The Shawnee Braves went head on with the Dayton Dunbar Wolverines on Friday night at the University of Dayton in the District tournament game. Shawnee lost to Dayton Dunbar by a score of 67-54. Dunbar was by far the fastest, biggest, and most skilled team the Braves had played in the tournament.
Shawnee came out strong and took the lead by the end of the first quarter but slowly started to slip down hill in the second quarter. Dunbar was leading at half time 34-28. Shawnee showed more determination and hustle in Friday's game than in any other game in the tournament. However, the Braves could not keep up with Dunbar's skill and ambition. During the second and third quarter the Braves missed a few shots and Dunbar took off running with this opportunity and set a lead the Braves were unable to take back. The top scorers for Shawnee were Jaelin Williams with 31 points and 9 rebounds, Andrew Tincher with 14 points, and David Sawyer with 8 points. The top scorers for Dayton Dunbar were William Green with 21 points, Damarion Geter with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and A.J. Harris with 13 points.
One of the most astounding things about Friday's game was the fact that Dunbar made only one three pointer in the game. The Wolverines payed old fashioned, fundamental basketball and scored 67 points doing it. Dunbar is a heavy favorite this year in the state tournament. Despite losing the District game Shawnee had success in their season this year by taking the CBC Title and being Sectional Champions. Shawnee should come back strong next year with younger players they developed this season such as junior Jalen Nelson and sophomore Jaden Greenwood. Dayton Dunbar plays at Trent Arena at Fairmont High School on Thursday March 14th.