No. 3 Dunbar runs streak to 10 straight victories

Poets clinch City's 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. "We were able to beat them on breaks and were hitting a lot of shots."

The Sabers' trademark half-court pressure defense helped established an early 13-6 advantage before Dunbar went on a 9-0 run to take a 15-13 lead.

Trailing 25-24, Dunbar received consecutive baskets from reserve Steve Miller, part of a 5-0 run putting the hosts up 29-25 with 4: 32 remaining.

A three-pointer by Marcus Felder gave the Sabers the lead back at 31-29, then Cooper capped a 12-0 run with consecutive baskets giving Southwestern its largest lead at 37-29.

"We didn't played that well in the first half. We played well enough to be up because we were executing on offense," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverett, whose team led 37-33 at the half before shooting 13 of 36 in the second half.

`But in the second half, you're a little tired. So if you don't take that extra three to four seconds, your legs are a little gone."

Long reach 76, No. 17 Wilde Lake 64: The Lightning punished the Wildecats on the boards, pressing them into a 33 percent (23-for-70) shooting and knocked them out of a first-place tie in the Howard County league.

It was Wilde Lake's second loss in two days.

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