Basketball Academy: #3 Clippers too much for Titans
Patterson came in to this game looking to add another win, as they try to keep pace with the Edmondson Red Storm, who sit at 10-1, first place in Baltimore City division 1.
Clippers Senior guard, Gary Blackston, sparked the game with a trey ball. The offense of the Clippers was heavily created off of transition, where they just simply ran the floor scoring at will. Patterson's star senior point guard, Derek Oliver, led the Clippers 8-1 run knocking down a well contested deep 3 to end quarter 18-8. Patterson hit the turn-up button in the second quarter answering New Town's 7-3 run with an 18-9 run that featured a tough no-look pass from Mr. Oliver to big man Koran Moore. Derek was diming his team-mates, showcasing his great court awareness, to go up six more points at the half 41-25.
The New Town Titans came in with a respectable 7-3 record under 2-time state champion, head coach Mike Daniel, looking to give the Clippers their third loss of the season. However, trying and actually completing that goal, are two different things. The Titans started out on a 5-0 run led by junior guard, Devin Smith, who finished a tough contested lay-up during that run. The rest of the quarter New Town went cold from the perimeter, scoring only 3 more points for the last 5 minutes of the first quarter, finishing with 8 total points.
Titans got off to another run early in the second quarter but once again with a couple turnovers and cold shooting found themselves down 20 points 41-21. The Titans did not find a perimeter shot until the closing seconds of the quarter to cut lead to 16 (41-25).
Just when it didn't look like the Clippers could get any hotter, they started the second half knocking down back-to-back baskets to push the lead back up to 19. The Clippers didn't quite adjust to the press of the Titans turning the ball over 3 times in a row decreasing their lead from 19 to 11. Derek Oliver rallied his team back on their scoring rant, dishing the ball inside and scoring inside, to put the lead back over by 15 in which he finished with 24 points and 9 dimes. Clippers big man Koran Moore helped close the game scoring back to back down low.
New Town responded on a high level offensively scoring 41 pts in the second half. The high octane second half was lead by Devin Smith who cupped at will with his off-hand dribble ability scoring 13 second half points. Guard, Malik Jones, also contributed, knocking down well contested trey balls. The two combined for 22 of the teams 41 second half points. The backcourt tandem of Smith and Jones turned it up defensively as well cutting the lead to 11.
Unfortunately the great second half contribution of Smith and Jones could not turn the corner against the Clippers. This was due to Derek Oliver and Gary Blackston combining for over 20 points, whether it be from fastbreak or dribble drive.