Boys Basketball: Dunbar settles into comfort zone in Pro-Am debut
By Zack Farmer
St. Ignatius guard Trevor Dunbar was nervous sitting on the bench in the first quarter of his first San Francisco Pro-Am basketball game on Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion.
But it did not take long for Dunbar to shake the jitters.
He came off the bench with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter and drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to end the frame, giving his team, the Bay Raiders, an early 30-18 lead en route to the 94-77 win over Bay City.
“The second I hit that 3-pointer in the corner, that’s when I felt like I can do this,” Dunbar said. “They were bigger than me, stronger than me, but I know what I work on all the time and I know what I can do. It made me feel like I belong.”
Dunbar, who will be entering his junior season at SI next school year, faced a different brand of basketball than he is used to and, for the first time, was doing it against adults.
He shared time at point guard with San Francisco State’s Marquel Hoskins, and played alongside Cal forward Bak Bak and USF’s De’End Parker.
“It gives me a lot of confidence,” Dunbar said. “These are some of the best people from the Bay Area, so I feel like I can do pretty good against some of the best people in the Bay Area that are adults.”
Now with a game under his belt, Dunbar is confident going forward in the summer league that has featured NBA players in the past, as well as a bevy of talent from local colleges and select high schoolers.
“I feel like I know what to expect,” Dunbar said. “I know that [the referees] are not going to call everything. I’m not going to look for any fouls. I’m just going to go up.”
Dunbar was able to penetrate the Bay City defense on multiple occasions on his way to nine points in his Pro-Am debut.
“During practice [the coaches] said all they want me to do is just set everybody up,” Dunbar said. “But I saw that there wasn’t any help defense, so I went to the rack a few times.”
Marshall guard Aumen Holliday is on the roster for Bay City and was in attendance, but did not enter the game on Tuesday.
The Bay Raiders play again on Monday against East Bay at 8 p.m. Holliday’s Bay City squad plays again on June 28.