Baltimore’s Patterson High School Clippers advanced to the 3A Class Regional Final after beating the City College Knights, 67-59, in the semifinals on March 1 in Baltimore, Md.
The Clippers leaned on its star junior guard Aquille Carr, who came off the bench to lead his team with a game-high 23 points in the victory. Carr, a 5-foot-6-inch scoring machine, didn’t start the game despite being the best player among both teams. He told reporters after the game that he didn’t get the start because he had some “classwork” issues to tend to before he arrived at the game. Fortunately for Patterson, Carr entered the game for the first time just minutes before halftime and immediately sparked a run that allowed the Clippers to comeback from an 11-point deficit.
Carr didn’t score much within the two minutes he played before halftime, but he went on to score 19 points in the second half, including nine points in the fourth quarter that helped seal the win for Patterson.
Besides Carr, Patterson also received strong contributions from junior guard Myrek Lee-Fowlkes, who finished with 15 points. Clippers senior forward Leonard Livingston also scored double-digits with 11 points. Senior forward Charles Tapper led the City Knights (19-6 overall) with 22 points despite the loss.
Patterson (18-7 overall) will now face Milford Mill in the regional final game.
The following are other scores from the Boys Regional Semifinals:
CLASS 2A NORTH
? No. 6 Lake Clifton (Baltimore) beat Owings Mills, 81-56
? No. 7 Edmondson (Baltimore) beat Randallstown, 83-62
CLASS 1A SOUTH
? No. 3 Dunbar (Baltimore) beat Surrattsville, 79-58
? No. 13 Forest Park (Baltimore) beat Ben Franklin-Masonville, 65-48