In a game that went back and forth, it was Dennis Jones that drove the length of the court, pulled up from the top of the key and drained a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to lift Dunbar to a thrilling 60-58 victory over rival Trimble Tech in a non-district game at Billingsley Field House.
“I just said give it to the man and let him be the man,” Dunbar coach Robert Hughes Jr. said. “There isn’t anything I could have drawn up or called. I told him with about a minute and a half left that it’s his show and he came through at the end.”
Dunbar (2-2), ranked No. 12 in the latest TABC state poll, had just taken a 57-56 lead when sophomore Logan Ray nailed a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. Tech answered back with a pair of free throws with 11.6 seconds left by Rayvyon Parks, who had a team-high 19 points, to give it a one-point lead.
Jones’ basket gave him a game-high 25, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Ray also added 11 in the fourth quarter to finish with 14.
Tech (1-2) also got 19 points from Spencer Franklin, but the Bulldogs struggled in the second half, hitting only 5 of 22 shots.
The lead changed hands eight times in the fourth quarter alone as the teams entered the period tied at 38.
Tech, which entered the game ranked No. 3 in the same poll, opened a four-point lead with 2:33 to play as it went on a 6-0 run. Franklin had a basket and a free throw, Parks added a pair of free throws and D.J. McMillian added a free throw. Overall, Tech was 29 of 37 at the line.
Jones answered back scoring five of Dunbar’s next six points to give them a 55-54 lead with 1:13 to play. Franklin answered for Tech with a pair of free throws with 48 seconds left.
Neither team led by more than six points the entire game with Dunbar doing that at 38-32.
“We knew coming in it was going to be a dog fight with a team like Trimble Tech,” Hughes said. “We know you can’t just show up and expect to win. We knew it was going to be a dog fight to the end. Tech has been the top dog the past four years.”
Fort Worth Dunbar’s Dennis Jones, left, and Logan Ray lead a fast break. Jones hit a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to give Dunbar the win.
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