No. 7 Dunbar gets KO'd by Edmondson

Poets' state semifinal streak ended at seven in 72-65 loss

Boys 2A regional final

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

Some were surprised when Edmondson made a run at the state 2A football championship this past fall.

Yesterday, the west Baltimore school shocked defending state 2A champion and No. 7 Dunbar, 72-65, in the Class 2A North Region final.

The Redskins (13-8) will play Prince George's County's Gwynn Park, which beat Central 60-50 last night for the 2A South championship, in a semifinal 9 p.m. Friday at Cole Field House.

Gwynn Park is ranked No. 11 in the state by the Associated Press.

Keiron Posey scored 19 points to lead Edmondson, and Danny Dixon added 16. Calvin Dotson led Dunbar (18-6) with 25 points, and Jujuan Robinson had 20.

In ending Dunbar's streak of state semifinal appearances at seven, Edmondson becomes the sixth Baltimore City team to advance to the final week of the state public season.

For Eddie Colbert, Dixon, Tafay Harrell, Harold Jenkins, Jason Murphy -- members of the Redskins' football squad -- it means another chance at a state championship.

"We felt we beat Dunbar during the regular season," said Dixon, referring to Edmondson's 51-49 loss to Dunbar in January. "We got out of the zone and played straight man-to-man and pressed them. We pulled out all the stops."

Yesterday, the Poets had an 11-point lead midway in the third quarter, but Edmondson dominated the boards the final 12 minutes of play.

When Dotson converted a four-point play to give the Poets a 62-61 lead with 2: 43 remaining, it appeared Dunbar would again find a way to win. But Edmondson didn't buckle, getting two free throws by Colbert (10 points) before Posey buried a short jumper to open a 65-62 lead with 1: 51 remaining in regulation.

After Dunbar pulled to within 67-65 with 58 seconds remaining, Posey struck again with another jumper and added three free throws to leave his imprint on the upset.

"It feels like we're going to Disney World," said Posey, who scored 15 second-half points. "We came in here with a lot of confidence, and we took it all the way."

The Poets-Redskins game in January was one of many close calls Dunbar had during the regular season in city league play, which ended with a 22-point loss to Southern on its home court for the city title more than a week ago.

In recent weeks, the Poets have had to deal with the removal of four players for various reasons. Poets coach Lynn Badham refused to use the recent distractions as an excuse.

"Edmondson wanted a little more than us," said Badham, sitting in the Poets' locker room. "We were too complacent and too relaxed. We had enough to get the job done. Their desire was more than ours."

Said Redskins coach Pete Pompey: "Nothing can top winning a national championship, but this is the biggest win for me personally at Edmondson."

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