Dunbar stars come home for Bogues' benefit


September 09, 1994|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer

Larry Johnson initiated the big pre-game topic of conversation before the Muggsy Bogues All-Star Classic -- "Who was 'the man' on Dunbar High School's mythical national championship team of 1983?"

"David Wingate," answered former Dunbar coach Bob Wade.

Bogues went nuts. He told Reggie Williams what their former coach had just said.

Johnson, Bogues' teammate on the Charlotte Hornets, burst out laughing and congratulated Wingate.

The old Poets teammates were back last night at the Baltimore Arena before 9,273 to settle the argument. Bogues, Williams and Wingate, who all grew up in East Baltimore, tried to show who was the man in 1994.

They teamed with other NBA players to raise money for Baltimore Reads, an adult literacy program.

Wade coached his former players for the first time since 1983. He had a better starting five this time -- Bogues, Williams, Wingate, Johnson and Alonzo Mourning.

But that team wasn't good enough to win the game. The Dunbar-led East Baltimore All-Stars lost to the West Baltimore All-Stars, 140-139. Mourning and Dell Curry led all scorers with 23 points. Johnson added 12. Sam Cassell, who played for the West team, led all former Dunbar players with 16. Williams was next with 12, Wingate had nine and Bogues chipped in with eight points and nine assists.

Wade said he tabbed Wingate as the best player on the 1983 team to make Bogues mad and to appease Johnson.

"They were on Muggsy, Larry Johnson, Dell Curry and Alonzo. They have a special relationship," Wade said. "All I was doing was playing up to Larry Johnson."

Who wouldn't?

Before the game, Wingate and Johnson, who play for the Hornets, acted as if they had been teammates since high school.

As they left the locker room, Wingate yelled, "Poets, get ready to roll." Johnson answered Wingate, even though he played high school ball in Dallas, not at Dunbar. "I could have played with the Poets," Johnson said.

Imagine that.

Johnson said he enjoyed seeing Bogues so mad over who was the best player at Dunbar. "That little man was jealous," Johnson said.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for another former Dunbar player who starred in the NBA, Reggie Lewis, who died of a heart ailment last year.

There was nothing serious about the rest of the game.

The East team trailed by 12 at halftime, but Williams, Johnson and Bogues led it back.

Williams hit two three-pointers, Johnson made a layup, and then Williams scored on a fast-break layup off a nice pass from Bogues. The East team trailed 88-84 with 6:39 left in the third quarter.

Wingate made only one basket in the second half. Williams said Wade had a good reason for calling Wingate the man. Wingate was a year older than Williams and Bogues.

"[Wade] was trying to get David a scholarship, that's all," Williams said. "He was letting his senior shine."

One thing that did not shine at the game was defense. The East trailed the West 106-102 after only three quarters.

Even the fans noticed a difference.

"I know it's only charity, but you've got to play some D," one fan screamed.

The defense did not get any better, but the tempo picked up in the fourth quarter.

Wingate definitely wasn't the man because Wade did not even start him in the last quarter. Curry started instead. With 10:36 left, Curry's three-pointer pulled the East team to 108-107.

The East led 136-133 and had the ball with one minute left, but the team squandered the lead.

Wingate missed a jump shot, and Cassell, who played for Dunbar after Wingate did, responded with a three-pointer. The West team pulled ahead on two free throws by Armon Gilliam.

The East team could not regain the lead, despite a last-second three-pointer by Curry. Wade did not mind that his team lost. He was just happy to coach his old players.

"It was a real thrill to be reunited," Wade said, "especially in Baltimore."

After the game, Wade could not decide which of his former players was the man.

"They all are," he said.

Bogues agreed.

"It was a great high school team," Bogues said. "We all felt like we was the man."

WEST -- W.Williams 8-15 0-3 17, Gilliam 7-16 4-6 12, Mutombo 10-11 0-3 20, Cassell 7-15 0-1 16, Webb 2-11 0-0 4, Gattison 5-9 1-4 11, Cheaney 5-10 4-4 14, Bol 3-7 1-2 7, Floyd 6-15 2-2 15, Burrell 9-16 0-0 18. Totals 63-125 12-25 140.

EAST -- Johnson 7-11 0-1 14, R.Williams 5-13 0-2 12, Mourning 9-20, 3-6 23, Bogues 4-7 0-0 8, Wingate 4-12 1-2 9, Malone 7-12 0-0 15, Rogers 5-12 2-4 19, Stewart 6-10 0-0 12, Curry 9-21 1-2 23, Graham 2-10 0-0 4. Totals 61-132 9-27 139.

Halftime--West 78-68. 3-point goals--West 4-23 (Cassell 2-5, Floyd W.Williams 1-6, Cheaney 0-3, Webb 0-2, Bol 0-2, Burrell 0-2); East 8-21 (Curry 4-7, R.Williams 2-6, Malone 1-3, Rogers 1-2, Graham 0-3). Rebounds--West 79 (Mutombo 16); East 56 (Mourning 18). Assists--West 20 (Webb 5); East 25 (Bogues 9). Total fouls--West 16; East 18. Fouled out--Rogers. A--9,273.

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