Patterson used an aggressive full-court press to force 29 turnovers and pulled away after halftime in its 70-46 victory over Tuscarora in a 3A state semifinal game at the Comcast Center.
The Clippers (20-7) advance to face Thomas Stone in the 3A championship game at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Thomas Stone defeated Centennial, 69-61, in the other semifinal.
Three Patterson players scored in double figures, led by Aquille Carr’s 24 points, and eight players total got on the scoresheet for the Clippers. Carr added four steals and three rebounds.
Nyme Manns had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Devin Hebron had 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Shakir Brown added six points and 10 rebounds for Patterson, which led by double digits from early in the second quarter on.
The Clippers’ defense was paced by Leonard Livingston, who commanded the paint with eight blocks and seven rebounds. Tuscarora shot 34 percent from the field in its largest margin of defeat this season.
Patterson also got solid contributions from Myrek Lee-Fowlkes, who had eight points and seven rebounds, and Dereck Oliver, who hit two 3-pointers and added two rebounds and two assists.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are $8 and available at the door or online.