Donta Bright scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Dunbar Poets of Baltimore to an 84-68 win over the Dunbar Crimson Tide in the finals of the Nike-Kenner Tip-Off Tournament last night at McDonough Arena.
In the consolation game, Ramon Bruce's short jumper with seven seconds left lifted Coolidge (1-1) to a 64-62 win over Southern of Baltimore (0-2). John Stuckey led the Colts with 17 points and David Cason paced Southern with 18.
With Bright held in check in the first half, Michael Lloyd picked up the slack with 15 points before the intermission.
"In the first half, I didn't feel frustrated, I just played and the rest of the team took care of the scoring," said Bright, the tournament MVP. "In the second half, they said they'd get me the ball so I kept playing hard and they got it to me."
"He's a quality player and you can't keep him down for the whole ballgame," Crimson Tide Coach Michael McLeese said. "They have a lot of weapons but, still, I thought we could play better."
The game was close through the first 13 minutes but Johnny Rhodes' three-pointer sparked an 8-0 run to put the Crimson Tide (5-1) up by 33-27 with just over three minutes left in the half. The Poets (2-0) then outscored the Crimson Tide 13-3 to lead by 40-36 at the half.
Bright scored six points to begin the third quarter as the Poets ran off a 12-4 streak and stretched the lead to 12.
The Crimson Tide fought back to seven points when Rhodes hit from the corner for three of his 20 points with 6:47 to go. Bright and Terrance Alexander then alternated baskets to increase the score to 72-57.