Patterson Basketball Is the Truth — Clippers Dominate New Town at Basketball Academy
Patterson basketball has been rich in it’s guard play for the last 5 years and that’s certainly the case this year.
Fourth year varsity Clipper Dereck Oliver and first year Clipper Gary Blackston lead an explosive back court, that loves to penetrate, dish, and score in a multitude of ways. But perhaps the biggest eye-opener for the Kane Street school on Thursday night was 15 year old sophomore Koran Moore.
Moore, who transferred from MERVO for his sophomore season is 6’8”, and wide, but his play is of a mature brand. He has phenomenal body control, plays within his limitations, and knows that this team starts and stops with it’s back court. Moore makes a conscious effort on the defensive end to pick his spots and not pick up stupid fouls, a skill not seen in bigs at that age often.
Thursday’s game was a back and forth ball game with many fast break opportunities, and transition scoring was on full display. With Patterson up double digits Moore backed off on a couple of New Town drives when he could have contested the shot, and perhaps been whistled for a foul. But with Patterson scoring at such a high clip, he showed poise in knowing that Patterson would be better off with it’s only rostered player over 6’5” on the court, then chancing fouls. Time, score, situation… Moore seemed to know what was going on at all times, and this type of maturity could be very useful come playoff time.