The two combined to score 16 points in the game-changing quarter and strong team defense was also big. Dunbar scored 27 straight points — limiting the Red Storm to one field goal in the third quarter — to turn a tight game into a lopsided 64-42 win Friday night in Baltimore City play.
West scored a game-high 23 points while adding 16 rebounds and five blocked shots with Phillip adding 21 points and 11 boards as the Poets (14-0) improved to 3-0 in Baltimore City’s Division I. Edmondson, which got a team-high 18 points from Deshawn Ruffin, fell to 9-3 on the season.
West, who dominated the rim at both ends, followed with two dunks and three of four free throws. When senior guard Zephaniah Esguerra hit consecutive 3s in the final minute of the third quarter, the Poets’ lead was 53-25.
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“It was hard. We had to compete against Edmondson,” West said. “It’s like a rivalry thing — West vs. East. We just needed to get the intensity and keep it going.”
Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones Sr. was quick to point out the fine team effort that came with the Poets’ cranked-up defense in the second half, and also liked what he saw from his dynamic one-two combination that ignited the offense.
“When they’re playing together, clicking on all cylinders, with Jamal being inside and Da’Shawn being outside, it’s really tough for us to be stopped,” Jones said. “Tonight, they found a rhythm to play together and helped each other.”
E — Ruffin 18, Evans 11, Gardner 1, Bolden 5, Farabee 2, Jones 2, Colbert 3. Totals: 17 1-5 42
D — Phillip 21, West 23, McCormick 5, Esguerra 8, Lewis 2, Hunt 1, Ayers 2, Scott 2 . Totals: 25 7-11 64