This season has not been your typical Dunbar boys basketball season.
The Poets are used to dominating during the regular season, which normally leads to a trip to Comcast Center for a state title. Dunbar has won 11 Class 1A state championships since 1993.
This year, injuries and less talent have left Dunbar in the middle of the pack in the class. Last night, the Poets took a step toward their dominant ways, upsetting No. 8 Digital Harbor, 60-55.
"We're definitely still a team to be reckoned with," Poets coach Cyrus Jones said. "A lot of people are counting us out due to the fact that we don't have the talent that we normally have. We've been playing together, we believe in each other, and now we're trying to build going forward towards the end of the season, because that's the main thing that counts."
The game stayed close throughout, with 10 lead changes and five ties. No team had more than an eight-point lead the entire game.
With 3:29 left in the third quarter and the score tied at 37, the Rams' Jermaine Edwards ripped down a defensive rebound and traveled. He disputed the call and was given a double technical, fouling him out of the game.
Dunbar's Darrell Edwards made all four free throws, giving Dunbar (7-6) the lead. Although the Rams (9-4) stayed with the Poets, they would never again take the lead after that play.
Sean Farr led Dunbar with 16 points, Edwards had 14 and Tavon Austin, who hadn't played the past four games because of a knee injury, chipped in 12 off the bench.
Digital Harbor's George Jackson had 24 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Archbishop Curley 64, No. 7 Mount Carmel 63 -- Brandon Carroll scored a school-record 42 points to power the Friars (12-4) to an upset of the Cougars (17-2). Carroll made two free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Jalen Jennings (12 points) made the game-winning layup with three seconds left.
Cardinal Gibbons 57, No. 6 Loyola 52 -- Justin Kunez and Jamar Briscoe totaled 31 points as the visiting Crusaders (11-9) upset the Dons (12-2). Loyola led 35-33 at the half before Gibbons took a 44-43 lead at the start of the fourth quarter and went on to outscore Loyola 15-9. James Davenport led the Dons with 14 points, and Matt Rum added 12.
No. 4 Randallstown 76, Loch Raven 63 -- Tione Womack scored 17 points and Marcus Jeter added 15 as the visiting Rams (10-2) beat the Raiders (9-4). Randallstown led 14-12 after the first quarter and never trailed. Jordan Lee had a game-high 28 points for Loch Raven.
No. 11 Towson Catholic 57, No. 14 John Carroll 42 -- Larry Bastfield scored 16 points as the visiting Owls (11-8) beat the Patriots (14-7). Isaiah Philmore had a game-high 18 points for John Carroll.