Barre realistic about Dawson’s 10-game win streak
Winners of seven straight district boys’ basketball championships, the Dawson Eagles might have been slightly miffed to learn they were picked fourth in this year’s District 23-6A race.
While that, to some degree, is understandable, Eagle head coach Mark Barre simply took it in stride.
Although his team is riding a 10-game win streak, which includes a notable list of victims, Barre is very matter-of-fact about Dawson’s current state of affairs.
“We were not preseason ranked anywhere,” Barre said. “People had a lot of doubts about this team. It’s great to be on a 10-game winning streak, but we haven’t won a district game yet.”
Barre scrutinizes his team each year, not by one game or one half or one quarter, but by each possession.
It’s a formula which has paid huge dividends for the only head boys’ basketball coach in school history.
“In the 10 games in a row that we won, we allowed 44.5 points per game,” Barre said. “You have to put the ball in the basket, but getting stops is what it’s all about.
“When you can go to Fort Bend Travis and give up 38 points, it’s a pretty rewarding deal. But I heard Bill O’Brien the other day talking about people patting (the Houston Texans) on the back for winning nine straight. He said ‘we haven’t accomplished anything. We haven’t won a playoff game yet.’
“I told our guys after we got back from the bus trip to Travis that nobody cares what we’ve done until now. We’ve got to go to Strake Jesuit on Tuesday and then we get Pearland here on Friday.
“If we lose those two games, what does that 10-game winning streak mean then?”
The Eagles (11-4) lost four of their first five games before discovering their roles, creating chemistry, and executing the game plan.
“It’s nothing fancy,” Barre said. “We’re not a super-pressure defensive team. We’re conservative in that aspect.
“We try to make teams try to beat us over the top and not give up easy baskets. This can be such a simple game, and coaches and kids can mess it up when you try to go outside of what is working.
“When they start to deviate from it, you have to reel them in and remind them of what got us where we are.”
In its current win streak, Dawson has beaten Manvel, Katy Tompkins, Brazosport, Aldine Nimitz, Spring Woods and Travis among four others.
Some have been close, others have been lopsided, such as the 92-32 win over the Exporters, a traditionally strong team.
“We’re getting really great production inside from our big guys, Lorenzo Waddy (6-foot, 8-inch senior) and Jordan Marshal (6-5 senior),” Barre said.
“They’re great defensive rebounders and good at blocking shots near the rim. In our game today, you see a lot of length, but you don’t always see the physicality. That’s what those two guys bring.”
In addition, Marshall and Waddy scored 15 and 12 points in the victory over Travis to fuel the offense. In the triumph over Nimitz, senior guard D.K. Thorn poured in 18 points. Thorn also scored a game-high 26 against a stout Spring Woods (10-4) team.
Although Dawson is playing well, the Eagle head coach is realistic about what can transpire in the 23-6A race.
“I’ve seen every team but Hastings, and they’re all good,” he said. “Our coaches have seen Hastings, and they’re impressed.
“If you’re not ready to play, you can lose to anybody in this district, without question. George Ranch is very good, and I can see them winning it all. Alief Taylor is great. I mean…they’re all good.
“I see us having a chance to win it. But we have to maintain the habits we try to create every day.
“It’s nice to have won 10 straight, but going into district, it doesn’t mean anything.”