Update: Patterson boys off to fast start in WAC
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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The Patterson High varsity boys basketball team began its regular season last week with a pair of victories over Western Athletic Conference foes, retaining its status as one of the teams to beat in 2013.

The Tigers scored a 62-47 win Jan. 2 at Central Valley High of Ceres and then controlled the fourth quarter Friday, Jan. 4, on the way to a 71-59 home win over Livingston High.

Patterson coach Agustin Arreola called the early successes a learning experience that should help the Tigers (13-4 overall, 2-0 WAC) in future games.

“Our players understand that we alone control our own destiny. We understand that it might take 11 to 12 victories in WAC to win league,” Arreola said. “(Last week) was the first step. We learn from our mistakes and build on our strengths as we prepare for a tough schedule.”

Junior Jordan Levu grabbed 20 rebounds and scored 19 points against the Livingston Wolves (9-7, 1-1) as his team recorded its sixth victory in a row.

Tied 47-47 after three quarters, the Tigers outscored the Wolves 24-12 during the final eight minutes.

Senior Keegan Sanchez (six rebounds, four assists) and junior Cariaun Williams (five rebounds, four assists) scored 15 points each for Patterson, who won for the 10th time in 11 games overall. Teammate Skylar Job, a senior, finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

“We didn’t play our best game, but we are starting to recognize our weaknesses,” Job said. “We need to be more active and pick up our defensive intensity.”

The Wolves jumped to an early three-point lead, but Levu and Sanchez each scored five points in the first quarter, and the Tigers closed the opening period with a 9-2 run to take a 16-13 advantage.

Patterson led by as many as six points in the second quarter, but Livingston rallied to take a brief lead before Levu’s putback at the buzzer gave the Tigers a 33-32 halftime edge.

A layup by Job near the four-minute mark of the third quarter pushed Patterson’s lead to 41-34. But Livingston outscored the Tigers 13-6 down the stretch in the period to tie the game at 47.

In the fourth quarter, Levu and Job rose to the challenge by scoring seven and six points, respectively.

“Offense comes and goes. The only thing you can control is how you approach the game,” Arreola said. “If we continue to raise our level of intensity, good things will start to happen.”

Patterson overcame an early deficit to beat Central Valley (5-9, 0-1) in the WAC opener for both teams.

“We were down 13-0 before scoring our first points,” Arreola said. “But once we made a few adjustments, including making a concerted effort to get the ball into the post, we took control of the game. Our ability to pressure (Central Valley’s) guards and take advantage of mismatches proved to be the difference in the game.”

Levu led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points, adding 16 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Job put up 14, including three 3-pointers, while grabbing seven rebounds.

“Aside from the disappointing start to the game, we were satisfied with our performance,” Arreola said. “Our players were able to make the necessary adjustments during the game, especially on the offensive end, where they got (Job) and (Levu) involved.”

Patterson continues league play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Ceres High (6-9, 0-2).

Junior varsity

The JV Tigers (2-0 WAC) topped Livingston 54-33, on Friday, Jan. 4.

Patterson’s Damarrio Hammonds recorded a game-high 18 points and tallied four assists. Mylek McDowell scored 10 points and made four rebounds and four assists. Devin Burnett (nine rebounds) and Gurkirt Heerey (four rebounds) each notched six points.

Burnett (six rebounds) scored 14 points, McDowell (five rebounds) had eight and Hammonds added seven as Patterson beat Central Valley 46-21, on Jan. 2.

Dylan Halland added four points, six rebounds and three steals for the Tigers.

Freshmen

The freshman Tigers outplayed Livingston on both ends of the court in a 64-38 triumph.

Leading the way for Patterson was Avery Lahoyes with a game-high 16 points. Adam Hansen scored 14 and added four rebounds. Richard Ricks tallied 12 points and seven boards for the Tigers.

Patterson also pulled out a 57-48 win over Central Valley in the league opener for both teams, led by Lahoyes with 19 points.

Michael Lawson scored 14 points for the Tigers, and Ricks tallied 11. Hansen had a team-high 11 rebounds for Patterson.

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

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