Levu scored 10 points after the intermission and spearheaded the Tigers to a second-half surge for a lead of as much as 20 points late in the fourth quarter.
Senior Cariaun Williams of Patterson added 13 points and three assists, while classmates Justin Rodriguez and Michael Smith each had 12 points and five rebounds to help their team open the 2013-14 WAC campaign with a victory.
Patterson led the contest from start to finish, extending a 39-33 halftime advantage to 58-43 after three periods. Led by Levu's 10 third-quarter points, the Tigers went on a 14-2 run to open the second half and never looked back on their way to a home win.
Junior Kevin Phelps split a pair of free throws with 1 minute, 26 seconds left in the first quarter for a 14-point Patterson edge, but Livingston tallied the final five points of the frame to cut the deficit to 20-11.
Williams made a pair of 3-pointers during the frenetic second quarter, Phelps added a hook shot in the paint in the remaining ticks before halftime and the Tigers clung to a slim six-point advantage at the break.
Patterson steamrolled through the third quarter, however, and led by as many as 17 points twice in the period, before Livingston's Amit Sanini made a layup that cut the Tigers' lead to 15 entering the final frame.
Five different Patterson players scored points in the fourth quarter, including four points from Smith and the Tigers twice built their margin to 20.
Phelps aided the Tigers with seven points and five rebounds, and Mylek McDowell, a junior, added four points and two boards off the bench.
Patterson will continue the conference season at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, against Central Catholic High of Modesto.
Avery Dehoyos scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead the JV Tigers to a 81-33 blowout victory over the Livingston Wolves before a boisterous crowd at the Patterson High gymnasium.
Spirit Ricks had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Nana Appiah logged 11 points and seven boards and Patterson opened the WAC season with a home win.
Michael Lawson (eight assists) and Michael Moore each had eight points for the Tigers, while Kosi Ogbuli (eight rebounds) and Antone Bostic (four rebounds) both added six points.
Patterson toppled the Colusa High Red Hawks 51-37 to win the consolation game of the Escalon High Boys Basketball Tournament on Dec. 28.
Lawson had 17 points, including four 3-pointers, and Ricks added nine points and seven rebounds. Lawson was also named to the all-tournament team.
Appiah was the Tigers leading scorer in Patterson's 70-55 defeat against Beyer of Modesto on Dec. 26 -- the first game of the tournament for both teams. Dehoyos scored 10 points, and Ernesto Huizar had nine for the Tigers.
Lawson and Ricks combined for 29 points to lead Patterson to a bounce-back 70-33 triumph against Johansen High of Modesto on Dec. 27.
Lawason (five rebounds) led all Tiger scorers with 16 points, while Ricks (four rebounds) had 13. Moore dropped in eight points and grabbed nine rebounds for Patterson.
The freshman Tigers defeated visiting Livingston 38-27 Friday, Jan. 4.
Angel Rojas (four rebounds) scored a team-high 14 points, and teammate Tevita Kelepi added eight points and five rebounds for the Tigers. Ivan Ornelas (eight rebounds, three assists) and Pierre Williams (four rebounds) each recorded five points for the local squad.
Patterson beat WAC foe Los Banos High 43-37 to capture third-place honors at the Atwater High School Boys Basketball Tournament Dec. 28.
After trailing Los Banos by 12 points in the second quarter, the Tigers rallied to wrap up the nonleague portion of their schedule with a victory.
Patterson (8-3) was led by Ornales with 12 points, while Williams added 11.
On Dec. 27, Patterson lost to Buhach Colony High of Atwater 55-38. Williams had nine points and Marlon Cortez scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Tigers.
Ornales and Rojas had 11 points apiece to lift Patterson over Merced High, 54-42, as the tournament opened Dec. 26.
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