Sophomores carry Knights past Poets

City 71 Dunbar 63

Boys basketball

January 20, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

With one of the best corps of sophomores in the metro area, the City boys basketball team is a winning work in progress.

No. 13 Dunbar visited City last night and fell to the young Knights, 71-63. Leading 47-40 heading into the last period, the Knights (12-3) outscored the Poets (6-4) 24-23 to maintain their lead to the end.

"We're young and make crazy mistakes, but sooner or later they're going to get it," City coach Mike Daniel said.

Sophomores William and Antonio Barton, Adam Johnson and Rick Rodwell scored 20 of the 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Antonio Barton, the youngest player on the team at age 15, and Johnson had seven points each. Rodwell had four and the 16-year-old William Barton the other two.

Johnson finished with team-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while William Barton had 17 points along with senior leader Devin Brown, all of whom are 6 feet 5. Antonio Barton, 6-2, had 15 points.

The Knights shot 67 percent in the second half (12-for-18).

William Barton said that Brown (all 17 points in the second half) "shows us the way because we've got a lot to learn. He's been there."

Said Brown: "They're young and like to joke around, but when it comes down to it, they're about business."

Eric Barksdale led Dunbar with 19 points and Lawrence Watson and Tavon Austin combined for 23.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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