Junior guard Kwynten Brooks scored a career-high 22 points as Patterson stormed out to a big early lead and never looked back in its 77-56 victory over Richard Montgomery at the Bernie Eckert Holiday Classic.
Brooks scored 13 of his points in a first quarter that saw the Clippers (7-1) take a 31-9 lead. and he finished the game 9 of 19 from the field (3 of 4 from 3-point range) and added nine rebounds and five assists.
Patterson got contributions up and down the line up. Sophomore guard Dereck Oliver had 18 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals to pace the Clippers, who shot a season-best 45 percent from the field. Senior guard Devante Conyers added 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. Including junior Dawan Bass’ six points, Patterson’s four starting guards combined for 60 points on the night.
Junior forward Michael Straham, making his first career start, solidified the frontcourt, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. Senior forward Eric Woods chipped in four points and eight rebounds.
Patterson put forth another strong defensive efforts, forcing Richard Montgomery in 25 turnovers and holding it to 2 of 17 (12 percent) from behind the arc.
The Clippers are back in action tonight at 8 PM against National Collegiate Prep (D.C.), which lost 71-59 to Arundel in the first game of the Bernie Eckert Holiday Classic on Thursday.
Admission for Day 2 of the Holiday Classic, which also features Arundel and Richard Montgomery at 6 PM, is $10. A portion of the admission fee will go to the American Cancer Society.