Top-ranked Dunbar's boys basketball team may have lost to St. Anthony's (N.J.) on Friday in the semifinals of the Skyline Classic at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., but coach Pete Pompey says his team came back to Baltimore with a positive feeling.
"Our kids had an opportunity to compare themselves with teams in the [national] top 25, and we proved we can play with the top teams in the country," he said. "We also realized some of the things we do on offense and defense will work against the better teams."
The Poets, who went into the game ranked No. 12 in the nation by USA Today, lost to St. Anthony's, ranked No. 3 by USA Today, 66-65. Rodrick Rhodes (26 points) and Dan Hurley (23), two of the nation's top prospects, led St. Anthony's. Hurley's older brother, Bobby, is the Duke standout and his father, Bob, is the head coach at St. Anthony's.
For Dunbar, Terrance Alexander had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Donta Bright had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Keith Booth had 12 points and seven rebounds.
After a day off Saturday, Dunbar beat Marist (N.J.) in the consolation game Sunday, 69-65, as Booth scored 21 and Alexander and Michael Lloyd each had 16.
Bright jammed a finger on his right hand and did not play in the latter part of Sunday's game and is questionable for today's game at Northwestern.
"Right now, we don't know [if he will play]," said Pompey.
Pompey said the biggest thrill for his players was attending a National Basketball Association game Saturday at the Meadowlands Arena between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets. Dunbar stayed at the Meadowlands Sheraton along with the Nets, and the National Football League's Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
The Poets continue their tough early-season schedule against nationally ranked competition at the Gonzaga Classic at American University beginning Thursday. The field includes St. Anthony's and Dunbar of Washington. The Poets routed Washington's Dunbar in the championship game of the James Kenner Tournament on Dec. 1, 84-68.
Dunbar meets McQuaid (Rochester, N.Y.) on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. The winner of that game takes on Dunbar of Washington on Friday at 7 p.m. St. Anthony's also gets a first-round bye and will play the winner of Thursday's Gonzaga vs. St. Anne's (Charlottesville, Va.) contest, in the semifinal Friday at 8:45 p.m.
The championship game is Saturday at 4 p.m.
No. 5 Lake Clifton (2-1) left for Sacramento, Calif., yesterday to participate in the Sacramento Exchange Basketball Tournament.
Seven other East Coast teams, including Washington's Coolidge, and four West Coast teams are also participating in the tournament.
Lake Clifton takes on Hilam Johnson High (Calif.) today at 5 p.m. The Lakers are off tomorrow, then play Kennedy High (Calif.) Thursday at 5 p.m. After a day off Friday, the Lakers take on Sacramento High Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Lakers will tour Sacramento on their days off and will attend a Sacramento Kings game. At halftime of the Kings game, Lake Clifton players will participate in slam-dunk and three-point shooting contests against players from other teams in the tournament.
Vince Barnett became Southern-Anne Arundel's all-time leading scorer when he scored 39 in Friday's 87-82 loss at Frederick.
Barnett, a starter since his freshman year, boosted his career total to 1,416 points and surpassed the old mark of 1,399 set by center and 1973 graduate Jim Dove.
Barnett, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, was the only freshman to start in coach Tom Albright's 26 years at Southern. He averaged 22.1 points as a sophomore and 23.0 last season. He is averaging 26.6 this season.
Barnett, considered one of the area's top point-guard prospects, is leaning toward Richmond.
Overtime: Gilman lacrosse defenseman Andrew Thuth has given Dartmouth an oral commitment. . . . Sam Cassell (Dunbar), The Sun's 1988 Basketball Player of the Year and now a sophomore at San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College, signed a letter of intent with Florida State during the early signing period last month.