SAME OLD SONG: Two-time city champion Dunbar may not be a hurry to meet its namesake in the Cambridge Tournament in Johnstown, Pa., this week. Dunbar of Baltimore has handled D.C.'s Dunbar twice in two weeks. The Poets raced past the District team by 84-68 in the title game of the Nike Tip Off Tournament at McDonough Gym and by 75-63 in the Gonzaga/D.C. Classic at Bender Arena on Friday.

Should the Dunbars win first-round games in Johnstown, they would meet in the championship game. D.C. Dunbar Coach Mike McLeese said he wasn't disappointed in the two losses to the 8-1 Poets, and hoped to play them again.

"I think we can beat them. We just have to come out and go after them from the start," he said. "We played very aggressive, tough defense {in a 96-38 consolation game win over Gonzaga}. If we do that against Dunbar, we can beat them."

WEST POTOMAC BLITZ: West Potomac girls coach Kenny Farmer didn't make any friends Friday night in a 132-21 victory over winless Wakefield. But the coach said his starters played less than a half and he called off the full-court press after the first period.

"We led after one period 39-4. We only have one style of play -- fast-break basketball. We set defensive goals and we try to achieve that," said Farmer, whose team is 6-0. "We have eight juniors and two freshmen and, honestly, everything we threw up at the basket in the second half went in. We don't have a zone defense and all we do is run. What could I do?"

West Potomac lost by 20 points to Wakefield in the playoffs last year.

Farmer said the distribution of power is so lopsided that some teams can't help but win big. Also on Friday, West Springfield crushed Mount Vernon, 90-18, and Madison beat Washington-Lee, 79-21.

FORFEIT: The Laurel boys team had a 44-27 lead over Pallotti midway in the third period Friday night when Pallotti Coach Dennis Saylor voiced his feelings to officials Ernie Cage and Jeff Perry that his team was not getting its share of the calls. Saylor was ejected, and when he didn't leave the gym, the game was forfeited.

"I was going to leave but I guess not quick enough to suit them," he said. "I've been tossed before and you always regret it because you are supposed to be a role model to your players. I was as diplomatic as I could be for two and a half quarters. I promised the kids that I would never take the game away from them again."

Pallotti fell to 1-5, Laurel improved to 4-1.

EARLY SURPRISES: A handful of surprise teams will take unbeaten records into holiday tournaments. The Bullis girls team is 10-0, the finest start in school history. Led by Christina Lee and Kira Orr, Bullis will see how good it is when it plays in the IAABO Tournament, which includes Coolidge, Potomac (Md.) and Anacostia.

The Good Counsel boys team is 8-0, winning by an average of more than 20 points. It will play in this week's Washington Post Holiday Classic at McDonough Gymnasium.