Dunbar Poets Prevail in Double OT Showdown vs Edmondson

It was a battle of attrition.  It was hot, REAL HOT.  Some say it was 100 degrees in the gym.  The game lasted close to three hours long.  And the Dunbar Poets came back in a game they virtually trailed throughout all of regulation to upend Edmondson-Westside in a gritty, physical, chippy sell-out in Baltimore, MD.

In the first half of the junior varsity game fans were being turned away — in the masses.  On a night when Dunbar unveiled their new scorers table and chairs, due to long going attempts to fund-raise in the memory of Dunbar Alum, Ray Short, Sr. the two top public schools in Baltimore were scheduled to play in a gym littered with tons of distinguished Dunbar alumni.  The alumni and everyone else on hand got one incredible game, but oh did they have to wait .. and wait before the final buzzer sounded, with Dunbar earning the victory.  The game was delayed numerous times for clock malfunctions, fights, referees not sure what was going on, and every other reason in the book.  Then the game went to over-time, and another over-time.  Fans started filing out of the gym during the over-time sessions because the heat was getting unbearable.

Dunbar scored the first two buckets of the game but then it was all Edmondson.  The Red Storm led by 11 after one, 10 at the half, and 10 after three.  But in the fourth Daxter Miles, a senior transfer led the Poets back in to the game.  With 12 seconds left Miles found Dunbar’s Keandre Gibson who hit a three from the left elbow to give Dunbar its first lead since early in the first quarter.  Edmondson raced down court and drew a foul, but the clock kept running, half of the players kept playing, one of the refs didn’t know his partner had called a foul, and the clock almost expired.  After the refs huddled for quite some time they put six seconds on the clock and awarded Edmondson two free throws.  After an 11 minute delay Red Storm reserve guard William Everett split the free throws to tie the game.  Dunbar then passed the ball down court and a Poet was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left.  Inexplicably, the refs deemed that the shot came after the buzzer and the two teams headed for over-time.

In over-time Edmondson had many chances to ice the game but connected on only 3-10 free throws in the four minute period.  Dunbar trailed by four with 15 seconds left. Daxter Miles converted two free throws, stole the ensuing inbounds pass, drew another foul, and hit two more free throws to tie the game at 80.  Edmondson’s Myrek Lee-Fowlkes missed a potential game winning three with two seconds left, and Edmondson grabbed multiple offensive boards.  Many players and one of the referees didn’t hear the buzzer sound and the ref actually called a foul on Dunbar two full seconds after the buzzer had sounded.  After yet another meeting between the refs, they correctly sent the game into double OT.

Double over-time was Daxter Miles’ personal highlights session.  Miles scored all nine of the Poets double OT points including an emphatic dunk with a few seconds remaining to give the Poets an incredible win.

In total 60 personal fouls were called, 32 on Dunbar and 28 on Edmondson.  Four players were disqualified.  Dunbar, who improved to 9-1 did not have head coach Cyrus Jones Sr. who had left the team to go watch his son play for an NCAA football national championship (Cyrus Jr. plays for Alabama).

The Red Storm were led by Darius Walker who scored 19 points, had seven assists, and was commanding double teams all night.  It was a devastating loss for Edmondson who is having a phenomenal year.