Poets sample sweet measure of revenge

January 13, 1992|By Sam Davis | Sam Davis,Sun Staff Correspondent

ERIE, PA. RJB — ERIE, Pa. -- Dunbar seniors Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright have lost just five games since the beginning of their sophomore seasons.

"When we get a chance to get revenge, we go for it because we are seniors and we won't get another chance," Bright said.

Saturday night, Lloyd and Bright helped Dunbar, the area's and the nation's No. 1 team, take care of unfinished business by winning the McDonald's Classic, a tournament the Poets had been eliminated from in the first round two seasons ago by Cathedral Prep of Erie, 68-62.

This season's title-game victory, 82-66, over Dunbar High of Dayton, Ohio, at Gannon University, raised the Poets' record to 14-0 and gave them 36 straight victories.

Bright, a 6-foot-6 center/forward, scored 22 points, had eight rebounds, blocked four shots, made three steals and made three assists. Reserve sophomore center Alexander Mobley scored 19 and grabbed nine rebounds.

Lloyd added 16 points and five assists. His defense of 6-3 guard Richard Brown took away the Wolverines' only sure weapon.

Lloyd did most of his damage in the first half, when the Poets built a 39-26 lead that never dropped below nine in the second half. Lloyd limited Brown to 10 first-half points while scoring 14.

"Mike is a good defensive player when he wants to play defense out there," Poets coach Pete Pompey said. "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."

Brown, who scored 30 in a semifinal win over Cathedral Prep of Erie on Friday night, finished with a game-high 28. He had one hot streak in the third quarter, after Lloyd went to the bench with four fouls and Dunbar ahead by 47-29 with 5:46 left.

Dayton Dunbar (6-3) ran off nine straight points, including seven by Brown, slicing the Poets' lead in half to 47-38.

But the Poets used a 7-2 spurt to push the lead to 54-40 and an 8-0 spurt at the end of the quarter to make it 62-44.

The title is the Poets' fourth this season; the others were in Johnstown, Pa., Honoluluand Myrtle Beach, S.C. Dunbar also has won a game in St. Louis.

The rest of the Poets' schedule is in-state.

"Thank God, this road trip is over, but it doesn't get any easier," Pompey said. "We have to go home and face the likes of Walbrook, Southern and Lake Clifton, and we have the Charm City Classic."

The Poets, who got their seventh victory over a nationally ranked opponent with Friday's 66-57 win over No. 4 Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, will meet two nationally ranked teams in the Charm City Classic at Towson State on Friday and Saturday.

Friday at 7 p.m., the Poets take on No. 12 St. Raymond's (N.Y.), and Saturday, they meet No. 3 St. Anthony's (N.J.). The Poets beat St. Raymond's, 89-81, Dec. 29 in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach.

Southern, the area's No. 2 team also will meet St. Raymond's and St. Anthony's in the Charm City Classic. Southern takes on St. Anthony's on Friday at 9 p.m. and meets St. Raymond's on Saturday at 7 p.m. Walbrook, the area's No. 3 team, and Philadelphia's Simon Gratz, ranked No. 11 nationally, will meet in a preliminary Saturday at 5 p.m.

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