Patterson avenges their loss to Poly with a 42-40 victory Friday Night, claiming the Division I Baltimore City title.
Sophomore Marvin Price Jr. led Patterson in scoring with 20 points. Price is one 3 sophomores in the Clippers starting five, but their youth never became a factor throughout the close game.
"I knew that this was our last chance [to beat Poly]", Price said about his aggressiveness in the fourth quarter. "We would've still had a chance to go to the [State Championships] if we loss, but we wouldn't have another opportunity to beat [Poly]."
For Patterson, this game was more than just the City Championship. Patterson loss to Poly on Feb. 7, after missing crucial free throws in the overtime period.
Poly forward, De'Vondre Perry, was another reason for the overtime loss, leading Poly with 21 points. This time, the Clippers did not allow Perry to have a late-game spurt that could have given Poly an edge in the final minutes.
Perry finished with 11 points. In the fourth quarter, he had three big blocks but only four points that came from the free throw line.
"It was a very similar game but this time we were able to get more stops," Patterson coach Harry Martin said. "I thought we did a better job of containing [Perry] when he started drive, sending two or three guys, forcing him to make some turnovers."
Poly trailed 37-33 to start the fourth quarter and took the lead when Perry knocked down four straight free throws. A technical foul was called on Price which gave Perry the extra two free throws. Poly only converted one field goal in the quarter.
Patterson regained the lead with two minutes remaining after Byron Easter cleaned up a blocked shot by Perry. Patterson would keep the lead for the rest of the game. Patterson defense was a key factor in protecting their lead. In the final minute, they caused two turnovers and Price blocked a three-point attempt that could have been the go-ahead basket for Poly.
Patterson will find out Tuesday morning who their first round opponent will be in the MPSSAA playoffs.