Posted On: 02/3/18 9:31 AM
Last night, two Baltimore City programs with plenty of history met to battle it out as an undefeated Dunbar team traveled to Patterson to take on the Clippers. After 32 minutes of what seemed like nonstop lead changes, the Poets pulled out a 58-57 victory to improve to 15-0 on the season. Patterson drops to 6-10 on the year.
Phillip carries the Poets
Dunbar was without their starting point guard Malik McCormick, which meant a heavier load was put on senior guard Da’Shawn Phillip‘s shoulders. He responded strongly with a game-high 27 points, 18 of which came in the second half. The 6’4 guard connected on three triples and had countless numbers of strong takes to the basket where he finished with style. More importantly, Phillip was a coach on the floor for the Poets, directing players on both ends of the court throughout and showed great basketball IQ.
Patterson never goes down quietly
Patterson is one of those teams you can’t judge based off of their record. They have a slew of good guards that play extremely hard for 32 minutes. Coming out of the locker room from halftime, the Poets went on a 10-0 run to go up nine. Just when you thought the Clippers would give in, they battled back to take the lead in the fourth. Obviously though, the Poets responded and came up with the win, but you cannot overlook the willingness to battle through adversity that this Patterson team has.
West complements Phillip and continues to show high upside
Jamal West is one to watch in the class of 2020 when it comes to the city of Baltimore. The 6’5 sophomore has put up solid numbers this year for the Poets and continued last night, scoring 14 points and being a monster on the glass. He came up with a key block late in the fourth quarter when Patterson was looking to go up one with less than a minute left. West played with intensity and was effective filling lanes in transition.
Patterson depends on strong guard play
The trio of Zack Blackwell (2020), T.J. Thomas (2019) and Gerard Mungo (2019) combined for 44 of the Clippers’ 57 points in the loss. Blackwell was relentlessly attacking the rim off the dribble both in the halfcourt and in transition for his baskets. Thomas did a nice job of facilitating, but also being aggressive in his own sense looking to score. He mixed it up well by scoring in the open floor, penetrating in halfcourt sets and pulling up from the mid-range area. Mungo had his typical buckets around the rim through contact and a few pull-up jumpers. You won’t find many tougher guards in the area than Mungo.
Dunbar stays perfect
The Poets continue their winning ways as they sit 15-0, but challenges are just around the corner. Their next two games come against Lake Clifton and Poly. Both teams would love to be the ones to spoil Dunbar’s pursuit of perfection. Some say their schedule has been favorable thus far, so these next two games will be a great test as to what type of team they really are.