No. 11 Clippers handle Lake Clifton in city league opener; Thomas leads balanced effort (VIDEO HERE!)

by Donald Daniels

All season, Patterson High boys’ basketball coach Henry Martin has asked his team to give a complete performance. Wednesday, the No. 11 Clippers put together arguably their best effort in a 65-47 rout of No. 8 Lake Clifton in a Baltimore City Division I match on Kane Street.

“There were a few games that we were in until end, but we just didn’t finish,” Martin said. “Tonight we played a very well coached team for the entire game and that is good to see.”

The Clippers (4-3 overall, 1-0 Division I) made Lake Clifton (7-2, 1-1 Division I) one dimensional, forcing the Lakers to shoot from the perimeter after clogging the passing lane. Offensively, five Clippers finished in double figures in T.J. Thomas (16 points), Zach Blackwell (13), Gerard Mungo (13), Daesean Jones (12) and Isaac James (12).

“[We] just moved the ball around, getting everyone involved,” Jones said. “Everyone was taking smart shots.”

The defending Class 2A state champions seized momentum with  a 10-0 surge to finish the opening quarter. Thomas scored six points during run with Blackwell adding a free throw and Jones capping the run with a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer.

Mungo, a junior guard, was the catalyst for the Clippers in second quarter, scoring six points. The Clippers led by 14 points at intermission as a Jones buried a jumper just inside the free throw line and drilled another three-pointer on the right side of the key.

Jones stayed in a rhythm from the perimeter as Patterson maintained the double-digit advantage. Defensively, the Clippers who kept switching defenses, were efficient closing out on Laker shooters and swarming the paint.

“Part of the game plan was to pack it in, force these guys to hit some 3s and let’s see if we can get out in transition,” said. “I think we were smart with our defenses, mixing up our zones throughout the night [confusing] Lake Clifton.”

Patterson pushed its advantage to 20 points in the fourth. Benjamin Carter, Ronald Lucas and Armon Harried each finished with 10 points to lead Lake Clifton.

“They outplayed us,” Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried said. “They played well and we didn’t.”

No. 11 Patterson 69, No. 8 Lake Clifton 47

Lake Clifton: Gray 8, Parker 3, Smith 2, Carter 10, Lucas 10, Harried 10, Barney 2, Jones 2. Totals: 19 7-17 47.

Patterson: Jones 12, Thomas 16, Blackwell 13, Mungo 13, Frink 3, I. James 12. Totals: 23 17-23 69.

Lake Clifton 6 8 12 21 – 47

Patterson 15 13 16 25 – 69