Patterson Tops St Frances 79-72 as Aquille Carr wins MVP in Basketball Academy Tournament

Aquille Carr is the man at Patterson, and he receives almost all of the attention, and rightfully so. But in Saturday night’s Basketball Academy tournament finale, Patterson junior Myrek Lee-Fowlkes let his game do the talking, and was a major reason why Patterson walked away with a 79-72 victory in front of a sold-out overflow crowd against crosstown rival St. Frances.

From the opening possession of the game it was no secret what Patterson’s game plan was. Myrek Lee-Fowlkes was locked in on St Frances guard and UNLV recruit Daquan Cook, as Patterson played a box and one for the entire game.  With the exception of a 90 second span early in the fourth quarter it was Lee-Fowlkes who all over Cook, step for step, in the back court, the front court, where ever Cook went.  It was evident that Cook was getting frustrated as Lee-Fowlkes was within inches of him when Cook was 80 feet away from the basket.  Cook did manage to score a team high 20 points but St Frances was playing shorthanded as junior super star Tevon Saddler was sidelined after suffering a concussion last week.  If St Frances was to win, Cook would need to play a stellar game.

Lee-Fowlkes, the only returning player to the Patterson roster from last season’s state semifinalist team aside from Carr is a jack of all trades type player.  He plays both guard and forward, is lights out from the perimeter, takes it down low and dunks the ball on a gamely basis, and is a lock down defender.  A lock down defender is just what Patterson needs.  The Clippers are known as a run and gun, offense oriented team, led by Carr.  Lee-Fowlkes scores a lot of his points when he’s stationed at the high post and receives entry passes in the middle of zone defenses.  He has perfected the 12 foot turn-around jumper.  You don’t hear much trash talk from Fowlkes, he’s not a chest beater after he hits a clutch three, or is the recipient on a Carr alley-oop.  He’s an old school player who does all the dirty work, and his teammates love his grit and durability.

On Saturday night Aquille Carr was the star attraction.  His crafty change of direction, his deep 3-balls, and his ability to drive the lane and draw fouls at will are what the crowd comes to see.  It was also a big game for Clipper Shakir Brown who was playing against the team that he once called his. Brown was played for St. Frances for the first three years of his high school career.  On Saturday he finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals.  Nyme Manns also had a great game for the Clippers as he scored 6 consecutive points to begin the fourth quarter (15 points and 11 rebounds in the game) and create a little bit of separation for the Clippers.  St. Frances would respond though.  Dayshawn Wells hit consecutive three-pointers with just under three minutes to go and cut the lead to 67-66.  But Patterson would never relinquish their lead and walked away a 79-72 winner.  Carr was named MVP in the Basketball Academy finale and the Clippers improved to 11-5.  Carr finished with a game high 23 points to go along with 3 assists.  The Clippers put five players in double figures.