Baltimore sweeps event against Washington


December 09, 2007|By Alexander Pyles | Alexander Pyles,Special to The Sun

Dunbar's Sean Farr had barely removed his shoulder pads yesterday before he was putting on his sneakers, on the way to his team's first basketball game.

Just hours after winning the Class 1A state championship in football, Farr and the Poets basketball team picked up where the football team left off, handily defeating Cardozo, 57-44, and completing a Baltimore sweep of the Baltimore-Washington D.C. Challenge at Lake Clifton.

"It's a little bit intense," Poets coach Cyrus Jones said of the games against Washington teams. "You try to approach every game with intensity and the mind-set of winning, but there's a rivalry."

With four players on Jones' basketball team also being members of the football team, Jones has had difficulty running a full practice. Last night, however, any lack of preparation did not show.

"I was just trying to let their teammates know what they are doing was really tough to do," Jones said of his players missing practice as the football team advanced through the playoffs. "I told them that we need to go out and play hard for them."

The Poets did just that, fighting through a slow start and taking command of the game in the second half. Farr, a wide receiver on the football team, scored nine points in the win and was an imposing physical presence on the court throughout the night.

"I know every time I step on the floor I'm a good player, but I want to make my team better too," said Farr, who admitted that it had been a draining couple of days. "We wanted to play hard. It's our first game, but I really just got done playing football."

Earlier in the night, Lake Clifton pulled away in the second half to defeat Dunbar (D.C.), 83-50.

Antwan Allen led the Lakers with 19 points. He scored 10 points in the first half, including a buzzer-beater at the end of the second period that gave the Lakers a 40-30 halftime lead.

In the second half, Lake Clifton guard Darius Gilmore came alive, scoring on back-to-back fast-break layups to begin the third period. Meshing a combination of ball skills and blazing speed that created matchup problems for Dunbar, Gilmore scored 17 points.

The Baltimore-Washington D.C. Challenge started with a Northwestern win over Anacostia, 57-54.

Anacostia junior center Mark Milline led all scorers in that game with 18 points.

Mervo won the second game of the afternoon, beating Ballou, 72-47.

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