Despite - or, actually, due to
- missed free throws, Dawson (Pearland, Texas)
defeated Manvel (Texas) 123-115 in a four-overtime basketball marathon on Friday night to clinch the District 24-4A title and earn No. 1 seeding for the post-season.
Because the Dawson Eagles had lost a close game (86-81) previously to Manvel, they had to beat Manvel by at least six points to gain top seeding in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
The Eagles had several opportunities to win along the way, but the margin would not have been by six or more points. For example, Ivan Medina intentionally bounced two free throws off the backboard with 6.2 seconds left in regulation play and the game went into its first extra session, tied at 70. With nine seconds left in the third overtime, he purposely missed two more foul shots, forcing the fourth overtime with the score tied at 106.
Dawson finished with 37 free throws out of 65 attempts.Dakarai Henderson
led Dawson with 46 points and Jarried Littleton
* Jose Estrada
poured in 49 points to spark Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello, Calif.)
to a 72-65 victory over St. Anthony (Long Beach, Calif.). The standout junior from Mexico twice has scored 47 points in a game and is averaging 32.6.
* Larry Sylvester, who wasn't even on the roster when the season started, fired in a 3-pointer to give Troy (Mich.)
a 62-59 victory over Ferndale (Mich.). The senior received a second chance when one player transferred and another was dropped from the team.
* Pershing (Detroit, Mich.)
defeated Mumford (Detroit, Mich.) 80-77 despite 47 points by Raven Bankston.
* In another girls game, Portledge (Locust Valley, N.Y.)
defeated Waldorf (Garden City, N.Y.) 56-22 as Tamara Simpson
made 14 steals and scored 26 points.