Whether it is nationally ranked competition or a highly ranked local opponent, top-ranked Dunbar keeps rolling along.
No. 10 Walbrook (6-3, 3-2) became the latest victim yesterday, as the Poets (12-1, 4-0) defeated the Warriors, 91-55, in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I game before an overflow crowd estimated at 1,500 at the Community College of Baltimore.
Junior guard Michael Lloyd paced the Poets with a triple-double -- 22 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Junior center Donta Bright added 22 points and seven rebounds, senior guard Terrance Alexander had 16 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore forward Keith Booth had 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Poets, ranked No. 3 nationally by The Associated Press, made it look easy against a solid Walbrook team with one of the few features that could give them trouble -- height.
Dunbar raced to a 26-9 first-quarter lead, as Alexander and Bright each scored eight and Lloyd had six. The Poets hit 12 of 17 first-quarter field goals while using their full-court defensive pressure to limit Walbrook to four-of-12 shooting and force nine turnovers.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Dunbar built a 45-22 lead. The Poets made just five of 15 field goals, but limited Walbrook to four of 11 and forced eight turnovers.
The Poets boosted their lead to 75-39 after three quarters, and coach Pete Pompey went to his bench in the fourth.
Pompey, who has been reluctant to praise his team's performance, seemed excited about the way his team handled Walbrook.
"We played real well," he said. "Our defense was real good and we really executed in our half-court offense. This is probably one of the better games we've played all year, from beginning to end."
Dunbar's full-court pressure and trapping kept the Warriors from getting any consistency going with their set offense. That negated any chance for the Warriors to use their slight height advantage up front.
Walbrook's offensive leader, 6-foot-8 center Stevie Thomas (12 points) scored just four points in the first half. He scored the Warriors' first basket to make it 2-2, but the next time he scored, the Warriors trailed, 36-13.
Junior forward Jermaine Porter also got off to a slow start for Walbrook, hitting just one of seven first-half field-goal attempts. Walbrook's other starting forward, Shamar Bass, managed just one shot and two points in the first half, although he did finish with a team-high 17 points.
"We went away from what we planned on doing," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "Originally, we wanted to slow the ball up, but we came down and got caught up in it. We knew we couldn't run with them and we didn't want to run with them, but we just went away from it."
In its games against four local teams, Dunbar has scored 91, 116, 117 and 105 points. Yesterday's 36-point margin of victory was the smallest.
"You are going to have to play a near-perfect game or you are not going to beat them," Herrington said.