Dunbar can't stop Morris, T. Johnson, falls, 82-51 UM recruit's triple double ends Poets' title run at 4

Boys 3A

March 16, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- With University of Maryland assistant coach Billy Hahn at courtside, his recruit, Thomas Johnson's 6-foot-8 Terence Morris, showed the crowd of over 5,000 at Cole Field House why the Terps signed him to a full scholarship in November.

Morris scored 25 points, including five dunks, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked 10 shots and dished off seven assists to lead the Patriots over No. 6 Dunbar, 82-51, for the school's sixth Class 3A state title, but its first since 1988.

The Poets failed in their bid to tie Alleghany by winning a fifth consecutive state championship.

It was the second straight triple double for Morris, who left the game with 2: 41 to play and his team ahead, 74-41. He had 28 points, 10 blocks and 10 rebounds in Thursday's semifinal victory over No. 5 Randallstown.

"It felt great playing here today. The atmosphere had me pretty pumped up. We just wanted to bring a 3A state championship home," said Morris. "It surprised me a little bit to see him [Billy Hahn] here, but it also inspired me to play better."

Morris also got support from Loyola College-bound Hasheem Alexander (17 points, eight rebounds), who was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line, and Chad Dickman (16 points, five assists), son of Thomas Johnson coach Tom Dickman.

The Patriots (22-5), who led 20-7 after the first period and 43-17 at intermission, shot 60 percent in the first half, had just three turnovers and a 17-11 advantage in rebounds. Morris had 14 points -- including three dunks -- eight rebounds and two blocks before halftime.

"We had Morris. I thought that was our main advantage and I wanted to do everything we could to make sure he got the ball," said Tom Dickman. "Overall, we got the ball inside, we played great defensively in the first half -- I don't know whether we can play much better than that."

Dunbar, meanwhile, was 7-for-20 from the field and had 12 turnovers. The Poets (18-7) also hurt themselves with unforced errors such as errant passes, stepping out of bounds and traveling infractions.

"We lost because I did not have my team properly prepared to play," said first-year Dunbar coach Lynn Badham. "Take nothing away from Thomas Johnson. They have a great team, and I don't want to blame it on our youth. They shot free throws well and seemed to want it a little more than we did.

"It was like our team felt as though having been here a few times we could go out there and teams would be in awe of us."

Dunbar's Jamal Brown scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, and sophomore Arnold Bowie and junior Derek Jones each had eight points. The Poets' lone senior starter -- Chris Dean -- finished with seven points and four rebounds.

"They did a good job getting their big man the ball and getting us in foul trouble," said Dean. "After halftime, we tried to play like we still had a chance to win. but we just couldn't get it going."

Pub Date: 3/16/97

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