Dunbar duo goes out on a rare note Bright, Lloyd lose in all-star farewell

April 20, 1992|By Calvin Watkins | Calvin Watkins,Contributing Writer

ATLANTA -- The final high school basketball game for Dunbar's Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright ended in defeat, something unusual for a pair of teammates who led the Poets to a 74-5 record in their three varsity years together.

Playing for the East, Lloyd had 17 points and Bright nine in a 100-85 loss in the 15th annual McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game yesterday at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The West was led by Othella Harrington, whose 19 points and game-high 21 rebounds earned him the John Wooden Award as the most valuable player. The West's other top performer was USA Today Player of the Year Jason Kidd.

Lloyd covered Kidd, who finished with 12 points and six assists. He also helped limit Chris Collins, son of former NBA guard Doug Collins, to five points.

"I think I held my own against them," said Lloyd, who will attend Arkansas. "Jason is a hard-nosed, street type of player, while Collins is a laid-back type of player who likes to shoot threes."

Dunbar coach Pete Pompey praised Lloyd's showing against both players. "He proved he's going to be a good college basketball player," he said.

Lloyd had three dunks, three steals and five assists.

"Defense is his specialty," Pompey said. "The only thing he might have to improve on is his ball-handling."

Bright, The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year and the MVP of the Capital Classic at Cole Field House two weeks ago, finished 4-for-12 from the field yesterday.

"It's just one bad game," said Bright, an East starter who is headed to Massachusetts in September. "It was good playing with all of these all-stars. We [Dunbar] have played against many of them before, so it was no big deal. I had a great career at Dunbar -- a national championship, and an undefeated season, so I had a lot of fun."

DeMatha's Duane Simpkins went 1-for-5 from the field and finished with two points.

Simpkins, a point guard who will attend Maryland, said it was a thrill to play with the Dunbar stars.

"This will probably be the only chance I get to play on the same team with them," Simpkins said. "I forced some things today, but the main thing was to have some fun."

Lloyd had fun Thursday, when he came in second to Carlos Strong of Athens, Ga., in the slam-dunk contest. Lloyd jumped over a seated Collins for one dunk and jammed in the face of 7-foot-3 Serge Zwikker of Potomac for another.

"If the dunk contest was held here [Baltimore], I would have won," said a joking Lloyd, who was greeted at the game by a banner that read, "ARKANSAS LOVES MICHAEL."

Five Dunbar players have participated in the 15 McDonald's games, which have raised more than $1 million for children's charities.

This year's beneficiary was the Atlanta chapter of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.

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