The Aquille Carr-led Patterson boys basketball team is fast, skilled and simply daring opponents to try to keep up this season.
Forest Park was the latest team that proved no match in the championship game of the Bill Miller Christmas Classic at Patterson.
With Carr scoring a career-high 57 points, the No. 2 Clippers ran away with the tournament title, coming away with a convincing 103-71 win over the No. 11 Foresters.
Patterson improves to 8-0 on the season and, in typical fashion, it was a dominating performance from the 5-foot-8 Carr — a first-team All-Metro sophomore guard — that shined in the most recent win.
"To score 57 points is an incredible effort at this level," said Patterson coach Harry Martin.
The Clippers built a comfortable lead from the onset, but put the game away with a 28-point second quarter that featured 17 from Carr. Patterson took a 45-26 lead into halftime. Scoring from the outside, on penetrating drives and also at the foul line, Carr finished with seven 3-pointers, 12 other field goals and was 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. Sophomore Myrek Lee-Fowlkes added 20 points in the win.
While the performance from Carr overshadowed everything else, Martin said the team's tenacity on defense got the positive path started.
"It starts with our defense. We like to pressure for 32 minutes — get up and down the court for 32 minutes," he said.
Forest Park, which reached the championship game with a win over Bladensburg on Tuesday, fell to 6-2 on the season.