All Four Seniors Committed to Play Next Season

For the fifth straight year, every Patterson senior will be playing basketball on scholarship at the next level.

  • Point guard Dereck Oliver is headed to St. John’s (Wisc.) Northwestern Military Academy, selecting the prep school over several DI and DII offers.
  • Guard Gary Blackston will play at Angelina (Tx.) College, a DI Junior College and one of the best in the Midwest.
  • Guard Tyquan Pointer will play at North County (N.Y.) Community College, a DIII Junior College.
  • Forward Demetrich Williams will play at Cecil Community College, a DII Junior College.

Dereck Oliver

Gary BlackstonTyquan PointerDemetrich WilliamsOliver, the team MVP who started every game since his sophomore year, topped 1,000 points for his career this past season. He averaged a team-high 18.3 points and five assists. He is fully qualified to play in Division I.

Blackston filled the stat sheet for Patterson in his senior year, averaging 15.7 points, a team-high 9.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 steals and .7 blocks.

Pointer, a three-year varsity player, had several strong performances down the stretch, especially as a defensive presence. He averaged 4.1 points and one steal.

Williams provided the Clippers with a strong wing presence with his ability to shoot and play in the paint. He averaged 7.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, .9 blocks and .8 steals.

Patterson’s four seniors helped lead the program to its fourth region title in five years and its third appearance in the state title game during that stretch.

Region Champs!

whole teamPatterson is heading back to the Xfinity Center.

The Clippers are region champs for the fourth time in five years, claiming their first ever region title at home with a 59-50 win over Randallstown for the 2A North crown.

Dereck Oliver scored 22 points to lead all scorers.

Dereck Oliver scored 22 points to lead all scorers.

Dereck Oliver scored 22 points to lead the Clippers (21-5), who advance to face Wicomico in a 2A semifinal on Friday at 9 p.m. at the Xfinity Center. The Clippers beat Wicomico, 60-52, in the Governor’s Challenge in Salisbury in December.

Gary Blackston finished with a double-double of 13 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Demetrich Williams chipped in nine points and seven rebounds and Richard Hibbert added 10 points to pace Patterson in scoring.

On a night when the Clippers struggled from the floor, they got it done at the free throw line and on defense. They made 31 of 49 free throws and held Randallstown to 38.8 percent from the field. They also forced 18 Rams turnovers.

Patterson led 21-13 at halftime, but Randallstown went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter to tie. The Rams then took a 29-26 lead before Patterson responded with an 11-0 run and sealed the game with free throws down the stretch.

Koran Moore (four points, six rebounds, five blocks) and Tyquan Pointer (one point) rounded out the scoring for Patterson, which defeated Randallstown in the 2A North region final for the second straight year. It won 73-63 at Randallstown last year.

Patterson is the only school in the state to have won region titles in three different classifications in the last five years. It won in 4A in 2011, 3A in 2012 and 2A in 2014 and 2015.

Patterson beats Carver, 79-40, to advance to 2A North final

All 11 players scored for Patterson, which cruised to a 79-40 win over Carver in the 2A North Region Section I finals.

Earl Ross had eight points and eight rebounds.

Earl Ross had eight points and eight rebounds.

The Clippers (20-5) will host Randallstown at 5 p.m. on Monday for the 2A North championship and a spot at the Xfinity Center. Patterson is seeking its fourth region title in the last five years. It defeated Randallstown in last year’s 2A North region final.

Dereck Oliver led all scorers with 17 points and three assists. Gary Blackston finished with 14 points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. As a team, Patterson assisted on 24 of its 28 made baskets.

The Clippers never trailed and were only tied once with Carver, at 2-2. They then went on a 13-0 run and the lead only built from there. They went into the half leading 45-21 and the lead ballooned to as many as 41 points.

Tyquan Pointer chipped in 12 points, four assists and four steals; Earl Ross had eight points and eight rebounds; Demetrich Williams had eight points, four rebounds and three steals; G’Waun Williams had five points and two assists; and Koran Moore had four points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

Other scorers included Christion Adams (four points, four rebounds), Richard Hibbert (three points, three rebounds, three assists), and Tyriek Clark, who scored his first point on the season.

Patterson forced Carver into 27 turnovers and held it to 31.4 percent shooting from the field.

Admission for Monday’s game is $5. Activity cards are not accepted. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the game is expected to sell out.

 

 

Patterson defeats Dunbar, 58-43, in 2A playoffs

For the third time in as many meetings this season, Patterson broke open a close game after halftime to defeat Dunbar, this time defeating the Poets 58-43 in the 2A North Section I semifinals.

Dereck Oliver finished with 23 points and 5 assists.

Dereck Oliver finished with 23 points and 5 assists.

With the win, the Clippers (19-5) advance to the 2A North Section I finals against Carver, which beat Western Tech on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. on Friday at Patterson.

The Clippers led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Dunbar went on a run to cut Patterson’s lead to 24-17 at halftime. After the break, though, it was all Clippers. By the end of the third quarter they built a 16-point lead that never dipped into single digits the rest of the way.

