FW Dunbar boys face uphill climb to playoffs

Fort Worth Dunbar’s run of 35 consecutive appearances in the boys basketball playoffs came to an end last season.

One-third of the way through the marathon 18-game District 6-4A schedule, the Wildcats are in danger of missing the postseason again.

Dunbar (6-10, 3-3 in 6-4A) is looking up at five teams in the standings after Wednesday night’s 80-68 loss to 6-4A co-leader Fort Worth Trimble Tech (15-4, 6-0). The top four finishers in 6-4A advance to the playoffs.

Charles Hill, a 6-foot-2 senior shooting guard who signed a letter of intent with TCU in November, poured in 25 points to lead Trimble Tech to Wednesday‘s win.

Trimble Tech and Fort Worth Arlington Heights (11-6, 6-0) share the District 6-4A lead. Tech is ranked No. 6 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 4A state poll and Heights is No. 14.

Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt (4-2), Fort Worth Eastern Hills (4-2) and Fort Worth Southwest (4-2) also own better district records than Dunbar.

Robert Hughes Sr. led Dunbar to national prominence in his 31 seasons as coach until he retired in 2005 at age 76. He walked away as the nation’s all-time boys basketball leader in wins with 1,333. His son, Robert Jr., has had the difficult assignment of following a legend.

Dunbar, with 12 district games remaining, still has time to move into playoff position. The Wildcats meet Fort Worth Western Hills on Friday at Billingsley Field House. On Tuesday, the Wildcats face Arlington Heights.

The first of two meetings between Heights and Trimble Tech will be on Jan. 13 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.