Dawson falls to Clear Creek in quarterfinals


It has been a great year for Dawson boys basketball in their first year competing at the 6A level. Head coach Mark Barre proved his team can battle with the best of them as the Eagles faced No. 5 state-ranked Clear Creek in the 6A Region III quarterfinals.

While Dawson (30-6) came up short in the end, Clear Creek (32-3) knew they had been a fight.

The first half was close as the Wildcats nipped the Eagles 10-8 at the end of the first period. The game continued to stay close as Creek edged Dawson 15-14 in the second quarter for a slim 25-22 lead at intermission.

Dawson came out strong in the third quarter using the hot-shooting of senior Jordan Lewis. Thanks to a couple of long-range bombs, the Eagles actually took a 30-27 lead.

Creek surged ahead 34-32 late in the third but the Eagles tied it at 34-34 on two free throws by senior C.J. Simmons.

Creek took the third quarter 15-14 leaving Dawson trailing 40-36 and still very much in the game entering the final frame.

Dawson clawed back to make the score 46-43 when junior Paul Taulton canned a couple of free throws, but that is as close as the Eagles would get as Creek outscored Dawson 10-8 down the stretch for the 56-51 victory.

"I thought we battled all night," said Barre. "We just couldn't get the stops when we needed them."

Junior Paul Taulton and senior C.J. Simmons both added 13 points.