It is the second straight year Patterson has ended Dunbar’s season in the playoffs and the win was the fifth straight against the Poets.

Dereck Oliver led all scorers with 23 points and added five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Tyquan Pointer finished with 12 points — knocking down four 3-pointers — and added two rebounds and an assist.

Gary Blackston added eight points and 10 rebounds, Demetrich Williams had six points and six rebounds, and Richard Hibbert had five points and seven rebounds. Earl Ross (two points, two steals) and Koran Moore (two points, three rebounds, three blocks) rounded out the scoring for Patterson.

The Clippers forced 15 turnovers and held Dunbar to 30.2 percent shooting from the field.

Patterson defeats City, 67-58, on senior night

Patterson honored its four seniors before Wednesday’s game against City, and they carried the Clippers to a 67-58 win to close out the Baltimore City league schedule.

Patterson (17-4) finishes tied for first place with Lake Clifton at 10-2 in Baltimore City Division I. The two teams will meet for the City Championship on Saturday at Morgan State at 8:30 p.m.

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Tyquan Pointer.

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Gary Blackston

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Demetrich Williams

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Dereck Oliver

Patterson trailed by eight points in the first half before going on a 13-0 run and went into halftime leading 33-29. A 13-2 run to start the second half secured the victory for the Clippers, who swept the season series with City.

Senior Gary Blackston finished with a career-high 27 points, making six 3-pointers and finishing 10 fo 16 from the floor. He also added 11 rebounds and three assists for his ninth double-double this season. Senior Dereck Oliver played the role of distributor, dishing out 10 assists and adding six points. Seniors Tyquan Pointer (three points) and Demetrich Williams (four points, six rebounds) also contributed in their last regular season home game.

Not to be outdone by the seniors, a pair of sophomores helped control the paint. Koran Moore tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks while Christion Adams had six points and eight rebounds.

Richard Hibbert (six points, two rebounds, two assists) and Earl Ross (three points) rounded out the scoring for Patterson, which out-rebounded City 44-29.

The JV team defeated City 50-35. Trey Robinson finished with a career-high 27 points.

The Clippers close out the regular season on Thursday at Carver. JV tips at 3:45 p.m. and varsity at 5:15 p.m.

Patterson falls to Riverdale Baptist, 56-55, in Basketball Academy

Despite double-doubles from Gary Blackston and Demetrich Williams and a shot to win the game at the buzzer, Patterson fell to Riverdale Baptist, 56-55, at the Basketball Academy at Lake Clifton.

Blackston finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double this season. Demetrich Williams finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Three other players scored in double figures for the Clippers (16-4), who wrap up the regular season next week.

Gary Blackston earned the MVP award with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Gary Blackston earned the MVP award with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Dereck Oliver finished with 11 points and six assists, and his jumper from the top of the key as time expired fell just short. Koran Moore added 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and Richard Hibbert had three points to round out the scoring.

Patterson led by as many as eight points early, but Riverdale Baptist faught back to take a 35-33 at halftime. The Clippers held a four-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Riverdale Baptist went on 7-0 run to regain the lead. Patterson led again, 55-54, but a turnover and Riverdale Baptist layup with less than a minute left was the decisive score.

The Basketball Academy honored Blackston with the MVP award and Hibbert with the scholar athlete award.

Patterson is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts City on senior night. The Clippers will honors Oliver, Blackston, Williams and Tyquan Pointer. JV tips at 3:45 p.m. and varsity at 5:15 p.m.

Patterson defeats Dunbar, 63-55, to secure City Championship berth

A balanced scoring effort and strong rebounding helped Patterson to a 63-55 win over Dunbar.

Gary Blackston filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

Gary Blackston finished with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The win, combined with Edmondson’s loss to City, clinched a spot in next Saturday’s Division I City Championship Game against Lake Clifton. The Clippers (16-3, 9-2 Baltimore City) split the season series with Lake Clifton, winning 55-46 at home and falling 58-54 on the road.

Against Dunbar on Friday night, Patterson struggled early on the foul line, make just 3 of 13 in the first half. But Tyquan Pointer hit three 3-pointers in the half to help Patterson go into the break up 30-26.

Dunbar briefly tied the game at 36-36 in the third quarter, but Patterson went on an 11-4 run and never trailed the rest of the way. Gary Blackston finished with another double-double, scoring a game-high 18 points and adding 12 rebounds and four steals.

Dereck Oliver had 14 points, seven assists and three steals. Pointer and Demetrich Williams each had nine points, and Williams added eight rebounds and three blocks. Richard Hibbert finished with eight points and five rebounds, Koran Moore had three points, four rebounds and two blocks, and Earl Ross rounded out the scoring with two points and three rebounds.

With the win Patterson also secured the No. 1 seed in the 2A North Section I and will play at home through the duration of the region playoffs.

The Clippers are back in action on Saturday when it faces Riverdale Baptist in a rescheduled Basketball Academy game at Lake Clifton. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m.