Dunbar made a trip to Belmont on Tuesday night for a City League showdown with league implications on the line. Both teams met earlier in the year at Dunbar with the Wolverines beating Belmont 64-56. For Dunbar they were wanting the season sweep on the Bison and to get themselves back in the hunt in the City League. For Belmont, it was about revenge and maintaining their top spot in the City League.
Dunbar was without Baron White (Jr) for this game but used their high pressure defense to set the tone right away. Turnovers plagued the Bison from the start and forced shots made scoring extremely difficult against the quicker Wolverines. Dunbar faced their first true struggle when leader Eric Brewer Jr (Sr) picked up his 2nd foul in the quarter and had to take a seat on the bench for an extended period of time. Moses Sanford (Fr) and Jimmy Hill IV (Sr) picked up the slack in scoring and got Dunbar out to a 12-9 lead to start the game.
Belmont offensively couldn’t find rhythm, but not having Brewer on the floor took away some of Dunbar’s defensive pressure. The Bison were able to get some buckets behind Denzell Ogle (Sr) who was drawing fouls in the paint and Belmont found themselves right where they wanted. Even with Dunbar still finding ways to score, the Bison only trailed 30-27 at the half. It started to feel like this game would come down to the final possession.
Belmont’s offensive struggles continued in the 3rd quarter as Dunbar adjusted to Ogle’s slashing and took away his paint touches. This and Brewer finally got going offensively as Dunbar jumped out on a 12-2 run to start the half. The Wolverines were getting points off turnovers as Belmont struggled to break the pressure and take good shots. Big man Judah Baldwin (Sr) picked up his 4th foul and the Bison began to get overly aggressive and put the Wolverines on the free throw line. In a blink of an eye, Belmont’s deficit went from 3 to double digits. At the end of the quarter, Dunbar would lead 59-39.
The 4th quarter was much like the previous quarter for the Bison. Offensive struggles continued, but the Wolverines cooled off and would go on to win 75-58. Denzell Ogle would lead the Bison with 19 points. Sanford, Hill and Brewer combined for 51 points for the Wolverines.