Parkville High boys’ basketball team struck first against Dunbar Saturday evening. It got the Poets’ attention in a huge way.

The third-ranked Poets quickly rallied and proceeded to dismantle the Knights, 83-45, at the 15th annual Basketball Academy at Coppin State University. Senior guard Iakeem Alston scored 25 points for Dunbar (12-0 overall), and Devante Wallace added 17.

The Poets led 45-23 at halftime as the defending Class 1A state champs won their 21st straight decision. The east Baltimore school routed Owings Mills Friday at Coppin in a rematch of last year’s state finals.

Parkville (10-5), which is looking to challenge Milford Mill for the 3A North Region crown, scored the game’s first seven points. The Poets put together a 12-0 run, capped by back-to-back dunks by Alston, for a 22-13 lead early in the second.

Knights’ senior center James Milton was ejected for a flagrant foul with six minutes left in the quarter, and Poets continued their assault. Dunbar rolled up 29 points in the period as Alston and Wallace combined for 25.

Nine players scored for Dunbar with Epe Henriques finishing with 12 and junior guard Evan Singletary adding 10. Senior forward Dennis Hughes led Parkville with 13 points.

The Knights travel to No. 20 Patapsco Friday in a key Baltimore County 3A/4A league match. Dunbar hosts Poly in Baltimore City league play Tuesday afternoon.

No. 3 Dunbar 83, Parkville 45
Parkville: Tripp 3, Myles 3, Knight 3, Collins 6, Brown 3, Williams 7, McKoy 2, Hughes 13, Milton 5. Totals: 17 3-5 45.
Dunbar: R. Jones 5, Henriques 12, Alston 25, Wallace 17, T. Jones 2, Parham 4, Pretlow 5, Singletary 10, Smith 3. Totals: 32 12-22 83.