No. 4 Southwestern hands No. 9 Dunbar a rare loss in the city Layup with 3 seconds left gives Sabers a 68-66 win

Boys basketball

January 06, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A victory over Dunbar by a city opponent has been very rare. But the losses for Dunbar are becoming too familiar.

The No. 9 Poets suffered their fourth loss of the season yesterday, losing to host and No. 4 Southwestern, 68-66, in a Baltimore City nonleague game.

Southwestern senior guard Reginald Johnson's layup with just over three seconds remaining was the decisive score, ending a five-minute scoring drought for the Sabers (6-1).

On the ensuing possession, Chris Dean inbounded the ball to Tim Lyles who drove down the court and launched a three-pointer from 19 feet that bounced off the rim as time expired, setting off a small celebration by some of the Southwestern fans at mid-court.

Johnson finished with 23 points, and Cornelius McMurray added 13 points and Donta Lloyd had 12. Tommy Polley and Atman Smith led Dunbar (4-4) with 17 points apiece.

The last loss by Dunbar to a city opponent was to Southern-B in December 1993 in the Function at the Junction Mixer at Coppin (( State. Over the past two seasons, Dunbar has won 48 of 52 games and two state championships.

But the Poets equaled their loss total of those two previous seasons with yesterday's setback. Though the team has been competitive in each loss, Dunbar's locker room was silent after the game.

"We're just starting to come together as a team," said Dean, who added seven rebounds. "It will come in time, but right we just have to deal with it."

Dean tied the game for Dunbar with a layup on a pass from Polley with 47 seconds remaining. After a Southwestern timeout with 25.1 seconds left, Dean tipped the inbound ball into Polley's hands.

Smith missed a jumper and the Sabers got the ball back down the court, missing two attempts under the basket before Stanley Parker was fouled with 4.4 seconds left.

With no bonus situation, Bobby Gray inbounded the ball to Johnson around the top of the key. Johnson drove around Polley down the lane and laid it up with 3.2 seconds left.

"I saw the opening and I went in," said Johnson (five assists). "I was confident it was going in."

The Sabers, which nearly overcame a 23-point deficit before losing to No. 5 Lake Clifton on Wednesday, almost wasted a seemingly comfortable margin, going scoreless until Johnson's game-winning layup after taking a 66-58 lead with 5:04 left.

A three-point play by Polley started the Poet rally, then two free throws by Smith closed the gap to 66-63 with 3:22 left.

Lyles converted one of two free throws with 2:46 remaining to pull Dunbar to within two. The Poets couldn't take advantage of a pair of misses and turnovers by Southwestern before Polley found Dean for the game-tying score.

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