No. 1 Patterson handles No. 6 Dunbar, 80-67

Carr scores 36 as Clippers surge to first in city's Division I

  • Patterson's Aquille Carr scores on a layup in front of Dunbar's Devonte Wallace in the first quarter. Carr scored 36 and Wallace 20 as the No. 1 Clippers beat the No. 6 Poets, 80-67, at Morgan State's Hill Field House.
Patterson's Aquille Carr scores on a layup in front of… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth…)
February 02, 2011|By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun

It has been more than 50 years since Patterson High could be counted among Baltimore's basketball elite.

On Wednesday night, facing the metro area's most storied program, sophomore phenom Aquille Carr and the Clippers took another step toward securing their place in city hoops history.

Carr, a dazzling 5-foot-7 point guard, scored a game-high 36 points — leaving him just 11 shy of 1,000 for his brief prep career — as top-ranked Patterson pulled away from No. 6 Dunbar, 80-67, in front of an estimated 2,400 at Morgan State's Hill Field House.

"It's a big win, but it's one win. Our goal is March 12 — to win the state championship," Patterson coach Harry Martin said. "We want to be the top team, not only in the Baltimore metro area, but in the state of Maryland. We just need to stay focused."

Patterson (15-1 overall, 6-0 Baltimore City Division I), whose lone loss this season was to New York's Cardozo at last month's Big Apple Invitational, inched ahead of No. 5 Edmondson in the division standings. Edmondson, 5-0 in Division I, faces a key test Friday against No. 9 City.

The Clippers, meanwhile, will complete a grueling run of three games in as many days when they play host to Carver on Thursday.

This is new territory for Patterson, which has never won a state title — or even made the trip to College Park — and hasn't been an elite team in the city since the late 1950s.

"I don't really think of this as a statement game because we're supposed to beat everybody," Carr said.

With the score tied at 36 at halftime, Patterson took control in the third quarter, taking the lead for good on Carr's 3-point play. Compounding the issue, Dunbar point guard Donte Pretlou picked up his fourth foul on the play, and was sent to the bench.

In his absence, Carr more easily penetrated, and several times kicked the ball out to sophomore Myrek Lee-Fowlkes (17 points), who hit three 3-pointers in the final 4:40 of the quarter to give his team a 57-37 lead at the end of three.

With the turnover-prone Poets in severe foul trouble, that lead ballooned to 19 by midway through the fourth.

"We were really able to get to the basket," said Carr, who made 17 of 20 free throws. "We wanted to attack, attack, attack until they fell back, then we started shooting 3s."

All told, the Clippers hit nine of 14 3-point attempts.

Dunbar (13-2, 4-2), which got 20 points from swingman Devonte Wallace and 15 from Pretlou, has lost twice in two days after a 22-game winning streak.

Both teams took turns dominating early.

Down by five, Dunbar clamped down on Carr and simultaneously started getting hot from the field, outscoring the Clippers 23-8 over a span of six minutes. Pretlou and Wallace led the charge for the Poets, who shot 11-for-14 during the stretch.

Moments later, when forward Aaron Parham nailed a short jumper, Dunbar had extended its lead to 28-17.

Patterson, however, finally awakened in the latter stages of the half, with Lee-Fowlkes making a pair of 3-pointers and Carr hitting an acrobatic layup. The Clippers scored the final eight points of the half, pulling even on Rickey Meekins' 3-pointer just before halftime.

Dunbar — Alston 9, Jones 2, Parham 12, Pretlou 15, Singletary 9, Wallace 20. Totals: 27 5-8 67.

Patterson — Carr 36, Goins 2, Lee-Fowlkes 17, Marshall 2, Meekins 15, Williams 6, Woodard 2. Totals: 25 21-26 80.

Half: Tied, 36-36.

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