No. 5 Poly (13-5) at No. 4 Dunbar (18-0)
When: Friday, 5:15 p.m.
Coaches: Sam Brand, Poly; Cyrus Jones Sr., Dunbar
Poly: Demetrius Mims, Sr., G; Justin Lewis, So., F
Dunbar: Da’Shawn Phillip, Sr., G; Jamal West Jr., So., F
KEYS TO VICTORY
Could this be a preview of the Baltimore City Division I championship game? Dunbar (6-0 in league play) has already clinched one spot and Poly (6-1) can wrap up the other with a win Friday or if No. 10 Lake Clifton (5-2) loses at home to City. The Poets have been consistent all season, led by Phillip and West — both had double doubles in the Poets’ 69-55 win over Lake Clifton on Tuesday night — to go with good perimeter shooting and quality team defense. The Engineers also bring a lot of depth and will have plenty to play for in their final league game. Mims, an All-Metro first-team selection last season, is the catalyst and he’ll play a big role in getting the team settled on the visiting court. As West has for Dunbar, Lewis has begun to dominate the low post and the matchup between the two should go a long way in determining the outcome. The defense will be cranked up on both sides, so taking care of the basketball, boxing out for rebounds and executing in the closing minutes of an expected close game will likely be the difference. The Baltimore City championship game is set for Feb. 17 at Morgan State.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
North County at No. 12 Old Mill, Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 2 John Carroll at No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph, Monday, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Milford Mill at No. 11 Perry Hall, Monday, 7 p.m.
No. 1 St. Frances at No. 6 John Carroll, Friday, 6:15 p.m.
No. 2 McDonogh at Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), Sunday, noon
No. 7 Long Reach at No. 5 Howard, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.