The No. 2 Poly boys basketball team needed a big fourth-quarter rally Monday to overcome upset-minded Dunbar, 54-44, completing a 12-0 mark for first place in Baltimore City Division 1 play.
Junior forward De'Vondre Perry scored 16 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth and added 14 rebounds, five steals and five assists as the No. 2 Engineers finish the regular season at 18-3. Senior center Jordan Jones had nine points, 10 blocked shots and nine rebounds.
Despite the loss, No. 9 Dunbar (14-7, 7-5) takes second place in the league and gets another chance at Poly in Wednesday's city championship game. The game is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. at Lake Clifton, but could be moved to Coppin State with a decision expected Tuesday morning. Poly, which will make its first title game appearances, also beat Dunbar, 66-51, in the teams' first meeting on Feb. 10.
On Monday, the Engineers were down 39-27 going into the fourth quarter before taking over behind Perry, outscoring the host Poets 27-5 in the last eight minutes.
"I told the guys to take a few minutes to consider that we finished 12-0 in the city and recognize the accomplishment, but it's now on to the next one," Poly coach Sam Brand said. "We went into the season with three goals and that was to win city, region and state titles."
Midway through the fourth quarter, Dunbar sophomore guard Dashawn Phillips, the Poets leading scorer, had to leave the game in the middle of the fourth quarter after colliding with Poly junior De'shaun Mosley and suffering a significant gash on his head. The game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes with Phillips taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital by ambulance. Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones, Sr. said Phillips would likely just need a stitch or two and will likely be ready to play on Wednesday.
No. 7 Meade 77, Glen Burnie 73: Tristan Easton scored a game-high 29 points and added seven rebounds and five steals while Keith Duffin scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift the Mustangs. Dayvon Cuffey scored 22 points to lead the Gophers.
Winters Mill 56, Liberty 49: Senior guard Braedon Dorsey scored 16 points coming off the bench to send the Falcons into tonight's county championship game against South Carroll. Dorsey, was playing in his fourth game back since missing five with a sprained left ankle, but came off the bench after struggling his first few games back. Junior guard Tre Woodyard also scored 16 points and senior guard Keon Claiborne added 10 for the Falcons (14-7, 12-2 Carroll county). Junior guard Nick Tilson led the Lions (9-12, 7-7) with 17 points, while senior forward David Downs added 15. WM and Century both finished 12-2, but the Falcons advanced to the county title game due to tiebreaking procedures (overall record minus holiday tournament games).
Century 46, South Carroll 41: Zach Tucker scored 14 points, Adam Rolfes had 11 and Mike Leipold grabbed eight rebounds for the Knights (16-6, 12-2 Carroll) in coach George Wunder's 200th win. Silas Kelly scored 16 points for the Cavaliers (10-12, 9-5).
Edgewood 77, Aberdeen 64: Tyrone McKisset had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while David Velasquez had 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals and Rocceon Harrison added 12 points and Ryan Burgess had 13 rebounds for Edgewood.
Forest Park 51, Southwestern 23: Tiffani Rice scored a game-high 17 points, Krishauna Davenport had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Shania Gales finished with nine assists and three steals to lift Forest Park (16-1).