Before its home game against Lafayette, Dunbar High School honored senior guard Mike Smith for joining the 2,000-point club earlier this season. It was only fitting that Smith would score the first and last points for the Bulldogs in a 77-61 victory.
Smith scored four of Dunbar's first six points, and the Bulldogs jumped out to a quick lead over the Generals in the first quarter. It was 8-7, Dunbar, halfway through the quarter, but then two straight baskets from William Gary helped the Bulldogs go on a 9-0 run. Lafayette was staring at a 10-point deficit with 48.7 seconds left in the first quarter.
EJ Floreal singlehandedly helped Dunbar maintain its lead going into the second quarter. He scored five baskets in five minutes of play, including a dunk to put the Bulldogs up 27-16. His next bucket would give Dunbar its biggest lead so far at 29-16.
Lafayette managed to climb back to within single digits of Dunbar after a Jackson Davis dunk to make it 35-26, the score that would hold until halftime.
An offensive showcase entertained the fans throughout the third quarter, with Dunbar outscoring the Generals 25-23 during the period. A basket from Lafayette's Dequise Robinson cut Dunbar's lead to single digits again at the 5:12 mark (44-35) but a converted and-1 opportunity from Floreal brought the lead back out to 12 just four seconds later.
Robinson scored four more points in the quarter (including another and-1), but it wasn't enough to make any headway on the Bulldogs' big lead. Heading into the fourth quarter, Dunbar still led 60-49.
Dunbar outscored the Generals by five in the fourth quarter on its way to the 77-61 victory. A Smith drive to the basket for a layup was what set the final score with 33 seconds remaining in the game. He finished with 18 points to add on to his already 2,000+ point career.
Lafayette: 10 16 23 12 61
Sweat-Washington 12, Chester 10, Robinson 10, Blakely 14, Trisko 4, Davis 11.
Dunbar: 17 18 25 17 77
Lewis 2, Trigg 13, Gary 7, Black 7, Smith 18, Floreal 24, King 6.