Varsity boys basketball team wins state championship

Patterson guard Jalen Willis dunks the ball to help the Clippers win the State Championship (Photo: Mr. Scholz)

The Patterson Clippers varsity boys basketball team won the Class 2A State Championship on March 16, beating Wicomico by a score of 79-56 to secure the title. The game took place at the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is the third state championship Patterson has won, the most recent time having been just two years ago in 2017.

“We started out our game vs. Wicomico very aggressively, pressing and trapping them all over the court. In the second half, we were able to tire them out and extend the lead to over 20 points.”, Coach Harry Martin explained. “Wicomico was definitely a scrappy team that battled and played hard. Their coach has over 800 wins so we have a lot of respect for their program.”, he added.

During the game, Marvin Price led Patterson in scoring with 31 points.
Tyrone Thomas has the most assists (seven) and Marvin Price led the team with ten rebounds.

Holding the state championship trophy (Photo: Mr. Scholz)

“When the final horn sounded and I knew we just had won another state title, I felt a great sense of joy and accomplishment.”, Coach Martin recounted. “A lot of work goes in to being one of the best teams in the state.”

Patterson basketball player, Lizandry Nunez, also shared his reflections on winning the championship. “It felt great!”, said Nunez. “We got what what we worked hard for all year, at practice and at summer workouts. It was a relief to hear the final horn go off, knowing that we won.”

According to Coach Martin, basketball has become a year-round sport at Patterson. In order for our school to compete for a state championship, the team has to put in maximum effort all year to get better. The conditioning, weight training, and basketball workouts cover almost the entire year.

(Photo: Mr. Scholz)

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