EASY BASKET - Pearland's Derrick Ardoin (10) gets an easy basket against the Dawson Eagles in a district contest.The Oilers won the game 45-35 while Ardoin scored 11 points with seven points in the final period. (Photo by Jose Fuentes)
PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers improved to 28-1 overall and 9-0 in district with a hard-fought 45-35 over cross-town cousin Dawson (14-15, 4-5).
The visiting Oilers owned the game from the very beginning even though the Eagles cut the lead to four points in the second half before Pearland secured the win in the final four minutes.
Senior guard Jordan Maxwell led the offensive thrust in the opening quarter with nine points to pace the Oilers to a 13-7 lead at the end of the first period.
Dawson tightened up the game in the second frame, but the Oilers still maintained their lead 11-10 making the score at intermission 24-17.
Brett Casas had a good second quarter for Dawson by scoring a 3-pointer and basket. The Eagles could have made it a little closer but they made only 1-of-5 free throws.
Both teams came out in the second half cold on offense as the Eagles outscored the Oilers 8-6 to cut the margin to 30-25. Pearland failed to score a basket in the period while knocking down 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
The Eagles hit three baskets and 2-of-5 from the charity line.
Pearland closed out the Dawson in the final eight minutes 15-10 making the final score 45-35.
Maxwell led the Oilers in scoring with 13 points while Ardoin tossed in 11.
A.J. Richard and Anthony Knox led the Eagles with eight points each.
As a team, the Oilers hit 11-of-17 free throws while the Eagles were 6-of-15.
The Oilers have punched their ticket to the post-season and are looking to stay undefeated to win the District 23-6A crown. Dawson is 4-5 in district and will need to close out the season with wins in the district to advance to the playoffs.