Dunbar beats No. 2 Randallstown

Poets' 11th straight win is Rams' first loss, 77-64

No. 1 Douglass cruises

Boys basketball

January 12, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Dunbar squads of the past few years are a shell of those that earned national recognition, but they still know how to win.

The No. 8 Poets rose again last night, knocking second-ranked Randallstown from the unbeaten ranks with a 77-64 triumph at the seventh annual Basketball Academy mixer at the Coppin Center.

In other games involving ranked boys teams, No. 1 Douglass rolled past Burke (S.C.); No. 13 Walbrook defeated New York City's Samuel Gompers; No. 10 Mervo knocked off John F. Kennedy (N.Y.); and No. 3 Lake Clifton lost to Philadelphia's Martin Luther King in the finale of the three-day event.

Senior guard Maurice Barksdale scored a game-high 24 points for Dunbar (12-1), which won its 11th consecutive game. Terrance Breaux led Randallstown (10-1) with 20 points.

The Poets' backcourt of Barksdale and Herman Hayes, along with Byron Roundtree and Rodney Scott, helped keep the Poets afloat in the final quarter as Randallstown, which committed nine turnovers on its first 11 possessions of the game, fought back from a 17-point deficit.

"We're gutting wins out because we're making foul shots at the end," said Dunbar coach Eric Lee, whose team was 26-for-31 from the foul line last night. "We're just trying to stay focused for a complete game."

The Poets trailed only once, 54-52, after a basket by Torian Deane with 6:41 remaining in regulation.

But the Rams' hopes were damaged when All-Metro guard Levi Stukes and senior center Tommy Breaux both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Stukes had 10 points, his lowest output of the season. It was only the second loss in the past 37 games for Randallstown.

"I don't think the kids decided the game," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers. "We weren't playing Randallstown basketball early, but I don't think that was a big factor. Once we came out in the second half and played our game, we didn't get in the bonus [one-and-one free throw] situation in either half."

No. 1 Douglass 83, Burke 57: Junior guard Anthony Baglin scored 16 points and Jermaine Bolden added 15, leading the Ducks (10-0) to their 38th consecutive victory. Douglass rolled up 51 points in the first 16 minutes to build a 27-point lead.

Sophomore forward Oliver Young led Burke (6-6) with 17. Brandon Russell contributed 14 points for the Ducks, whose last loss came against Southern-Baltimore in the Class 4A North regional quarterfinals in 2001.

"We wanted to make a statement," said Ducks coach Rodney Cofield, whose team routed Dundalk, 84-42, on Thursday. "We wanted to play hard and have a good showing. We've been fortunate to play well the last few years and didn't want to ruin it."

No. 13 Walbrook 60, Samuel Gompers 50: The Warriors (8-4) completed a New York sweep as five players scored in double figures led by 15 points from junior Jimmy Conyers.

Walbrook defeated John F. Kennedy, 65-52, on Friday. Velmar Coleman (13), Edward Tyson (12), Dustin Lawson (10) and Armond Gardner (10) scored for the Warriors.

No. 10 Mervo 57, John F. Kennedy 49: In his second game back from an ankle injury, All-City/County forward Paul Frazier scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Mustangs (8-3) win their seventh straight.

"It felt normal out there. I just wanted to win," said Frazier, who missed five games.

Martin Luther King 71, No. 3 Lake Clifton 58: The Lakers (8-3) dropped their second straight decision of the event.

Senior guard Andre Hammond led all scorers with 28 points for Martin Luther King. Paris Carter and Tavon Nelson each scored 14 for Lake Clifton.

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