Dunbar gets even with Patterson Pressure defense keys 90-32 rout

December 11, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

A few weeks ago, Patterson defeated Dunbar on the footbal field to win the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship.

Yesterday, on the Clippers' basketball court, the Poets evened the score.

Alexander Mobley scored 24 and Boys basketball

Keith Booth added 23 to lead top-ranked Dunbar to a 90-32 MSA Gamper Conference 4A-2A Division win.

For the Poets (3-0 and ranked fifth nationally by USA Today), the game was a breather after Tuesday night's overtime thriller against St. Raymond's (N.Y.).

Coach Pete Pompey took full advantage by giving court time to several of his less-experienced players.

Twelve players scored for Dunbar, including the seldom-used Henry Giles, Sean Lipscomb, Robert Foster, Eric McNeil and Damon Lewis.

"It's good for some of the other kids who don't normally get the opportunity to play," said Pompey. "There's no question it will help us later in the season and down the road."

The win extended Dunbar's area-best winning streak to 55 games.

But Clippers coach Larry Alexander, an assistant at Dunbar in the 1980s, said Pompey may have had extra motivation to win big.

"I know they were thinking about the football game," said Alexander of Patterson's 24-14 football victory over the Poets. "They were trying to show a little retribution."

Pompey, however, denied that.

"It's over with," he said. "We've lost championship games before. If I were going to be mad at somebody, I'd be mad at our players for not tackling."

Said Booth: "We didn't even think of that, but I'm sure it was in the back of Coach Pompey's mind. We just came out here to win a basketball game and work on our defense."

The Poets had an easy time defending a Patterson starting five that included four sophomores and a freshman.

After struggling early -- though leading by eight at the end of the first quarter -- Dunbar outscored the Clippers 51-12 in the middle two quarters to gain a 68-21 lead.

Dunbar forced 37 turnovers, and kept up its pressure defense for most of the way. The Poets also taught Patterson a lesson it won't soon forget.

"I learned that with a young team we're going to have to work hard," said Alexander.

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