Dunbar runs away from Edmondson Poets' postseason streak hits 18 with 93-78 win

Class 3A/Boys basketball

March 06, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Forget that Dunbar lost six games during the regular season, including its first loss at home since 1988. This is postseason, something the Poets relish.

No. 11 Dunbar began its pursuit of a fifth consecutive state championship, defeating host Edmondson, 93-78, in a Class 3A East regional semifinal contest yesterday.

Tim Lyles led Dunbar (16-6) with 27 points and added five assists and three steals. Dontaz Dean added 12 and Dyrell Garrett had 11. Edmondson's Virgil Singleton led all scorers with 32 points.

Dunbar will host No. 7 Broadneck at 4 p.m. tomorrow for the region title and a trip to College Park for next weekend's state Final Four. The Bruins defeated Mount Hebron, 59-52, last night.

The Poets have yet to lose in 18 state post-season games and have won a state championship in three different classifications, only the second school to achieve that feat. Dunbar's last postseason loss was to Southern-Baltimore in the 1989-90 season.

Dunbar, which opened with six straight wins, then lost six of seven games in January, has rolled up nine consecutive victories.

In their playoff opener yesterday, the Poets put together a strong third-quarter run to bury Edmondson (10-12), scoring on 10 straight possessions in a 21-7 spurt for a 61-34 lead with 2: 43 remaining in the third quarter.

"We played well in spurts," said Dunbar first-year coach Lynn Badham. "We looked in the second half to pressure them and forced them into some turnovers."

Sophomore center Jamal Brown (eight points) highlighted the Poets' third-quarter run by scoring six consecutive points, including an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Durrell Garrett, and finished off a behind-the-back pass from Tim Lyles with another dunk and was fouled.

Singleton, the City League's leading scorer, hit a pair of three-pointers to bring Edmondson to within 21-19 with 5: 46 remaining in the first half.

But a rebound and layup by Chris Dean (10 points, seven rebounds) and an off-balance banker by Lyles ignited a 15-5 run that pushed the Poets' lead to 36-24. Dunbar led 40-27 at halftime.

"Our inexperience hurt us, and Dunbar is a heck of a team," said Edmondson coach James James. "People were saying they aren't good as they were in the past, but they're not bad at all."

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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