It may have been an all-star game, but it was Baltimore hig school basketball, and as usual, Dunbar was prominent.
Dunbar juniors Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright led the East underclassmen as they defeated the West, 116-103, in the second annual East vs. West High School All-Star games last night at Morgan State.
Lloyd scored 20 points, had eight rebounds, eight steals and four assists while Bright had 22 points and six rebounds.
Dunbar junior guard Deigo Jones scored five to spark a 9-0 run that erased a 12-10 West lead and put the East ahead. The East never trailed again.
"We played well considering we had only one week of practice, but it wasn't a big adjustment because some of us played together during the summer," said Bright. The East seniors and the West seniors met in the second game last night.
Walbrook forward Jermaine Porter led the West and all scorers with 29 points.
The West trailed by 17 at the half but managed to rally within 107-102 with 2 minutes left in the game.
However, the East ran off five straight to ease ahead, 112-102, and the West never seriously threatened again.
It was a moral victory for the West underclassmen who were crushed by the East, 121-88, in last year's game. This year, the West let the East build a 64-47 halftime lead but rallied in the third quarter. The West trailed, 89-82, after three quarters.
"We came out to play," said Porter. "We really wanted to beat them. We played better and had less turnovers. We got good, strong play from the inside men and we were able to match up with them."
The West also got a strong performance from Carver center Rodney Black, who had 16 points and nine rebounds.