Friday evening's showdown in Baltimore between it's two top ranked teams was the most anticipated game so far this year in the charm city. Both teams were undefeated in Baltimore City league play.
The Poets got off to a hot start and never looked back, downing the Clippers 64-55 in front of a packed house on Orleans St. Patterson couldn't hit an outside shot and got dominated on the boards. Aquille Carr scored a game high 20 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He did commit 8 of the Clippers 15 turnovers.
Coming into the season Patterson knew they would have the toughest schedule in team history. But they didn't expect to lose a game in Baltimore City play after going undefeated in city play last year. With the win Dunbar will most likely move ahead of Patterson and claim the rights to #1 team in the city. However Patterson has 2 games against nationally ranked teams in the next 3 days and if they can go 2-0 in those 2 there's a chance they could stick at #1. But it will be a tall order for the Clippers to go 2-0 in games in New Jersey and Washington DC in a 48 hour span.
Patterson knew it would be very tough to go undefeated this season, setting up a national schedule so they could gain invaluable experience in their quest to win the first state championship in school history. Luckily, they will not meet Dunbar in the post season as Dunbar is in a different classification.
Dunbar saw 4 players score in double figures on Friday evening. Their team defense was suffocating and led to many transition buckets. Patterson forward Shakir Brown, the teams 2nd leading scorer, only scored 2 points and just couldn't get it going. The game was called with 31.8 seconds left after things were thrown on the court and the gymnasium began to get a little chaotic.
On Monday evening Patterson heads down to Coolidge High School for one of the most anticipated Baltimore VS DC games in the last decade as they take on nationally ranked and undefeated Gonzaga of the WCAC.