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Simmons, Dunbar hold on against King

01/10/2013, 10:18pm CST
By Clyde Travis

James Simmons scored a game-high 18 points and Jeremiah Haywood added 15 as Dunbar grabbed a 57-47 win over King.

A lot of things have changed at King and Dunbar. The big names may not be on hand, but it is still a fierce rivalry. Dunbar walked into King’s gym and left with a 57-47 Red-Central victory and area bragging rights on Thursday.

The Mighty Men (9-6, 3-2) led the game from wire to wire and had double digits leads after each of the first three quarters. Dunbar seemed in control leading 53-40 with 1:35 remaining in the fourth quarter when two turnovers and an ill advised missed shot led to the Jaguars scoring three consecutive baskets and cutting the lead to 53-47. The Mighty Men closed the game out on two free throws by Destyne Butler and a layup by Koreyunte Robinson.

Dunbar coach Donyea Jones said despite the momentary lapse he was pleased with his team’s overall performance. “We were in control of the game, played great team defense and shared the ball,” Jones said. “Playing in the Proviso West tournament has given us a lot of confidence. We have been a different team with much better attitude since gaining that experience.”

James Simmons had a game-high 18 points to lead the Mighty Men. Jeremiah Haywood scored 15 points and Khalid Beal added 14 for Dunbar.

King coach Culumber Ball felt his team did not come ready to play. “We are coming off eight straight wins and our heads were starting to get a little too big.”

Zach Branch led King (10-7, 3-2) with 12 points.

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