Dunbar’s eventful tourney journey ends in loss to Woodward

Dunbar was defeated 68-60 by Cincinnati Woodward in a boys high school basketball Division II district final at Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

Woodward’s Terry Durham wrecked the Wolverines with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Dunbar trailed 32-24 at halftime.

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Dunbar (18-5) defeated host Woodward 84-73 in the regular season.

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Dunbar needed a court order earlier this week to re-enter the tournament after the Ohio High School Athletic Association had ruled the Wolverines were disqualified for using an ineligible player. Dunbar responded by edging Fenwick 27-26 in a D-II sectional final at UD Arena late Wednesday night.

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The OHSAA's ruling was based on administrative mishandling following a JV fight between Dunbar and visiting Thurgood Marshall in early January. That has resulted in a paid leave of absence for both Dayton Public Schools director of athleticsMark Baker and Dunbar principal Crystal Phillips.

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The loss concluded an eventful debut season for Dunbar coach Chuck Taylor. He landed the position when veteran coach Pete Pullen was not retained in a decision that divided previous DPS school board members and Dunbar fans alike.

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