There was plenty of buzz going into this afternoon’s matchup of two of Baltimore City’s top teams when Patterson traveled to face off against City College. Right before tipoff the crowd started to rustle, and words like showtime and the main event were being shouted aloud. Super sophomore Aquille Carr did not disappoint, as he took over in the 4th quarter of a tight game to lead his Patterson squad to a highly impressive 77-66 victory over the Black Knights.
Carr scored 15 of his game high 38 points in the decisive quarter, including 13 points in the last 3 minutes of the game to break open what was a 1point game at that time. He constantly took the ball right to the rim and either scored on an array of acrobatic shots or from the foul line, as he converted on 7-9 free throws down the stretch.
Carr was not a one man show though, getting support from Myrek Lee Fowlkes, who finished with16 points and 6 rebounds, and Karrell Goines and Donte Williams, who each scored 7 points.
City(4-2) was led by Michael Cheatham’s 17 points and Charles Tapper’s 16 points and 16 rebounds. What didn’t help the Knights was that their star player, senior and Maryland bound Nick Faust, had a rough go of things from the floor. Faust finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds, but shot just 2 of 15 from the floor, and missed four crucial free throws in the 4th quarter.
With City leading 62-58 after back to back baskets from Lionel Green, the Clippers Goines picked up his 5th foul on a questionable call. The Patterson bench didn’t like the call and got called for a technical on top of the Goines call. So with 4:48 left in the game the Knights best foul shooter, Faust, went to the line for 4 foul shots, and a chance to up the City lead to 8 points.
Somehow Nick missed all 4 of his chances, and after the Knights failed to score on their ensuing possession Patterson took advantage of the new life they had been given.
Knowles got things started on a hard drive to the basket, scoring the bucket and drawing the foul for a 3 point play. Williams followed with 2 free throws to give the Clippers a 63-62 lead, and the rest was taken care of by Carr. Two free throws, a three point play, another layup, and Patterson(6-0) was up 70-62 with under 2 minutes remaining. City had no answer on defense to stop the lightning quick Carr, and no answer on offense to get back into the game.
The first half was tight throughout as both Faust and Carr had a tough time getting going, but the Knights led the entire half. They led 17-16 after one quarter and 36-30 at the half behind solid play from Cheatham and Tapper. Cheatham scored 11 points in the half, while Tapper added 10 and was dominating on the glass.
Carr managed just a single free throw in the 1st quarter, and did score 10 points on the second, but was just 3-15 shooting in the half. Goines scored all 7 of his points in the half to keep his team in the game.
The 3rd quarter belonged to Carr and Fowlkes, as they combined for 23 of the Clippers 26 points to square the game at 56 all. Faust did score 11 points in the 3rd, going 9-10 from the foul line.
Just like a flash Carr weaved his way through the City defense, and just like a flash the Knights chance of getting a pivotal home victory went out the door.