Dunbar makes point with 5th straight win

70-64 upset of Southern should help bid for respect

Boys basketball

January 19, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvin Dotson, among three seniors on the Dunbar Poets, said he's been "hearing it all year that we can't get it done."

"People have questioned everything about us, from we don't have any heart to we're too young," Dotson said. "We've heard we're the eighth-best team in the city. We've been the talk of the town that way."

But with a come-from-behind, non-divisional, 70-64 upset victory over fourth-ranked Southern (9-4) in a Baltimore City League game yesterday, the seventh-ranked Poets (8-4) took a step toward silencing the critics with their fifth straight win.

Pierre Tucker scored nine of his 20 points in the momentum-swinging third period to go with 15 rebounds.

And Dotson, who finished with 14 points, teamed up defensively with Kenny Minor (nine points), Darryl Dorsey (eight) and Steve Miller against Southern's All-Metro Melvin Scott (23 points), Keyshon Johnson (19 points) and Darshawn Luckey (15). Scott and Johnson scored four points each in the final period.

Dunbar's Reggie Cornell had 12 rebounds and blocked four shots, and Miller had six points, seven rebounds and six blocks.

"We can go pretty deep to our bench, so we felt like we wanted them to go to their bench. We made them do that," said Dotson, a 3.2 student. "We only have three seniors, but we're coming together. If you were going to get us, you should have gotten us early."

Dunbar trailed for most of the game, and by as many as 10 points in the second period (35-28 at halftime). Southern led 19-17 after a first period that was tied four of the game's 10 times.

But Tucker carried the Poets in the third period, during which the Poets outscored the Bulldogs 20-13. Miller's buzzer-beating jumper -- which would have been short had a Southern player not been called for goaltending -- made it 48-all entering the final period.

"I've been struggling, and I had it in my mind that I would turn it around in this game. But it was never a one-man effort. We weren't going to lose in my house," Tucker said. "We came out strong in the first quarter, but then we relaxed. Calvin and Kenny, they had a couple of real big shots late in the game."

A pair of free throws by Dotson early in the final period gave the Poets their first lead of the game (50-48) since an early 4-2 edge.

The lead changed for the eighth time after that before Minor's four-point play gave the Poets a 61-60 lead with 2: 10 to play. Yet another three-pointer, this one from Dotson, along the baseline, made it 64-61 with 1: 31 left.

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