Dunbar overpowers Southern-B, 92-74

No. 3 Poets pull away from No. 11 Bulldogs with second-quarter run

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 23, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dunbar senior guard Jujuan Robinson earned the nickname "Ice" when he was 9 years old, because a recreation league coach said he was "smooth as ice, and twice as nice."

Nine years later, the nickname remains and it is still valid.

Robinson came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points, had six assists and made four steals to lead the third-ranked Poets basketball team to a surprisingly easy 92-74 victory over No. 11 Southern-Baltimore in a Baltimore City League game last night at Dunbar.

Robinson, who did not start because of the lingering effects of an illness, sparked a 10-0 second-quarter run with six points and three steals to break a 27-27 tie.

Dunbar (13-3, 9-0 league), which led 42-31 at halftime, opened the third quarter with 10 points and three assists from Robinson in a 20-6 spurt for its biggest lead, 62-37. Robinson's three-point play with 2:47 remaining in the third quarter capped the run moments after he made an acrobatic layup that followed back-to-back dunks by junior center Michael Thompson and senior guard James Taylor.

"I had to come out and show my skills today," said Robinson, who finished 10-for-16 shooting. "All year long we haven't had a fun game, because every game was close. So today we just tried to have a fun game."

Robinson had plenty of help. Junior forward Durrell York recorded 18 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and two steals, and Taylor had 20 points, six rebounds, five steals and a blocked shot.

"We go way back, and we know each other's game," said York about his chemistry with Taylor and Robinson. "We know what each other can do, and we play off that. We play off of what we know about each other."

In a losing effort, Southern senior guard Damien Spence scored a game-high 27 points, including 7-for-9 from three-point range, sophomore guard Jarrell Green had 16 points and freshman forward Desean Williams scored 11.

Southern (9-5, 7-5) hit its first four shots, including two three-pointers, to build an 11-4 lead. But after committing just two turnovers in the first quarter, the Bulldogs began throwing the ball away. Southern finished with 21 giveaways, 18 in the second and third quarters when Dunbar outscored the Bulldogs 49-29.

"We haven't been playing a good brand of defense," said Dunbar coach Eric Lee, whose team made 13 steals. "But [Monday] night we went over our team defense, and that was our theme tonight."

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