PHS boys look back, then ahead
by PI Staff
Feb 23, 2011 | 1290 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
02-18-11--Patterson's #22 Andrew Bollock throws down a two handed slam dunk to help boost the Tigers' score during last Friday's 36-67 loss to the Central Catholic Raiders.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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The Patterson High boys basketball team’s streaky season of ups and downs ended cold Friday, Feb. 18, in the school’s gymnasium.

The Tigers (2-8 Western Athletic Conference) struggled on offense, falling 67-36 to visiting Central Catholic High of Modesto.

Patterson coach Steve Cardoso said his senior class of Jewan Jackson, Cody Weinzheimer and Rayjay Peralta has been through a lot over the course of the campaign.

“We wanted to finish the season on a positive note for our three seniors,” Cardoso said. “We’ve had an up-and-down year. But we’ve approached each practice and game the same all year long.

“Although we went through some spurts this season where we struggled shooting the ball, leading to some key losses, these guys have been resilient and have never quit.”

The Tigers relied on their seniors to pick up the slack this season, Cardoso said.

“Jewan’s been our go-to guy this season. He had a good year for us and the team really ran around him,” Cardoso said. “Rayjay was one of our senior leaders and did a tremendous job as the floor general on the court this year for us.”

The tough season will be a good learning experience for his returning players, Cardoso added.

“As far as the juniors and sophomores, (the game against Central Catholic) gave us one final game to evaluate our players and see how far they’ve come,” Cardoso said. “We’re excited about our off-season program leading into next season. We primarily have everyone coming back and a very good group of junior varsity players coming up.”

Junior varsity

The JV Tigers also wrapped up their season last week, splitting a pair of games.

Patterson dropped host Pacheco High of Los Banos by a 55-40 margin Feb. 16 before falling at home, 58-42, to Central Catholic High of Modesto.

Against Pacheco, John Minton led Patterson (10-2 WAC) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Keegan Sanchez tallied 15 points, while Terrell Gospel added 10 points and 12 boards.

Sanchez scored a team-high 12 points in the loss to the Raiders. Fernando Chavez added nine points, and Jordan Levu pulled down 20 rebounds for Patterson.

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