PHS survives road battle against Livingston
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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LIVINGSTON -- Patterson High's varsity boys basketball team pulled out a gritty 68-62 win on the road against the Livingston High Wolves in a thrilling battle between Western Athletic Conference adversaries on Friday, Jan. 17.

The game was a frenzied showdown, and no team led by more than eight points, but the Tigers distanced themselves in the final eight minutes, and never trailed in the fourth quarter.

"There wasn't much consistency early on, so it was frustrating at times, but we fought through the adversity," said Patterson coach Brian de la Porte. "At the end of the day, we control our own destiny with how we play."

Patterson was coming off a seven-point triumph Jan. 15 over the visiting Ceres High Bulldogs, that gave the Tigers (10-8 overall, 4-1 WAC) a 2-0 sweep in the league season series.

Two nights later, a howling mob of students and townspeople eagerly watched as Patterson engaged in its season's most compelling league contest, against the Wolves.

"We're doing a good job of going game-by-game, and not looking too far ahead," de la Porte said. "These are all must-win games for us."

Patterson secured a second rivalry sweep with a victory in front of a raucous, purple-clad cheering section in Livingston.

The Tigers were the better team at home earlier this season -- a 72-57 victory on Jan. 3 -- and followed that lead Friday night, shooting 54 percent from the floor in the first half, and 56 percent for the game.

Harmon Singh gave the Wolves a chance, but the visitors had one or two more answers in a grind-it-out clash on the hardwood. Singh, a 6-foot-3 multifaceted junior, powered in 30 points, including 18 in the second half, in his team's loss.

"We tried to defend (Singh), but he's tough -- I give him credit," de la Porte said. "He wasn't getting great looks but he was elevating, and he has long arms."

Senior Jordan Levu also had a highly productive game despite battling foul trouble most of the night, finishing with 12 points and 19 rebounds for Patterson.

Senior Cariaun Williams (two rebounds, two assists) scored 20 points to help pace the Tigers. Junior Kevin Phelps tallied 12 points and seven rebounds, and Justin Rodriguez chipped in 11 points and four boards.

Singh and classmate Anthony Deol combined for 17 points in the first quarter, and Deol's 3-pointer with 1 minute, 6 seconds remaining in the period gave Livingston a 19-11 advantage.

Patterson committed seven turnovers in the first eight minutes, however the Tigers trimmed the lead to four points on a pair of made free throws by Michael Smith and a reverse layup from Williams that made it 19-15.

With 4:55 left in the second quarter, Rodriguez put in a layup to tie the game 21-21, before Williams gave Patterson its second lead of the contest on a three-point play to take a 24-21 edge.

The Tigers led by as many as five points twice in the second period, but both squads scored eight in the final 4:07, and Patterson took a 32-29 lead into halftime.

Patterson used a 9-4 spurt in the third quarter, capped by a Gurkirt Heerey bucket, to take its largest lead, 41-33, with about five minutes to play in the frame before Livingston mounted another comeback.

The Wolves tied the score at 45 on a jumper from Singh, but Williams split a pair of free throws to give the Tigers a one-point lead (46-45) heading into the final eight minutes.

Singh's three-point play tied it 48-all with 7:12 left, but Patterson never relinquished the lead and shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to hold off a late charge by Livingston.

A week after the Tigers controlled the fourth quarter, and led the Ceres Bulldogs by as many as 10 twice in the final period to beat their WAC foe 49-40, the two teams faced each other again inside Patterson High's gymnasium.

The outcome was somewhat similar: Patterson defeated Ceres 51-44.

Williams led a trio of double-figure scorers for the Tigers with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Levu (15 rebounds) and Rodriguez (5-of-10) each added 10.

Patterson owned the rebound advantage by a plus-13 margin of 35-22.

The Tigers will continue the conference season on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, against Central Catholic High of Modesto.

Junior varsity

Four players on Patterson High's JV boys basketball team scored in double figures to earn a 73-37 triumph against the host Livingston Wolves on Friday, Jan. 17.

Michael Lawson scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished three assists for the Tigers.

Nana Appiah (seven rebounds) of Patterson added 13 points, while Spirit Ricks (10 rebounds) had 12 points and Avery Dehoyos (four rebounds) added 11 to help their team to a league victory.

The Tigers shot 67 percent (10-of-15) in the opening quarter, and 72 percent 18-of-25) from the free-throw line for the game.

Freshmen

Pierre Williams scored 17 points to lead the freshman Tigers over Livingston 54-36 on Friday, Jan. 17.

Ivan Ornelas (three rebounds, five steals) and Angel Rojas (three assists, three steals) both had 13 for Patterson, while Tevita Kelepi added six points, eight rebounds and four steals.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com

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