No. 2 Patterson tops Randallstown for third 2A state final four berth in five seasons; Price scores 28 (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)
2016-2017 CLASS 3A NORTH REGION BOYS' BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
Since coming to Patterson, Harry Martin has taken the Clippers boys' basketball program to new heights. But Saturday, Martin was overwhelmed.
The second-ranked Clippers defeated Randallstown, 73-50, in the Class 2A North Region championship game. Sophomore guard Marvin Price scored 28 points for the Clippers (24-3 overall) and Isaiah Clemons added 14.
The Baltimore City Division I champions led by as many as 28 points, earning a fifth trip to the state final four at the University of Maryland. The Clippers will play Harford Tech in a 2A semifinal Friday afternoon at Xfinity Center.
"One of the most impressive efforts from our group that I seen in my 11 years here," Clippers coach Harry Martin said. "The energy we brought in the first half was very impressive, on top of that, it was a great team effort."
It was the Clippers' third Elite Eight victory over Randallstown (15-8). The Kane Street school defeated the Baltimore County program in the 2015 and 2014 North final, but was completely dominant Saturday.
Patterson led 42-18 at halftime as Price scored 19 of his team's 25 points in the second quarter.
"I knew I had to get going eventually and help extend the lead and take us to the next level," said Price. "I just kept playing, listening to my coaches and everything just started falling."
"Once he gets into one of those streaks like we seen him do all season and in practice, he can take a game over and put a team on his back," said Martin.
Sophomore point guard Gerald Mungo finished with 11 points, handling Randallstown's full-court pressure. Clemens, one of two starting seniors, dropped four 3-pointers.
Clemens realizes Patterson's present and future is in good hands with Price and Mungo.
"I just try to take on the big brother role," Clemons said. "I let them know how special they can be each and everyday and try to make sure I put in the extra work so it will translate to their game…. And when they get to my age, it will be another level of winning."
Cameron Isaacs and Yimi Lewis each finished with 11 points for Randallstown, which last reached the state final four in 2008 (Class 2A).
It's back to College Park for Patterson, which lost in the 2A state final to Oakland Mills in its last trip in 2015. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Price, who played for District region private powerhouse DeMatha Catholic last season as a freshman.
"It means a lot especially knowing I have a big part," said Price. "I'm trying to get the win."
Class 2A North Region championship
No. 2 Patterson 73, Randallstown 50
Randallstown – Lewis 11; Issacs 11; McNeal 9; Makle 9; Thornton 8; Okojie 2. Totals 22 2-5 50.
Patterson – Price 28; Mungo 11; Adams 11; Clemons 14; Jones 5; Pitts 2; Easter 2. Totals 28 7-10 73.
Randallstown 8 10 10 22 - 50
Patterson 17 25 11 20 - 73
Last Updated (Monday, 06 March 2017 20:15)