Coming off its first loss of the season, the No. 1 Dunbar boys basketball team was back on the court at Saturday’s final day of the Basketball Academy at Lake Clifton, and getting a considerable push from Friendly.
The Poets, while not completely on their game, still found the resources to earn a 55-44 win over the Patriots of Prince George’s County.
Senior forward Gavin Pettiford dominated inside, finishing with 18 points. Senior guard Evan Singletary added 10, and sophomore guard Keandre Gibson provided key fourth-quarter minutes in the win.
Dunbar, which fell to No. 2 Milford Mill, 55-53, on Thursday, improved to 14-1 on the season, while Friendly fell to 7-7.
After getting a 3-pointer from junior guard Wilbur Young in the closing seconds of the second quarter to take a 25-19 lead at the half, the Poets scored the first six points in the third quarter to seemingly take control at 31-19.
But the Patriots didn’t go away, and when they scored the first six points in the fourth quarter, Dunbar’s lead was down to 40-36. That’s when Gibson made his biggest contribution. He first hit a jumper to push the lead to six with 4:33 to play, then he broke up a two-on-one fast break at the other end. He would later add a layup, and the Poets got two baskets from Pettiford — the last an exclamation dunk with 12 seconds remaining — to earn the win.
“This wasn’t our typical game,” Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones said. “I don’t know what it was — we just came out flat. I think we may have taken the game a little lightly, but the bottom line was we came out with a win.”
No. 1 Dunbar 55, Friendly 44
D – Gibson 4, Pettiford 18, Parham 6, Singletary 10, McNeal 5, Young 4, Pretlow 4, Harrison 4. Totals: 21 9-19 55.
F – Collins 5, Gaither 11, Harley 4, Blakey 13, Scott 9, West 2. Totals: 16 6-12 44.
Half: D, 25-19.