No. 7 Poets top Pikesville for 1A North Region crown; Phillip scores 24 (VIDEO HERE!!)


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been four seasons since Dunbar High boys’ basketball won a state championship. The Poets are in position to end the drought.

No. 7 Dunbar defeated Pikesville, 65-39, in the Class 1A North Region championship Saturday on Coach Wade Court in east Baltimore. Senior wing Dashawn Phillip scored 24 points, and Jamal West added 15.

The Poets (24-3 overall) built a 38-16 halftime advantage en route to claiming their 20th region championship in 25 seasons. Dunbar will play Washington County’s Clear Spring in a state 1A semifinal Friday afternoon at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center.

The Orleans Street school, which has a record 15 state titles, last won the big prize in 2013 (1A).

Pikesville (14-9), seeking its first region championships since 2001, got 10 points from junior guard Ryheem Irving.

Class 1A North Region boys’ basketball championship

No. 7 Dunbar 65, Pikesville 39

Pikesville – Tate 2, Trey 4, Godinez 2, Green 3, Williamson 5, Irving 10, Kopel 3, Brown 8, Jones 2. Totals 14 8-9 39.

Dunbar – McCormick 4, Phillip 24, Ayers 5, West 15, Tolbert 2, Miller 2, Scott 5, Davis 3, Lewis 5. Totals 19 25-31 65.

Pikesville 8 8 7 16 – 39

Dunbar 19 19 13 14 – 65