It's Dunbar vs. Harker in final Poets rout Fairley in Iolani semifinal

December 22, 1991|By Pat Bigold | Pat Bigold,Special to The Sun

HONOLULU -- It was an all-Maryland final in the Oceanic Iolani Prep Classic early this morning at the Blaisdell Center.

In semifinal play Friday night, Dunbar High School of Baltimore, the No. 1 team in the nation, clobbered previously ranked Fairley of Memphis, 82-48, and No. 10 Harker Prep of Potomac held off Dunbar of Washington, 66-59.

Donta Bright had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Lloyd had 22 points and seven assists to lead the Poets (7-0) to their third straight blowout in the classic, which began Tuesday.

Bright is averaging 20.6 points through three games and Lloyd 20.

L Bright leads the Poets in rebounding in the Classic with 33.

Despite the wide margin, Dunbar coach Pete Pompey said his players did not perform as comfortably as they did in erasing Iolani, 111-52, on Thursday night.

"There was a lot more emotion in this one," said Pompey. "Fairley is a very good team, and we may not play against someone like Sylvester ['Deuce'] Ford again for the rest of the season. If we relaxed at all against them, it would have been different."

Fairley was ranked No. 15 by USA Today in preseason but has fallen from the rankings.

Ford, a 6-foot-7 point guard who is considered one of the top five juniors in the country, had 18 points for the Bulldogs.

The Poets had nine players in the scoring column and pulled down 27 rebounds to Fairley's 15.

Bulldogs coach Sylvester Ford, father of the point guard, said Dunbar lives up to its No. 1 ranking: "They certainly do, and that Bright is a great basketball player who could have a pro career. But I was most impressed with their defense."

Ford said his big man, 6-foot-8 1/2 Mario Lucas, did not play up to his potential. The Poets held Lucas, who has signed a national letter of intent to attend Maryland, to a field goal and a handful of rebounds.

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