City boys overtake County in overtime thriller, 108-107

Dunbar's Griffin, Jenifer pace rally

City girls roll


High Schools

March 20, 2004|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fans at Woodlawn High got their money's worth plus interest last night as the City outlasted the County, 108-107, in their annual boys basketball showcase.

Dunbar's Camonte Griffin scored a game-high 26 points to lead the City All-Stars, and Poets teammate Barry Jenifer added 17. Lance Fuller of Woodlawn led the County with 18, with Barry Cornish of Lansdowne adding 16 and Fuller's teammate, Jason Goode, 13.

Down by as many as 24 points in the final quarter, the City scored the final four points of overtime. The City won last year's meeting at Dunbar on a late basket.

"When the second unit went out, we told them don't let the lead get to 20," said Griffin, who helped Dunbar to a second straight Class 1A state championship last weekend. "Me and [Douglass' Jermaine] Bolden came together in the last quarter and we had to take over the game."

A jumper by Fuller gave the County a 107-104 lead with 90 seconds remaining in overtime. Jenifer rebounded a miss by Griffin and scored to bring the City All-Stars to within one with 1:20 left. After a County turnover, Bolden hit a short jumper with 48 seconds left, giving the City the lead.

After two missed free throws by Dustin Lawson (Walbrook) with 13 seconds remaining, the County was unable to pull out the victory as Franklin's Alan Reiter missed an off-balance jumper with two seconds left and the City squad ran off the final seconds. The City didn't help its cause in the waning moments, missing four straight free throws.

"I told the kids to keep fighting and it would come down to foul shots," said Dunbar coach Eric Lee, who led the City squad. "The ball fell our way tonight."

The County had an 85-61 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the City surged back behind Griffin, Jenifer and Bolden, who helped Douglass to the Class 3A state championship. Down 98-94 with 42 seconds left, Jenifer converted a layup to cut the margin to two, then Bolden fed him for another layup with one second left to force overtime.

In the girls contest, the City All-Stars ran past the County, 79-61. Walbrook's Renee Jones led all scorers with 19 points for the City squad to earn MVP honors. Ronda Shelley of host Woodlawn was the County MVP, scoring 13 points along with seven rebounds and two steals.

Shelley scored six in a 10-0 run, pulling the County within 55-46, but the City All-Stars pulled away in the final period. With Jones scoring 12 points and Poly's Erica Turnbull adding 11 points and six rebounds, the City closed the second period with a 15-2 surge to build a 45-28 halftime lead.

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