Sixth-ranked City could point to a couple of factors that contributed to its 56-46 loss to Dunbar of Washington at the Mayor's Basketball Academy at the Coppin Center last night.
First, there was Crimson Tide shooting guard Troyce Haynesworth, who burned the Knights for a game-high 33 points, including five three-pointers.
Then, there was City's inability to solve the Crimson Tide's matchup zone defense. The Knights shot only 17-for-51 from the perimeter.
The Knights were hoping to put the finishing touch on a good week that began with a home victory over No. 11 Southern of Baltimore with a triumph over the Crimson Tide, which is ranked 19th in the Washington area.
"The kids haven't seen a matchup [zone]," said City coach Daryl Wade. "Even though I went through it with them, there is a big difference with me showing, and them doing."
Sophomore guard Todd Galloway (24 points) was the only double-digit scorer for City, which had its four-game winning streak ended.
The Knights scouted Dunbar three times, including last month at the Baltimore-Washington Challenge at City. Wade said the Crimson Tide didn't do anything differently against the Knights.
What they didn't expect last night was two starters not playing for Dunbar, including Virginia Tech-bound point guard Brian Chase, due to disciplinary reasons.
Haynesworth filled whatever void there was, and then some. The 6-foot-5 left-hander had 17 points in the first half, staking Dunbar to a 23-19 lead.
The Knights closed to within 31-29 in the third quarter on a jumper by Galloway, but an 8-0 run by Dunbar, including another three-pointer by Haynesworth, pushed the lead to 10.
The closest City would get was 49-44 with 2: 46 remaining in the game. The Knights, who never lead after the midway point in the second quarter, missed eight of their last nine shots.
"They did everything they were supposed to do," said senior guard Ryan Galloway, who scored nine points. "It was on us, and we didn't want it bad enough."
No. 2 Dunbar 65, Booker T. Washington (Va.) 53: Senior point guard Lafonte Johnson scored 20 points and Donteaz Dean added 18, leading Dunbar past Booker T. Washington of Norfolk (7-6).
The Poets (11-2) also received 11 points from Calvin Dotson.
No. 8 Mervo 65, Douglass-PG 50: Marcus Hatten led all scorers with 16 points as the Mustangs (9-2) turned away Douglass of Prince George's County (6-6).
No. 11 Southern-B 70, Granby (Va.) 64: Melvin Scott and Isaiah Johnson each scored 21 points as Southern (5-5) rallied past Granby (7-5).
Trailing by double-digits in the second half, Southern outscored Granby, 24-12, in the fourth quarter. No. 19 Milford Mill 74, Forest Park 60: Richard Johnson scored 25 points, leading Milford Mill (11-1) to its second triumph at the tourney.
Donnell Dobbins led Forest Park (2-9) with 24 points.
Pub Date: 1/17/99