New York City wasn’t kind to two of Baltimore’s best boys’ basketball teams as No. 1 Patterson and No. 4 City College dropped decisions at the Big Apple Invitational Saturday at Baruch College.
In a battle of unbeaten, the top-ranked Clippers fell, 62-61, to Cardozo (N.Y.) as Marquis Barnett converted a free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Aquille Carr scored 34 points to lead Patterson (10-1 overall).
The Clippers trailed nine points in the final quarter before Carr dropped a high-arcing three-pointer with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left for a 56-55 deficit. He brought the Kane Street school to a 58-57 with a basket inside.
Carr, who scored 44 points the day before against Digital Harbor, came up with a steal and was fouled with 19.7 seconds left in regulation. He hit one of two free throws, pulling Patterson even at 61.
Seconds later, Carr missed an attempt that would’ve given the Clippers the lead, and Barnett was fouled. He hit one of two free throws, giving Cardozo, ranked No. 4 in the New York City area by the New York Post, its 14th straight victory.
City was handled by Thomas Jefferson, 63-46, as University of Maryland-bound guard Nick Faust led the Knights (6-4) with 22 points. Shamell Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Thomas Jefferson (9-8), ranked No. 10 in New York City.
City returns to Baltimore City league Division I action at Mervo Tuesday afternoon. Patterson will take on unbeaten and No. 7 Dunbar Tuesday evening at Morgan State University.