Fort Worth Dunbar boys escape Birdville in OT

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Fort Worth Dunbar coach Robert Hughes Jr. said his team was fortunate to escape Billingsley Fieldhouse with a win Saturday afternoon.

Behind Dennis Jones’ 33 points and perfect 5-for-5 team shooting from the field in overtime, Dunbar stayed unbeaten in District 6-4A with a 92-82 victory over Birdville.

The Wildcats (13-3, 8-0) and their relentless offensive tempo needed the extra time to finally wear down the Hawks.

“That’s about how I thought it would go, because they are a sound, fundamental basketball team,” Hughes said. “But we’re missing our big man, who is sick, and we were fortunate their big forward fouled out when he did or I think we would have lost.”

Dunbar power forward Courtney Coulson missed Saturday’s game with flu-like symptoms, which allowed Birdville’s Kendall Johnson to dominate inside.

He had 23 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter and missing overtime.

Still, Dunbar’s attack was too much to overcome. The Wildcats were 30 for 66 shooting from the field, and Jones tempered the absence inside with strong perimeter shooting and six transition baskets.

The lead changed hands 14 times before Dunbar finally went ahead for good with 2:56 left in overtime.

Jones had back-to-back layups to give Dunbar an 80-77 advantage. He left a free throw on the table after each play, keeping the Hawks (10-8, 7-1) within striking distance.

But those two baskets started the Wildcats’ 14-5 run to close out overtime.

Birdville got 18 points from reserve guard D.J. Draper and 12 from Andrew Sorrells. The Hawks shot 35 percent from the field.

Quinton Brigham added 20 points and Logan Ray 16 for Dunbar.

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