Dunbar boys beat Birdville to win 6-4A crown

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Fort Worth Dunbar held off a furious Birdville rally to claim the District 6-4A title Tuesday night.

The Wildcats used 16-0 and 10-0 runs in the second quarter to open a huge lead in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Birdville High School.

Dennis Jones led Dunbar with 27 points, and Logan Ray added 15.

Dunbar (20-4, 15-1) led by 21 points entering the fourth quarter but committed eight turnovers in the final eight minutes and hit just 3 of 9 shots to let Birdville back in the game.

Birdville (17-9, 14-2) missed five of its last six shots and couldn’t get any closer than 58-52 following a 3-pointer from D.J. Draper. The Hawks had three chances to cut into the lead but failed to do so with two missed shots and a turnover.

Draper, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points.

“It’s big any time you win a district championship,” said Dunbar coach Robert Hughes Jr., whose Wildcats clinched their second straight district title.

The Hawks trailed 34-16 at halftime but fought back behind Kendall Johnson, who finished with a team-high 18 points. He made four free throws to start the third quarter, and Jeremy Crane added another.

Draper then hit two 3s in the third to get the Hawks within 13 points, but Jones ended the quarter by scoring Dunbar’s last eight points to open a 52-31 lead entering the fourth.

“There was a lot of stupid stuff we did there in the end,” Hughes said. “But give Birdville credit, they are a great team.”

Both teams are in the playoffs but won’t know who they will face until the District 5-4A race is settled. It could be a four-way tie if White Settlement Brewer and Denton lose tomorrow, forcing a playoff for the two spots.

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