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Boys basketball Game of the Week: No. 5 Poly at No. 4 Dunbar

No. 5 Poly (13-5) at No. 4 Dunbar (18-0)

When: Friday, 5:15 p.m.

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Coaches: Sam Brand, Poly; Cyrus Jones Sr., Dunbar

KEY PLAYERS

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Poly: Demetrius Mims, Sr., G; Justin Lewis, So., F

Dunbar: Da’Shawn Phillip, Sr., G; Jamal West Jr., So., F

“Basketball means the world to me,” the senior guard says. “I want this to be my job one day."

KEYS TO VICTORY

Could this be a preview of the upcoming 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 — 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. Much like West 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 execution 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.

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OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Boys basketball

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.

Girls basketball

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.

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