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Boys’ basketball: Dawson surges past Manvel, 57-43

November 20, 2018

Mark Barre has experienced enough basketball to know that no lead is comfortable - at least from his viewpoint.

Thus, when Dawson held a 21-2 second-quarter advantage on Manvel Tuesday afternoon, the Eagle head basketball coach was tense, yet focused.

He needed to use every bit of his composure as Manvel battled back to cut the lead to 25-23 before Dawson eventually prevailed, 57-43, at the Eagle gym.

“I’m never comfortable,” Barre said. “I just coach every possession, and I try to get our players to play hard every possession.

“Manvel has good players, a Division I signee…they have a lot of talent. You saw what happened. We have guys still trying to learn their roles.”

The Eagles scored the game’s first 11 points and appeared to be on cruise control. A 3-pointer by Hunter LaCoste started the spree before Lorenzo Waddy scored inside to make it 5-0. Jordan Marshall added a basket before D.K. Thorn scored consecutive hoops for the 11-0 advantage.

Manvel finally scored with two minutes left in the opening period for its first basket before Dawson opened a 16-2 lead after one period.

Baskets by Brett Casas and Waddy helped Dawson build the 21-2 bulge with 5:26 left in the half, but that’s when Manvel finally awakened.

The Mavericks ended the half on a 13-4 run to close to 25-15. A four-point play by Albert McBride with four seconds left culminated the rally.

Nothing changed at the outset of the third quarter as Manvel continued to chip away, scoring the first eight points of the second half to cut the deficit to 25-23.

McBride, a North Carolina-Asheville commit who scored a game-high 27 points, had seven of those points.

Dawson finally got untracked when reserve guard Jaylen Carthan buried a 3-pointer for a 28-23 lead, and Marshall made two free throws for a 30-23 score.

A layup from Carthan and his second 3-pointer gave the Eagles a 35-26 cushion with one minutes left in the third quarter. Dawson would eventually take a 35-28 edge into the final period.

“(Carthan) made a great move with the left hand, hit a three, and just really gave us some good minutes off the bench,” Barre said.

From there, Dawson easily maintained the upper hand.

Waddy and Marshall scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter for a 39-28 score, and Dawson would maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

The margin reached as many as 18 points (57-39).

“I liked how we guarded early,” Barre said. “With this team, our concern so far this year is general toughness.

“I don’t think we’ve been as tough as we need to be. We saw it some in the second half of the Humble game. We just have to keep grinding. You never get too excited and you never get too low. We’re young, and we’re learning.”

Dawson plays at Bellaire Episcopal on Friday before hosting Katy Tompkins at 2 p.m., Saturday.

tdunnam@hcnonline.com

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