Morris leads TJ past Dunbar

March 15, 1997


Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With a single thrust of his fist in the air, Terence Morris let everybody in Cole Field House know that the game was over.

The Thomas Johnson senior took a pass from Chad Dickman, turned and slammed the ball through the basket with two hands, then raised his right arm in triumph.

The dunk gave the Patriots a 28-point lead early in the fourth quarter Saturday in their 82-51 thrashing of Baltimore Dunbar in the Maryland Class 3A Championship game.


The win gives Thomas Johnson (22-5) its sixth state championship and first since 1988. It was the first postseason loss by a Dunbar team since the school joined the MPSSAA in 1992-93.

Morris electrified the crowd of over 6,000 with a sensational performance. He recorded a triple-double - his second in as many games - with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Morris also had seven assists.

"Terence is Terence," said TJ coach Tom Dickman. "If anybody hasn't seen him play, they're missing a real treat. He's in a class by himself."

"After the third quarter, we were up by so much we felt pretty good," Morris said. He added that after the dunk, "We knew we had it."

Actually, the Patriots had it from the beginning. They scored the first eight points, forcing Dunbar coach Lynn Badham to burn a timeout just 21/2 minutes into the game. They later had a 10-2 run that gave them a 20-7 lead at the end of the first period.

"We were just stunned that they did it so quickly," Badham said. "It seemed like the game started, I looked up and we're behind by double digits."

But the Patriots were not finished. They began the second quarter with a 16-3 streak, taking advantage of six Dunbar turnovers, to push the margin to 36-10 with just over two minutes left in the half. The Patriots led 43-17 at halftime.

TJ led 55-31 after three quarters and extended the cushion to 69-35 after the first three minutes of the fourth. From there, all that was left were the curtain calls for TJ.

"My body is going crazy right now," said senior Eric Wyatt. "We've worked so hard and done so much since November 15. It all paid off today."

"We've planned this for a long time," Dickman said. "We've played teams better than Dunbar. We've played in USAir Arena. We wanted to put them in situations where they wouldn't be intimidated coming in here and playing any team."

Hasheem Alexander had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots. Chad Dickman had 16 points and five assists. Randall Jones added 10 points.

Jamal Brown led Dunbar with 14 points and eight rebounds.

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