They had met twice during the season. Each time Dunbar used speed and strong performances by senior guard Mike Smith to move past Lafayette standout Jackson Davis and the Generals. The Top 20 match-up in the 43rd District semifinals on Tuesday was no different.
The first quarter was pretty even for both teams with the big role players doing much as expected. Smith had 10 points to Davis' 8 and the score was tied up at 17. The difference would be the second quarter. Dunbar outscored Lafayette 25-14 to take a 42-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. Mike Smith shot 7-11 for 20 points, including 4 three-pointers in the half.
Dunbar also won the third quarter battle 21-14, due in large part to Lafayette's inability to get the ball in Davis' hands. He was scoreless in the quarter. The Bulldogs lead grew to 18 with a 63-45 score to end the third. Turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Generals and a 20 point deficit in the fourth proved too much to overcome. Dunbar rolled past Lafayette 83-66 to complete the season sweep and advance to the district finals.
Mike Smith finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals and went 4-6 from beyond the arc. William Gary added 13 points and 6 rebounds, all in the second half. E.J. Floreal chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Eric Trigg had 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Jackson Davis ended the night with 29 points and 16 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks and a steal. Davis moved past Lafayette legend Billy Ray Lickert to become Lafayette's all-time leading scorer. Trenard Chester was the only other General in double-digits with 12 points and 2 rebounds.
Dunbar will face the winner of Wednesday's Lexington Christian/Lexington Catholic semifinal game on Friday at Lexington Christian.
Dunbar (18-9): 17 25 21 20 83
Smith 29, Floreal 12, Gary 13, Trigg 8, Lewis 5, Peasah 2, Black 6, King 2, McHugh 2, Davis 4.
Lafayette (16-11): 17 14 14 21 66
Davis 29, Chester 12, Evans 3, Trisko 5, Jackson 6, Whiting 1, Sweatt-Washington 4, Blakley 1, Robinson 5.