The Tigers recorded both victories on the road, besting Orestimba High of Newman 89-33 on Nov. 27 and beating Valley High of Sacramento 64-57 on Thursday, Nov. 29.
“Our boys were eager to get the season started — we couldn’t have asked for a better start,” said Patterson coach Agustin Arreola. “The team played a selfless brand of basketball that I hope we will sustain throughout the season.”
Cariaun Williams (four rebounds, three assists) and Justin Rodriguez (3-for-6 on 3-point shots) each scored 13 points to lead a balanced offense as Patterson routed Orestimba.
“I was pleased with our ability to share the basketball and with the level of focus throughout the game,” Arreola said. “Blowout games tend to get sloppy with ill-advised shots and bad defense, but our kids never let up.”
Jordan Dinu (three rebounds, two steals) scored 13 points and Keegan Sanchez (seven assists, six steals) had 10 points for the Tigers (2-0) in the season opener for both teams.
“Unfortunately, there are only 32 minutes in a game, so playing everyone is one of the most difficult things for a coach,” Arreola said. “Fortunately, everyone played a good amount of time and excelled on the court.”
The Patterson team — which led 52-12 at halftime — shot 52 percent for the game, pulled down 41 rebounds and had 25 assists and 26 steals.
Jordan Levu (seven rebounds, five assists) and Mikey Smith (five rebounds, four steals) each netted eight points for the Tigers.
The trio of Levu, Rodriguez and Williams accounted for much of Patterson’s offense in the nonleague road win against Valley. Despite that offensive punch, it took a full-team defensive effort to pull away from the persistent Vikings in the second half.
“It was a tough and ugly win. Valley is a resilient team that we couldn’t put away,” Arreola said. “We didn’t show the same discipline and focus we displayed against Orestimba. We forced too many passes, rushed shots and lacked discipline on defense. Fortunately, we made enough plays to pull out the win.”
Levu scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the visiting Tigers to their victory. Rodriguez made four of his five 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points.
“Jordan and Justin could be the key to our season,” Arreola said. “They picked up the slack for a few of our key players who struggled to get going on offense. If they can play the way they did against Valley throughout the season, we will be tough to beat.”
Williams finished with 12 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals, and Avion Warmsley (five points, two rebounds) showed a strong effort in the victory, Arreola added.
“Despite struggling against Valley, the fact is we won a road game in Sacramento against a playoff team,” Arreola said. “Our kids should be proud of that accomplishment, while looking to learn from our mistakes.”
Patterson will continue the season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Pitman High in Turlock.
The JV Tigers beat Orestimba 71-54 on Nov. 27 and Valley High 62-35 on Thursday.
Damarrio Hammonds scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures as Patterson surged to a big early lead and cruised past Orestimba. Mylek McDowell scored 11 points and Robert Williams added 10 for the Tigers.
Two days later, Hammonds, McDowell and Gurkirt Heerey posted double figures as Patterson rolled over Valley.
McDowell scored a game-high 22 points to go with four rebounds and six steals. Hammonds (three steals) scored 14 points, and Heerey (nine rebounds) had 10.
Kevin Phelps added 11 rebounds and six steals for the Tigers (2-0).
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