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.

Patterson defeats Edmondson, 66-63, in overtime

Patterson and Edmondson traded last-second shots at the end of regulation before the Clippers closed out the Red Storm, 66-63, in overtime.

Dereck Oliver scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and overtime.

Dereck Oliver scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and overtime.

Dereck Oliver hit a 3-pointer to give the Clippers (15-3, 8-2 Baltimore City) their first lead of the fourth quarter, 50-48. With less than a minute left, Edmondson tied the game at 53 with a 3-pointer from the corner. Oliver responded with a stepback jump shot at the top of the key to give Patterson a 55-53 lead with 2.5 seconds left. But Edmondson’s full-court pass found its way into Keandre Cook’s hands, and Cook rolled in a short jumper to send the game to overtime.

Neither team led by more than three points in the extra session, and Patterson prevailed to move into a spot in the city championship game. The Clippers are tied with Lake Clifton atop the league standings with two games each to go. Edmondson is 8-3 with one game left.

Oliver, who was held without a field goal in the first half, finished with a game-high 20 points. Demetrich Williams scored nine of his 12 points before halftime to keep the Clippers even with Edmondson at 23-23 entering the break. Williams also added five rebounds.

Gary Blackston finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and five assists, including key offensive rebounds near the end of the game. Richard Hibbert hit three 3-pointers and finished with nine points, three rebounds and two steals. Tyquan Pointer had six points and finished 4 of 4 from the free-throw line, all near the end of the game. He also had three steals.

Earl Ross had four points, four rebounds and three steals, Koran Moore had four points and four rebounds, and Christion Adams rounded out the scoring with two points.

The Clippers forced Edmondson into 26 turnovers.

Patterson is back in action on Friday when it heads to Dunbar. JV tips off at 3:45 p.m. and varsity at 5:15 p.m.

Patterson defeats Digital Harbor, 81-39, for season sweep

Patterson led from start to finish and cruised to an 81-39 win over Digital Harbor, sweeping the season series.

Earl Ross had seven rebounds to help the Clippers out-rebound Digital Harbor 39-28.

Earl Ross had seven rebounds to help the Clippers out-rebound Digital Harbor 39-28.

The Clippers (14-3, 7-2 Baltimore City) got a balanced effort, with 10 players scoring, and drew a running clock in the third quarter. It is the second time Patterson has beat Digital Harbor by 42 points this season; it won in Federal Hill, 71-29.

Koran Moore led all scorers with 17 points and added eight rebounds, two steals and a block. Tyquan Pointer finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Patterson forced Digital Harbor into 23 turnovers and held it to 30.4 percent shooting from the floor. It also out-rebounded the Rams 39-28.

Richard Hibbert was the third scorer in double figures, finishing with 10 points, six assists and five steals. Gary Blackston had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Dereck Oliver played the role of distributor, finishing with seven points and dishing out seven assists. As a team, Patterson assisted on 24 of its 27 field goals.

Demetrich Williams (nine points, four rebounds, three assists), Christion Adams (six points, five rebounds), Daquan Jones (five points, two rebounds, two steals), Earl Ross (three points, seven rebounds), and G’Waun Williams (three points) rounded out the scoring for Patterson.

The JV team also completed a season sweep of Digital Harbor with a 61-45 win. Juma Putman and Tyrell Williams had 13 points each andDaquan Heath had 11 points.

The Clippers are back in action when on Tuesday when they travel to Edmondson. JV tips at 3:45 p.m. and varsity at 5:15 p.m.

Patterson defeats Poly, 57-43, for season sweep

Patterson overcame a slow start and used a stingy defense in a 57-43 win over Poly, sweeping the season series.

Tyquan Pointer had 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Tyquan Pointer had 8 points and 6 rebounds.

The Clippers (13-3, 6-2 Baltimore City) trailed 7-6 after the first quarter and took a 22-20 lead into halftime. Though they never trailed, the Clippers didn’t break the game open until a 16-4 run in the fourth quarter.

