Unbeaten Raiders make a major statement with a win over Baltimore power
It is not been a stellar start for the No. 12 Patterson boys basketball team in 2019, as they entered this week’s Carver Vo-Tech Holiday Classic at 3-3. However, the Clippers figured to get well as the favorites to take the Red Bracket, including Friday’s opening round match-up with Loch Raven.
The Raiders had other ideas.
Loch Raven used the meeting with perennial Baltimore City power as coming out party of sorts, pulling off a 70-66 upset, to move to 6-0 this season. The Raiders will now face Coppin Academy in Saturday’s championship game, while the Clippers (3-4) will face Patterson Mill in an attempt to get back to .500.
Loch Raven senior Sean Powell scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter and hit a three pointer to put the Raiders up by three with 19 seconds left in the game. Patterson would go on to hit two free throws with two seconds left, but Loch Raven senior Cristian Johnson made a 3-point field goal at the end of regulation to set the final score.
“I am beyond proud of our defensive effort today and the consistency of our kids sticking to the game plan,” said Loch Raven coach Brandon Thomas. “We faced some good adversity and played a well coached Patterson team. Prior to the game i told them the most physical and mentally tough team was going to win the game. Glad to see they were up for the challenge and responded well.
“Our senior guard Sean Powell and I had a discussion about him believing in himself as much as I do, (how it) will be all the difference in some games and he really stepped up today on both ends. We still have a long way to go but as long as we are taking steps in the right direction, I am pleased no matter how small the step.”
Cortez Johnson had team-high 19 points, as well as 14 rebounds and four blocks in a dominant effort. Powell added seven rebounds and five assists. In addition Christian Johnson had 10 points and eight assists for the Raiders and Caron Smith finished with 13 points.