Dunbar regains its No. 1 form

December 21, 1991|By Pat Bigold | Pat Bigold,Special to The Sun

HONOLULU -- Sometimes it takes more than a balmy December night in Hawaii to make Pete Pompey happy.

The Dunbar basketball coach was downright dejected earlier this week when his Poets got off to a lethargic start and found themselves trailing Kamehameha High by 11 after the first quarter of an eventual 74-48 victory.

Not wanting their coach to be unhappy in this holiday season, the Poets were ready from the opening tip Thursday night, en route to a 111-52 rout of the host Iolani Raiders in the quarterfinals of the Iolani Prep Basketball Classic.

"We had to come out looking like a No. 1 team," said guard Michael Lloyd, who scored 23 points and had five assists. "We had to push our defense and not let them get up on us the way they did the other night."

Early this morning, the Poets (6-0), ranked No. 1 in USA Today's national standings, met Fairley High School in the semifinals. The Bulldogs, who edged Roman Catholic of Philadelphia, 55-51, Thursday night, were ranked No. 15 in USA Today's preseason poll.

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