Patterson won its first state championship in any sport on Saturday, grabbing the 3A title with an 86-75 win over Thomas Stone at University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.
The Clippers became the only No. 15 seed to ever win a boy’s basketball state championship. It had to play all four regional games on the road before advancing to the state tournament. Despite that, Patterson won its six playoff games by an average margin of 19.7 points.
It didn’t come easy on Saturday. Patterson built an early 11 point lead, but Thomas Stone (25-2) outscored the Clippers (21-7) 29-12 in the second quarter to go into halftime leading 43-34.
But Patterson responded out of the locker room and quickly erased the deficit. Devin Hebron scored all 23 of his points in the second half–17 of which came in the third quarter–to help Patterson to a one-point lead heading into fourth quarter.
Thomas Stone briefly regained the lead, but the Clippers got key contributions from a number of players to put away the Cougars.
Aquille Carr finished with a game-high 28 points. He also added eight assists, six steals and three rebounds. Leonard Livingston had eight points, four rebounds and 11 blocks. In two games at Comcast, Livingston had 19 blocks — the three other state champions, in six games at Comcast, had a combined 14 blocks.
Shakir Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Myrek Lee-Fowlkes had six points, eight rebounds and three steals. Hebron also added seven rebounds. Nyme Manns, who finished with two points and three rebounds, won his second state championship — he was on last year’s 2A champion Digital Harbor team.
Patterson scored 34 points off of Thomas Stone’s 24 turnovers. In two games at the state playoffs the Clippers forced 53 turnovers.
For Thomas Stone, four players scored in double figures. Emeka Mbakwe had 18 points; Michael Briscoe had 15; Brelin Elliott had 14; and Brandon Stewart had 10.