Despite its respectable record, Patterson High boys’ basketball team’s often asked about its only loss. The No. 14 Clippers changed the conversation Monday evening.
Patterson topped second-ranked Perry Hall, 58-47, in the Green Division semifinal at the Dundalk Holiday Tournament. Sophomore wing Marvin Price led Patterson (6-1 overall) with 14 points and Gerard Mungo added 12.
The Clippers put the Baltimore County squad in a 16-point first half hole then held off a second half charge to claim the marquee game on the two-day event in front of nearly 1,000 inside Dundalk’s gym. Patterson will play Prince George’s County’s DuVal in the bracket final Tuesday evening.
It was a belated Christmas present for the Baltimore City school, which previous major showing was a 34-point loss to St. Frances Academy in the inaugural William Wells Classic at UMBC back on the opening weekend of the regular season.
“St. Frances game was a bad performance and we can only get better,” said Clippers senior forward Christon Adams. “We had the game in the back of our heads and had the mindset to come out and hit them [Perry Hall] hard.”
The Clippers never trailed after the opening basket, leading 22-6 midway in the second quarter after a jumper from Price. The Kane Street school defensively hounded Perry Hall, creating easy transition scores.
The Gators tightened their game, pulling to 26-24 after senior Darrell Green’s short jumper off an offensive rebound. Mungo answered for Patterson with a drive, sparking a 12-1 quarter-closing surge capped with Harrison Brandon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 38-25 advantage.
Perry Hall again pushed back into contention, 40-36, after a steal and score from senior guard Aaron Butler with 5 minutes, 13 seconds left in regulation. Price, a highly-touted transfer from national power DeMatha Catholic stuck a 3-pointer from the corner and Adams got a ball in the paint and finished off the glass, part of a 10-0 run.
“I told them tonight would be a barometer to see how much we’ve improved from the last two weeks and they responded,” said Patterson coach Harry Martin. “Perry Hall is a very good team. Some nights, you don’t make shots but give credit to our defense. We were aggressive.”
The match was chippy at times as Price and Perry Hall junior Laquill Hardnett were both ejected late in regulation. Both will have to sit out Tuesday.
The Gators (6-1) got 15 points from seniors Darrell Green and James Rider. Hardnett and junior Anthony Higgs combined for just five points after scoring 39 points against then-No. 2 Poly last Thursday.
After an impressive 83-60 victory over the defending Baltimore City Division I champ Engineers, Perry Hall was a step behind most of evening against Patterson.
Gators coach George Panageotou was disappointed in his team’s inability to deal with adversity.
“We keep trying to teach it and they got a lot to learn because just because you’re talented doesn’t mean you’re going to walk on the court and win every game,” said Panageotou. “Patterson took it to us and deserved to win. I’m disappointed in some of the actions of my guys, we got to be able to fight through some negative times.”
The Gators will try to rebound Tuesday afternoon against tourney host Dundalk, which dropped a 65-47 decision to DuVal. The Lanham school raced out to a 25-5 first half advantage, but Owls rallied in the second half.
Dundalk closed to 34-25 in the third period after a basket from Jaylon Johnson. The Tigers answered with a 12-4 run to lead 46-29 entering the fourth.
No. 3 Lake Clifton advanced to the Grey Division final with a 70-44 rout of Owings Mills. The undefeated Lakers will play Catonsville Tuesday evening at 6:30.
Edgewood and Kenwood will play for the Gold crown while Towson and Reginald Lewis will decide the White title Tuesday.
Dundalk Holiday Tournament
Green Division semifinal
No. 14 Patterson 58, No. 2 Perry Hall 47
Perry Hall – Higgs 2, Hardnett 3, Green 15, Rider 15, Butler 9, Holley 2. Totals 20 2-13 47.
Patterson – Price 14, Mungo 12, Adams 11, Jones 6, Clemons 10, Harrison 5. Totals 23 10-20 58.
Perry Hall 6 12 10 19 – 47
Patterson 18 6 14 20 – 58
Other Dundalk Tournament scores
DuVal 65, Dundalk 47
No. 3 Lake Clifton 70, Owings Mills 44
Catonsville 65, Parkville 44
Catonsville – Chambers 8, Church 10, Getzenhammer 10, Hatch 10, Guadalupe 8, Wagstaff 6, Hunt 2, Kidd 9.
Parkville – Brown 16, Blizzard 2, Williams 7, King 3, White 2, Ugochuku 14.
Edgewood 50, Chesapeake-Baltimore County 35
Edgewood – Hooper 10, Waldon 9, Skaggs 4, Burgess 10, Scott 11, Ware 4 Aduaka 2.
Chesapeake-BC – Yu 1, Toney 14, Gilyard 1, Seaberry 2, Nisseau-Bey 2, Hughes 5 Aguda 4 Brown 6.
Halftime: Edgewood 28 Chesapeake 19
Kenwood 45, City College 44
Reginald Lewis 61, Patapsco 53
Reginald F. Lewis – Dawson 10, Johnson 8, Dartlove 5, Carter 17, Joseph 2 Mcnulty 14, Camero, 3 Scott 2.
Patapsco – Praylow 17, Brooks 12, Chan 4, Moie 4, Cepero 6, Smith 1, Oliver 9.
Towson 46, North Harford 45
Towson – Gospay 6, Testoni 3, O’Mally 6, J. Weir 17, Wilson 4, Dugan 2, H. Weir 8.
North Harford – Dolinar 2, Z. Helewicz 5, J. Helewicz 3, Cornelius 9, Keeney 7, McManus 15, Wilcox 2, Cosner 2.
Halftime: North Harford 24 Towson 21
Chesapeake-Baltimore City vs. North Harford, 9 a.m.
Parkville vs. Patapsco, 10:30 a.m.
City vs. Owings Mills, 12 p.m.
No. 2 Perry Hall vs. Dundalk, 1:30 p.m.
White Division – Towson vs. Reginald Lewis, 3 p.m.
Gold Divsion – Edgewood vs. Kenwood, 4:30 p.m.
Grey Division – Catonsville vs. No. 3 Lake Clifton, 6 p.m.
Green Division – Patterson vs. DuVal, 7:30 p.m.