Dereck Oliver and Gary Blackston led Patterson with 15 points each. Oliver added four assists and two steals while Blackston had 12 rebounds, two assists and three steals. The Clippers also got strong efforts from Tyquan Pointer (eight points, six rebounds) and Demetrich Williams (eight points, nine rebounds).

Patterson held Poly to just 14 of 49 (28.6 percent) from the field and forced 17 turnovers. It also out-rebounded Poly 47-33.

Koran Moore (five points, nine rebounds, two blocks) and Richard Hibbert (six points, six rebounds, three assists) rounded out the scoring for the Clippers.

Patterson is back in action on Friday when it hosts Digital Harbor. JV tips at 3:45 p.m. and varsity at 5:15 p.m. The Clippers won the first meeting 71-29.

Patterson defeats Theodore Roosevelt, 73-70

Patterson jumped out to a big early lead and withstood a Thoedore Roosevelt comeback to win 73-70 in the D.C./Baltimore Challenge at Coolidge High School.

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

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

The Clippers (12-3) led 24-6 near the end of the first quarter, but Theodore Roosevelt ended the half on a 27-7 run to take the lead into halftime. Roosevelt led by as many as five points in the second half and led 48-46 before the Clippers went on 11-0 run to take the lead for good.

Dereck Oliver finished with 25 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals, his 10th straight game of 20 or more points. Richard Hibbert had a career-high 19 points and added four rebounds and three steals. He went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line to help the Clippers close out the victory.

Gary Blackston had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Demetrich Williams had seven points and six rebounds. Koran Moore had five points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Earl Ross (four points) and Christion Adams (2 points) rounded out the scoring for Patterson, who out-rebounded Roosevelt 38-24.

The Clippers are back in action on Tuesday when they host Poly. JV tips at 3:45 p.m. and varsity at 5:15 p.m.

Patterson falls to Lake Clifton, 58-54

Dereck Oliver scored a season-high 33 points, but Lake Clifton held on to beat Patterson, 58-54.

Dereck Oliver had a season-high 33 points.

Dereck Oliver had a season-high 33 points.

Oliver, who had his ninth straight game of scoring 20 or more points, made seven 3-pointers and added four assists (and took three charges). The Clippers (11-3, 5-2 Baltimore City), however, could find a second scorer, and Lake Clifton evened the season series between the teams.

Patterson trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before going into halftime trailing 24-19. Lake Clifton pushed the lead back to 11 and led 49-40 before the Clippers went on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 2. But Lake Clifton held on for a narrow victory.

Gary Blackston finished with six points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Richard Hibbert had five points and seven rebounds. Koran Moore had two points and 10 rebounds. Earl Ross had three points and Demetrich Williams and Tyquan Pointer each had two points.

Patterson is back in action on Saturday when it faces Theodore Roosevelt in the D.C./Baltimore Challenge at Coolidge High School (D.C.). Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

Patterson defeats New Town, 87-66, at Basketball Academy

Three players scored 20 or more points as Patterson cruised to a 87-66 win over New Town at the Basketball Academy at Morgan State.

Richard Hibbert finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.

Richard Hibbert finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.

Dereck Oliver had his eighth straight game of scoring in the 20s, finishing with 24 points and a season-high nine assists. Gary Blackston added 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. And Koran Moore finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Clippers (11-2), who are 13-2 in their last 15 games against Baltimore County teams.

Patterson raced out to a 20-8 lead and went into halftime up 41-25. The lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way. The Clippers went 26 of 32 (81.2 percent) from the free throw line to follow up an 18-of-19 performance from the line against Dunbar. They also assisted on 19 of their 28 made field goals and out-rebounded New Town 38-24.

Richard Hibbert finished with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Demetrich Williams finished with five points and 10 rebounds. Tyquan Pointer (five points) and Christion Adams (three points) rounded out the scoring for Patterson.

The Clippers return to action on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when it takes on Riverdale Baptist at the Basketball Academy.