ERIE, Pa. -- Baltimore's Dunbar High completed its final road trip of the season last night with an 82-66 victory over Dunbar High of Dayton, Ohio, in the championship game of the McDonald's Classic at Gannon University.
With a sellout crowd of 3,000 looking on, the Poets (14-0) had their way with the overmatched Wolverines (6-3), lengthening their winning streak to 36.
Dunbar coach Pete Pompey said he was concerned about a letdown against unranked Dunbar of Dayton after the Poets' semifinal win over No. 4 Oak Hill (Va.) Academy on Friday.
"I was afraid because of the energy we expended last night against Oak Hill," he said. "I knew there had to be a letdown. I
was just hoping it didn't drop that far."
Senior center Donta Bright led the Poets with 22 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists. Sophomore center Alexander Mobley came off the bench to score 19 and grab nine rebounds. Senior guard Michael Lloyd had 16 points, five assists and four steals, and junior forward Keith Booth had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
There was never much doubt about this one. Dayton Dunbar got two quick baskets to take a 5-0 lead, but the Poets rallied with 10 straight and went on to hold a 14-7 first-quarter lead.
The Poets maintained their advantage in the second quarter, using an 8-2 run at the end of the period to open their biggest lead, 39-26.
Lloyd, 6 feet 2, did a good job of shutting down Richard Brown, Dayton Dunbar's 6-3 senior guard. Brown, who scored 30 in Dayton Dunbar's semifinal win over Erie Cathedral Prep on Friday night, hit a three-pointer to open the game but finished the half just three of eight from the field.
"Mike is a good defensive player when he wants to play defense out there," said Pompey. "He has good, quick feet and great leaping ability. Sometimes, Mike likes to save himself, but when he goes all out, there is no better defensive guard in the country."
Lloyd also led the Poets with 14 first-half points; Bright added 10 and Mobley seven.
The Poets were out-rebounded by 21-18 in the first half, but Dayton Dunbar committed 12 turnovers, compared with six for the Poets.
Dayton Dunbar made a run in the third quarter after Lloyd picked up his fourth foul with 5 minutes, 46 seconds left in the quarter and the Poets ahead, 47-29.
Brown took advantage of Lloyd's absence. He scored seven as Dayton Dunbar ran off nine straight, slicing the Poets' lead in half at 47-38.
But the Wolverines never got closer, as the Poets used a 7-2 spurt to push the lead to 54-40. An 8-0 run at the end of the quarter pushed the lead to 62-44. Booth took over the defensive assignment on Brown in the latter part of the quarter and quieted him.
Brown scored some points in the fourth quarter after the game's outcome had been settled to finish with 28.
The tournament championship was the fourth this season for the Poets, who also won tournaments in Johnstown, Pa., Honolulu and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Poets also won one game in a one-day tournament in St. Louis.
"Thank God this road trip is over, but it doesn't get any easier," said Pompey. "We have to go home and face the likes of Walbrook, Southern and Lake Clifton, and we have the Charm City Classic [next weekend at Towson State against nationally ranked St. Anthony's (N.J.) and St. Raymond's (N.Y.)]."