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