This basketball game was different.
In addition to wrapping up yet another Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference championship, it was the one that would assure a perfect season, as well as a mythical national title.
This one was played in front of more than 10,000 spectators at the Baltimore Arena and came with added concern as one of the team's top players was out of the lineup.
You would have never known by looking at then-Dunbar boys basketball coach Pete Pompey.
"There was never anything different with Coach Pompey. He was always loose before a game and he always made sure we were, too," said Cyrus Jones Sr., the Poets senior point guard in the...