Dunbar on course with 118-63 win 2A EAST BOYS

March 02, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

CENTREVILLE -- Perhaps the toughest thing about Dunbar's 118-63 playoff semifinal blowout of 2A East region rival Stephen Decatur last night was enduring the 90-minute trip from Baltimore to Queen Anne's High.

The Poets' game bus took a wrong turn, detouring them 30 minutes out of their way. The game began 30 minutes late, but the Poets (22-1) were brutal no less.

It was apparent from the opening whistle -- when the 6-foot-4 Marvis Thornton (25 points, five rebounds)blocked the shot of a Seahawks player before nailing the game's first points on a subsequent three-pointer -- that Decatur was in over its head.

The Seahawks' best player, 6-3, 270-pound Corey Holland (17 points), who entered the game averaging 15 rebounds and 12 points, drove the lane to make it 3-2, but Dunbar went on a 10-0 run.

It began with 6-5 Tommy Polley (24 points, nine rebounds) following a lay-up with a dunk, guard Jeryl Singleterry (14 points, nine assists) getting a steal and a layup, and 6-6 Robert Foster (18 points, 11 rebounds) netting a put-back and a jumper for a 13-2 lead.

Second-ranked Dunbar led, 56-29, at halftime, with Polley scoring 16 in the first half and getting four of his five blocks in the second period. Thornton dunked four times against his opponents from the town of Berlin near Ocean City.

In all, 10 of Dunbar's 15 players scored, with all five starters scoring in double figures as the top-seeded defending state champs gave fourth seed Stephen Decatur (15-9) a bitter taste of what Baltimore City basketball is all about.

"We play in one of the toughest leagues around with Lake Clifton and Southern," said Singleterry.

Singleterry and Billy Wells (13 points, seven assists) had little trouble exploiting the Seahawks' man-to-man defense. J. R. Pernell (11 points) had three of Stephen Decatur's five three-pointers and was the only other Seahawk in double figures.

"We wanted to score big early and and basically put the game away," said Polley, a member of the Poets' last two state champion basketball teams. "That's basically what we did."

Dunbar coach Paul Smith expects a much stiffer challenge from No. 2 seed Cambridge (21-2), an 87-80 winner over No. 3 South River in the earlier semifinal.

"They'll have a big crowd here, as they always do," said Smith. "And we're looking forward to playing them."

Cambridge has faced the Poets twice over the past two seasons, losing to Dunbar in a close state title game two years ago, and losing by double-digits in last year's regional title game.

The Poets have a rematch of that title game at Queen Anne's tomorrow night at 7.

"The first year they beat us by six, the second by 17," said Cambridge's 6-4 forward Hanee Camper, who scored 24 points against South River.

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