Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dunbar Snaps Streak, Defeats Lexington Catholic to Capture 43rd District Title

Dunbar has felt the sting of a loss to Lexington Catholic thirteen straight times. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking 55-52 loss to the Knights. On Friday night in the final game of the 43rd District Tournament, Dunbar snapped the streak to capture the Bulldogs' first District Championship in sixteen years. 

Dunbar came out firing, hitting 8 of 11 shots and jumping out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. The Knights suffered a huge setback when one of their leading scorers, Tanner Johnson, went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He later returned on crutches with the ankle wrapped. The Bulldogs took a five point lead into the locker room at halftime 29-25.

Dunbar led by as much as 11 in the third quarter, but a Catholic run narrowed the margin to 3 with just over 3 minutes remaining. The Knights outscored the Bulldogs 14-9 in the third. Sparked by Jack Whitman's 19 points, Catholic pulled even with Dunbar. The score was tied at 38 heading into the fourth and it seemed the momentum had shifted to the Knights.

Dunbar refused to go away. Once again they came out firing, scoring six unanswered points. The deficit proved too much for the Knights to overcome. They scored just two points in the final period.

William Gary led Dunbar with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Mike Smith was named tournament MVP and scored 11 points and 3 rebounds.  Eric Trigg chipped in 8 points, 2 rebounds. E.J. Floreal had 6 points and 6 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Jack Whitman led Lexington Catholic with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Reese Ryan had 7 points and 7 rebounds for the Knights.

The Dunbar Bulldogs finally tasted victory over the Knights and captured the 43rd District title. Both teams advance to the Regional Tournament which begins Monday in Richmond. *Update: Dunbar draws Henry Clay in the first round of the Regional Tournament.

Dunbar (19-9): 17 12 9 13 51
Smith 11, Gary 15, Lewis 4, Trigg 8, Black 4, Floreal 6, King 3.

Lexington Catholic (20-10): 11 13 14 2 40
Whitman 19, Avare 6, Talbott 6, Ryan 7, Banahan 2.

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