Dunbar guard prefers to call long-distance

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Harrison hits 6 of 7 from the 3-point line

The old saying “practice makes perfect” applies to Dunbar senior shooting guard Rod Harrison.

Harrison’s the quintessential gym rat. Each day he attempts anywhere between 500 and 1,000 shots to improve his long range shooting. He’s a major threat in Dunbar’s offense, which relies on motion and heavy ball movement.

His practice paid off last Thursday in Dunbar’s 69-32 win over Carver, when Harrison drained six 3-pointers on seven attempts from beyond the arc.

Harrison was in the zone early, scoring the Poets’ first six points of the night on back-to-back 3s. After point guard Donte Pretlow scored the next four points, Harrison hit another 3 to give Dunbar a 13-0 lead.

“It felt good after the first one,” Harrison said. “Usually after I hit two, it’s going to be a good day.”

Carver answered with five consecutive points to cut Dunbar’s early first quarter lead to 13-5. But once again, Harrison stepped up and knocked down another open 3, his fourth of the quarter.

“We call the right plays for him and get him in position,” Pretlow said. “We know he can catch and shoot. We’ve got faith in him to knock the shot down.”

With the Poets jumping out to a substantial lead against the Bears, Harrison sat for most of the second quarter. He returned for the third quarter where he picked up where he left off.

Up 37-22 to start the second half, Harrison drained a 3 at the 7:15 mark of the third period. Forward Gavin Pettiford his a 3 of his own on Dunbar’s next possession, which was followed by Harrison’s sixth 3 of the game. Harrison also scored two baskets inside the arc to close the quarter.

Harrison sat the fourth quarter out as Dunbar held a dominating lead, finishing with a team-high 22 points in about two quarters’ worth of time.

“He was in a groove,” coach Diego Jones said. “He’s always been a great shooter. The difference tonight was he was able to get to the spots that we’ve always tried to get him to. His teammates were very unselfish and able to find him when he was open.”

Harrison said he’s hit eight 3-pointers in a game before, so this wasn’t a personal best. But in modest fashion, he deflected his success to his point guard, who was able to find him time and time again.

“I couldn’t do it without (Pretlow), I’ll put it like that,” Harrison said. “I wouldn’t be as good of a shooter if it wasn’t for him. He gives me confidence when he gets me the ball.”

by Jason Butt

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