After having No. 1-ranked Dunbar reeling early, Douglass couldn't keep up the pace, and so the visiting Poets posted an 89-72 victory in a Baltimore City non-divisional game yesterday.
It wasn't until late in the second quarter that the Poets assumed command -- with a 19-0 run that went into the third quarter to build a 46-32 lead.
L Douglass got no closer than eight points in the second half.
Dunbar's junior center Jamal Brown led all scorers with 27 points, and Tim Lyles -- who sat awhile after getting three early fouls -- still scored 23 and had five assists for the 3-0 Poets. Junior forward Donteaz Dean scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds.
Brown dominated in the paint. The 6-foot-6 leaper scored 17 points in the first half, including three emphatic dunks, and finished with five rebounds and three blocked shots.
"Coach told us to bring the ball to my side because I was able to get inside and score," said Brown, a second-team All-City/County selection who has scored 80 points in three games this season. "We just had to play our game, and [not] get caught up in playing Douglass' game, because we would lose."
Meanwhile, Rodney Cofield, the Ducks' coach, could use some good news.
In his team's opener last Friday, Cofield lost a top player, Joe Ison, who suffered a concussion and won't be back until after Christmas. Yesterday, against the area's top team, the Ducks were without starter Antonio Day, who was serving a school suspension.
Senior guard Charles Harris led Douglass (1-1) with 22 points yesterday while Trevis Buckhanan and Antoine Williams added 16 and 13 points, respectively.
"They are very good and tough to match up," said Cofield, who played at Dunbar under Bob Wade in the mid-1980s. "They get up and down the court real well in transition. We wanted to make them take quick shots and [us to] rebound well."
Brown started the Poets' 19-0 surge by grabbing a rebound off his own miss and putting the ball back in. Lyles pulled Dunbar even at 32 with a three-point play.
The Poets went up 40-32 when Brown slammed home two points on a missed free throw by Dean. Lyles hit a three-pointer, and then Brown made the Poets' halftime lead 45-32 on another slam off the baseline at the buzzer.
"We played well in spots," said Dunbar coach Lynn Badham, who coached at Douglass in the 1995-96 season. "We knew they weren't going to back down but play hard."