Patterson Survives a Battle in Baltimore, Earn 56-52 Win Over Lake Clifton

Lake Clifton basketball has been down ever since Josh Selby departed two years ago.  They’re officially back.  Currently ranked the #1 team in Baltimore City by the Baltimore Sun, they took to the road to face the Sun’s pre-season #1 team, Patterson.  It was a showdown, it was the Lakers vs the Clippers.

In a sold out , standing room only crowd on Kane Street in Baltimore City, the two teams battled back and fourth, exchanging lead changes throughout much of the game.  Both teams really picked it up on the defensive side of the ball.  Lake Clifton’s box and one held Aquille Carr to only 22 points on the night.  Lake Clifton, who entered the game with a 16-2 record was looking to improve upon their record in hopes of earning a trip to the Baltimore City Championship game which is just about two weeks away.  Their are still five or six teams who have a shot to play in that game.

On Tuesday evening Lake Clifton fell behind by 10 points about half way through the second quarter.  But they fought all the way back to exchange leads with Patterson.  Two minutes into the fourth quarter the Lakers took their last lead of the game.  A series of buckets from Quentin Brooks, Aquille Carr, and Shakir Brown would give the Clippers an advantage that they would hold on to to earn their  12th victory of the season.  The Lakers would have two opportunities to tie in the game in the waning seconds but they couldn’t convert and Patterson walked away with a 56-52 victory. Aaron Parks led the Lakers with 18 points in a losing effort.

The game didn’t take place in Los Angeles, but this was the Lakers verse the Clippers and this certainly was a high-octane rivalry between two teams who have put their city on the map.