No. 2 Walbrook shows early promise

Warriors face tough test vs. Dunbar of Washington

Boys Mayor's Basketball Academy

High schools

January 18, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

It is rare indeed that Walbrook's boys basketball program has found itself near the top of The Sun's Top 20 rankings, and coach Kelvin Bridgers said his No. 2-rated Warriors have worked hard to get there.

"We went 17-5 last year and we have four starters back. Our kids played together in the off-season and played in three different leagues over the summer," said Bridgers, whose team is 12-1. "But to tell you the truth, we didn't expect to be ranked this high, this early."

A 65-53 victory over then 18th-ranked Mervo on Tuesday began the "really tough part of our schedule," Bridgers said. It continues with tomorrow's 4:30 p.m. game against Dunbar of Washington in the Mayor's Basketball Academy at Coppin State University.

The Warriors also are paired against Spingarn, another Washington power, at 4:30 on Saturday.

Walbrook has yet to face Lake Clifton, Dunbar, Southern, Carver or Douglass, traditionally difficult Baltimore City opponents.

"The rankings don't mean a whole lot when you have the kind of rivalries you have in Baltimore City. Southwestern was ranked No. 4 last year when we were No. 15 and knocked them off," Bridgers said. "The bottom line is that we're just another team to everyone else. We're a target. And our kids know that if we do not play well, then we will get beaten."

But the Warriors have played well, particularly on defense. Only No. 4 Aberdeen scored more than 54 points against them, that coming in a 69-67 win over the Warriors.

Tynell Dunkley, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward (Bridgers lists four of his starters as such), is the Warriors' tallest player and perhaps its best defender in the paint. Dunkley averages 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Another shot-blocker is 6-3 Steve Woodard, who averages four blocks, nine rebounds and 14.8 points.

Daevon Haskins, 6-3, ranks as the top scorer with 20.1 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. Jamal Booker's forte is rebounds, a category he leads with 11 per game to go with 10 points and three steals.

Point guard Dontay Draper averages 6.4 assists, four steals and just over seven points, and runs the show.

Mayor's Basketball Academy

(at Coppin State)

Boys schedule

Today

Northwestern vs. Carver, 2:30 p.m.

Southwestern vs. Woodlawn, 5:30 p.m., Douglass vs. Pikesville, 7 p.m.

Tomorrow

Southwestern vs. Pikesville, 3 p.m.

Walbrook vs. Dunbar-D.C., 4:30 p.m.

Dunbar vs. Aberdeen, 6 p.m.

Lake Clifton vs. Spingarn, 7:30 p.m

Southern vs. Ballou, 9 p.m.

Saturday Carver vs. Woodlawn, 9 a.m.

Northwestern vs. Douglass, noon

Spingarn vs. Walbrook, 4:30 p.m.

Ballou vs. Dunbar, 6 p.m.

Dunbar-D.C. vs. Lake Clifton, 7:30 p.m.

Aberdeen vs. Southern, 9 p.m.

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