Dunbar keeps on rolling

No. 3 Poets clinch Div. I with 84-71 win over rival Southwestern

Boys basketball

February 10, 2000|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In a rematch of last winter's city championship game, No. 3 Dunbar again got the best of Southwestern, beating the Sabres, 84-71, last night.

The Poets' extended their winning streak to 10 games, and clinched first in the city's Division I and secured a spot in the city title game for the third consecutive season.

Darryl Dorsey scored 22 points to lead Dunbar (13-4) and Kenny Minor added 16. Mike Jones led No. 9 Southwestern (10-5, 2-3) with a game-high 24 points.

In last season's city title game at Walbrook, Dunbar stormed past the Sabers, 75-60, ending a two-year win streak by the West Baltimore school.

The city title will remain on the east as the Poets' opponent in the championship game will be Eastside rival and fifth-ranked Southern later this month. The Bulldogs defeated Patterson yesterday, to finish 7-0 in Division II. Dunbar defeated Southern, 70-64, in a non-divisional game last month.

The Poets turned yesterday's title rematch into an easy triumph, assembling a late third-quarter surge to build a 10-point advantage, then followed midway in the fourth quarter with a 12-3 run.

"We played good in spots, that has been the makeup of our team all year," Dunbar coach Lynn Badham said. "If we can ever put together a complete game, we'll be incredible. But we're young, so it's tough."

Dorsey, a senior, who spent two seasons at Southern-Balto. before transferring back to the school where he played junior varsity as a freshman, had 10 of his 18 second-half points in the fourth quarter.

With the Poets holding a 66-60 lead and the Sabers with possession after a turnover, Dorsey knocked the ball away near half-court and went in for a layup with 6: 04 remaining.

Minor (four steals, six assists) sandwiched baskets between a score by Jones, the area's fourth leading scorer, then Dorsey converted two Southwestern misses into easy scores.

"We knew we had to move the ball fast up court," said Minor, who helped engineered the Poets to 23 of 36 second-half shooting.

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