Dave Bonner scored 23 points and Chuckie Jackson tossed in 22 last champion Dunbar to a 90-71 victory over Gwynn Park in boys basketball at the Prince George's school.
The Crimson Tide (4-2), rebounding from an eight-point loss Monday to Mater Christi of New York City, made 20 of 33 shots in the first half and connected on 57 percent of its 68 attempts in the game. Gwynn Park (4-2) took 68 shots but made just 30 (44 percent).
"We beat them on the boards, which allowed us to get down the floor to take easier shots," said John Walker, Dunbar's assistant coach who is guiding the team while the head coach, Joe Dean Davidson, recuperates from a heart operation.
"Chuckie is our instant offense. He can score when you need a big play or just lead the flow of the offense," Walker said.
Bonner and Jackson, both 6-4 forwards, had 10 first-half points each as Dunbar built a 21-point lead.
Gwynn Park played without leading scorer Moochie Clark, suspended by Coach Larry Gandee for five games for disciplinary reasons.
The Crimson Tide, which outrebounded Gwynn Park, 27-20, moved to a 20-12 first-quarter lead on 10-of-14 shooting while Gwynn Park sank just five of 16.
Gwynn Park closed within five early in the second quarter, but the Crimson Tide responded with six consecutive baskets, three each from Jackson and 6-5 Anthony Jones, to open a 32.17 lead. By halftime the Dunbar margin was an insurmountable 56-35.
The Tide cooled off to start the second half, except for Jackson. He hit four long jumpers to negate Jeff Adams' six third-quarter points for Gwynn Park. Dunbar led by 14 at the end of the period, 65-51.
Adams, who led all scorers with 26, and teammate Joe Wood took the ball inside in the final quarter to help bring the Yellow Jackets within 72-59 with four minutes to go. But Bonner, who grabbed eight rebounds, made a three-point play and Jackson hit a jumper to end that threat.
At Old Dominion University in Norfolk, T.C. Williams swept past St. John Neuman of Philadelphia, 93-85, to move into the final tonight against Woodrow Wilson of Portsmouth, Va., in the Norfolk Catholic Tournament.
Williams, trailing 17-11 after one period, got 12 points from Mark Jackson and 10 from butch Haley to take a 39-38 halftime lead.
In Macon, Ga., Bob Donohoe of St. Hohn's of D.C. hit a jump shot with six seconds remaining to lift the Cadets over Northeast of Macon, 61-59, and into the title game tonight of the Tome Porter Classic.
Donohoe, who finished with 26 points, scored eight points in the final period to bring St. John's back from a 55-51 deficit.
In the Cougar Classic in Baltimore, Dwayne Meyers' three-point play in overtime sparked Hammond over lutheran of Baltimore, 63-56, putting Hammond in the title game tonight against host Mount Carmel.
In other games: Dwayne Conrad amassed 36 points to boosts Largo over Suitland, 77-68, at Suitland; Wootton routed host Wheaton, 75-62, as brothers Robert and Butch Hebron combined for 42 points, and O'Connell remained unbeaten, edging visiting Washington Lee, 74-70, behind George Doyle's 21 points and Joe Corish's 20.
Also, Bruce Mountain's 13 points and 17 rebounds paced Bowie over visiting Crossland, 52-47, and Carroll, behind 14-9 after one quarter, rebounded to down host Douglass, 54-47, as Andrew Kirskey tallied 15 points.