Dunbar snaps Walbrook's streak at 6

Improving Poets win, 85-76, with `team' game

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 05, 2000|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When Dunbar dropped its first city boys basketball game in nearly two seasons in December, reaching the city title game didn't seem likely, especially to those who felt the 1999-2000 Poets squad may be one of the school's weakest in recent memory.

Last night at Walbrook, where Dunbar won last season's city championship, the Poets took a step toward earning the right to defend their title, beating 12th-ranked Walbrook, 85-76.

In winning the battle of unbeatens in the city's Division I and ending Walbrook's win streak at six, the Poets (11-4 overall) improved to 4-0, with league contests against No. 7 Southwestern and Mervo remaining.

Kenny Minor led five double-digit scorers for Dunbar with 15 points. Senior guard Calvin Dotson scored 14, and Darryl Dorsey added 13. Steve Miller and Renardo Dickerson each scored 12. Junior forward Taevon Haskins led all scorers with 28 for the Warriors (12-2, 4-1).

The Poets, winners of eight straight since the Christmas holiday, built an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter, virtually eliminating the home crowd. The Warriors cut the deficit to six late, but Dunbar closed them out with 7-for-10 free-throw shooting.

"We're working hard, trying to get to the top," said Dunbar coach Lynn Badham. "Things are beginning to come in place. The kids are believing in themselves more."

In Dunbar's first game against Douglass, Dotson scored 12 points in the first half but only six in the second half. The Poets lost in overtime, 67-62.

Dotson, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, was hot with 10 points in the opening half yesterday, but Dorsey (11 second half points), Minor (nine) and Steve Miller (seven) picked up the slack in the final 16 minutes.

"We're believing it's got to be a team thing," said Dorsey, who also had five assists. "One individual or three individuals can't win a game. Everybody's got to stick together as one."

Riding a six-game win streak, Walbrook got the crowd immediately on its feet, opening with a dunk and a 4-0 lead. But after Dotson calmly drilled a three-pointer from the left of the arc, Dunbar methodically gained control, building a 10-point lead in the second, then settling for a 37-32 halftime lead.

The Poets opened the second half with second-chance baskets by Ray Akinola and Dorsey, a free throw by Dotson and jumper by Pierre Tucker, extending their lead to 44-32. Dorsey contributed six as Dunbar scored 10 of the next 14 points to build a 54-36 lead with 4: 01 remaining in the third.

"For some reason, we came out flat," said Walbrook coach Kelvin Bridges, whose team played its first game since Jan. 21.

Lamont Keaton added 15 points for Walbrook, and Shawn Thomas scored 11.

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