Baltimore, Md– Patterson Clippers are marching back to College Park after 58-49 Class 2A North championship win over Edmondson. The victory was the third time the Clippers defeated the Red Storm this season. In front of a packed Patterson High School gymnasium, the teams with much familiarity, went toe-to-toe for a better part of 3 quarters. The separation began in the fourth quarter as Patterson’s defense was able to hold Edmondson to three points the entire period.
The Baltimore City Champions had three players score in double figures. 2019 Small Forward Marvin Price led the Clippers with 21 points, followed by TJ Thomas 15 points, and Zach Blackwell’s 10 points.
Edmondson’s loss is a small blemish for an overall impressive resume by the Red Storm. Unexpectedly, Coach Darrell Dantzler’s team (18-4) only lost to 2 teams all year, one game away from becoming Baltimore City Champions, defeated Baltimore County Champions New Town on the road, lost to 2-time 3A defending Champions Poly by one, and will likely finish in the top 10 Baltimore Area High School Basketball final poll.
Patterson now sets their eyes on 2A South Champion Thomas Stone out of Charles County. The Cougars defeated Oakland Mills 69-60 to lock a spot in the Maryland Class 2A semifinals. For the Clippers, the trip to the Xfinity Center will be their 2nd in three years. Patterson won the Class 2A title in 2017. The teams will meet March 15th at 7pm.
Class 4A North: Its been 42 years since Dulaney (22-3) won a regional boys basketball title. The streak was finally broken last night after the Lions came from behind to beat Springbrook (16-9) 70-60 in the 4A North Region final. The Baltimore County team was down 10 late in the third quarter. But the Lions rallied behind 2020 guard Ryan Conway’s 30 point effort and Che Evan’s go ahead lay-up with a little over 2 minutes left. Dulaney will face PG County juggernaut Eleanor Roosevelt in the 4A semifinals. The Raiders blew out all their playoff opponents to capture the 4A south title. Roosevelt is currently ranked 5th in the Washington Post High School basketball poll. Tip-off March 14th 7pm.
Class 3A South: Two-time defending Class 3A champions Poly punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 69-54 win on the road against St. Charles. Engineers Brandon Murray had a team high 29 points in the victory. Coach Sam Brand’s squad is now just two game away from winning a historic three Class 3A state championships in a row. Bel Air’s CM Wright (20-5) will be the Engineers next opponent in the semifinal. The Mustangs held off Woodlawn 53-46 in the 3A North Region championship. Tip-off March 14th at 3pm.
Class 1A North: Lake Clifton lost 3 starters from the 2018 Class 1A Championship squad, but the Lakers still found a way to make it back to College Park. Lake Clifton crushed Randallstown 89-66 in the 1A North Region Final championships after slipping by Dunbar 62-60 in the regional semifinal. Now the Lake Show is 2 games way from back to back 1A State titles. First they will have to get by 1A South Region Champions Douglass-PG. The Eagles dominated Lackey in the regional semifinal 80-59. Game time 3pm March 15th.
1A West News: There’s still one more spot remaining in the Class 1A semifinals. Baltimore City’s New Era Academy travels to Allegany College today to play Southern High School out of Garrett County. The 2 hour trip is the first road game for the Jaguars during the playoffs. Game time is scheduled for 6pm.
It was the the good, the bad, and the ugly at the 2019 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland, Maryland. The bad was Baltimore Area Player of the Year candidate, St Frances’ Ace Baldwin, missed the first game against DeMatha due to injury. The ugly was Baltimore Catholic League Schools were swept in the first round by Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams.
The good was Mt St Joe’s James Bishop reached the 2000 career points milestone against Paul VI Thursday night. The LSU commit has been on a tear the entire tournament and needs 37 points tonight to eclipse the ACIT All-Time leading scoring record at 134 points. The record was set by DeMatha’s Jo Jo Hunter in 1976.