Dunbar, outcheered but not outdone, wins region Garrett's hot final period helps put away Broadneck

Class 3A/Boys basketball

March 08, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Dunbar gymnasium had a home-town feel -- for the other team.

Broadneck, whose coach, Ken Kazmarek, scouted Dunbar three times, brought seven busloads of fans who out-numbered Dunbar's -- including the Poets' band -- by about 4-to-1. Athletic director Tim McMullen said all spring practices were canceled yesterday. The Bruins' faithful were louder, their cheerleaders constant.

But on this afternoon, Dunbar was better where it mattered most, on the floor.

The No. 11 Poets' 9-0 run to start the fourth period turned a five-point advantage into a 14-point lead and pushed Dunbar (17-6) to the Class 3A East region crown, 63-56, over No. 7 Broadneck (20-5), this season's best team in Anne Arundel County.

The Poets, winning their 17th straight game, halted the Bruins' winning streak at 15.

Dyrell Garrett scored all of his 12 points in the final period, to go with 13 assists on the game. He started the run with a three-pointer and ended it with a driving lay-up. In between, Jamal Brown (16 points, five rebounds) had four points for the Poets.

The win means Dunbar will try to win its fifth straight state championship starting with a semifinal game Thursday at 3 or 5 )) p.m. at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

"That three-pointer jump-started us, and I felt like it gave us a lot of breathing room toward the end," said the 5-foot-6 Garrett, who was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final period. "It's the first year for Coach [Lynn Badham], and we didn't want him to miss out on Cole. It's going to be my third time going."

Dunbar's Tim Lyles (18 points) had three three-pointers in the first period, and Arnold Bowie came off the bench to score all of his nine points in the third period.

For Broadneck, 6-4 John Williams, Anne Arundel County's top scorer, had 19 points and eight rebounds, and 6-5 Noble Watkins, scored 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

But the Poets' defense limited the Bruins' vaunted outside shooters, Brad Limbacher and Mike D'Archangelo, to just one three-pointer each.

"We came in knowing that we couldn't get behind by much, but I thought the run hurt us a little too much. We didn't have enough time to get back into it," said Kazmarek. "Noble had a tremendous game, and we did a good job getting back into the game. We played our hearts out, and I think this region will be well represented."

Bowie ignited a 13-6 third-quarter run to put the Poets up 41-31. But Broadneck's Lehrman Dotson's three-pointer, and Williams' put-back made it a five-point game again. The Poets took a 45-40 lead into the final period.

"I knew they were good, and I was trying to get my kids to understand that," said Badham, whose Poets got off to a 6-0 start before losing six of their next seven, including to No. 1 Southwestern in their first home defeat in 10 seasons.

"Our kids sometimes feel like they're invincible, but I think this will help it to sink in that they're not," said Badham.

Dunbar led 18-16 after the first period, Brown breaking a 16-16 tie with 27 seconds left on a couple of free throws.

The Poets held a 28-25 lead at the intermission, despite a seven-point period by Williams.

Pub Date: 3/08/97

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