Carr carries Patterson to 79-68 victory over City

December 21, 2010|By Glenn Graham, THE BALTIMORE SUN

Last year as a freshman, All-Metro point guard Aquille Carr put Patterson boys basketball on the map.

This season, Carr and the No. 4 Clippers clearly have plans of going far.

More proof came on Tuesday night in front of a packed City gym, where the 5-foot-7 standout once again played bigger than the rest to take over a close game in the fourth quarter.

Scoring 15 of his game-high 38 points in the decisive moments, Carr led the Clippers to a stunning 79-68 win over the No. 2 and two-time defending Class 2A state champion Knights in front of an overflow crowd.

Patterson improves to 6-0 on the season, while City, which relinquished its No. 1 ranking this week after losing to St. Frances on Saturday, drops to 3-2.

"We might celebrate now," said Carr. "Coach [Harry Martin] always tells me when we condition for 32 minutes of practice, the last 15 minutes run hard. So I wasn't even tired. I just kept my head in the game and didn't worry about the crowd and played like my coach told me to."

While the Knights were showing a surprising lack of poise down the stretch — Maryland-bound senior forward Nick Faust missed four straight free throws during one possession while they had a 62-58 lead with 4:48 to play — Carr and the Clippers cranked up the tempo to win going away. Despite having four fouls, he continually challenged the Knights' defense with relentless drives to the basket, scoring on four layups and going 7-for-9 from the free throw line to score 13 of his team's last 14 points.

Said Martin: "The fourth quarter, he just put us on his back.

"It's just another step. Our goal, like I told them at the end of the game, we wanted to be excited, but our expectations are a state championship and being one of the best teams in the country. So this moves us closer to that. City is a great team — very athletic, very tough and well coached. It just came down to the fourth quarter and who made the plays."

Myrek Lee-Fowlkes added 18 points and eight rebounds for the winners, while City got team-high honors from senior guard Mike Cheatham (17 points) and a 16-point, 18-rebound performance from junior forward Charles Tapper.

City coach Mike Daniel had a two-fold answer to why his team came unglued in the pivotal fourth quarter.

"Fouls shots. Foul shots. I'm in shock … but we just have to continue to work. And [Carr] is such a tough, tough kid," he said.

Boys basketball

4 Patterson 79, 2 City 68

P -- Carr 38, Lee-Fowlkes 18, Goines 7, Williams 7, Carter 5, Marshall 2. Totals: 23 24-34 79.

C -- Cheatham 17, Faust 13, Tapper 16, Greer 5, Rasheed 5, Green 7, Amos 2. Totals: 22 20-25 68.

Half: C, 36-30.

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