Rodriguez's 28 points not enough in Patterson's loss against Riverbank
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Justin Rodriguez looks to the inside corner of the key while two Riverbank defenders attempt to stop the ball Tuesday evening, Feb. 11 at Patterson High School’s gymnasium.
Justin Rodriguez looks to the inside corner of the key while two Riverbank defenders attempt to stop the ball Tuesday evening, Feb. 11 at Patterson High School’s gymnasium.
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Kevin Phelps pushes the ball into the key in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game, Feb. 11 at Patterson High School’s gymnasium.
Kevin Phelps pushes the ball into the key in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game, Feb. 11 at Patterson High School’s gymnasium.
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JV coach John Wheeland allows his seven players a few moments rest during a timeout in the Tigers’ final quarter against Riverbank. Playing without three of its leading contributors, Patterson's JV boys basketball team dug in for a 63-52 victory over visiting Riverbank on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
JV coach John Wheeland allows his seven players a few moments rest during a timeout in the Tigers’ final quarter against Riverbank. Playing without three of its leading contributors, Patterson's JV boys basketball team dug in for a 63-52 victory over visiting Riverbank on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
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Patterson High's tandem of Justin Rodriguez and Kevin Phelps wasn't enough to offset the Riverbank High onslaught that was to come in the third quarter Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Rodriguez scored a game-high 28 points, including 11-of-12 from the free-throw line, and Phelps added 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in the Tigers' 66-60 nonleague loss to the visiting Riverbank Bruins.

Rolaun Dunham of Riverbank (20-2) took eight points into the third quarter with his team leading by two. He then put on a clinic of off balance layups and acrobatic mid-range jumpers, scoring 11 of his 22 points in the third period, as the Bruins pulled away.

After the Tigers (13-11 overall) pulled to within 32-30 of the lead to close the second quarter, Riverbank outscored Patterson 20-9 in the third period, including an 11-0 run to start the second half.

Dunham scored nine of Riverbank's 11 points during that stretch, including one of his three 3-pointers.

While Dunham was the catalyst for his team, Riverbank had much more firepower for Patterson on Tuesday night. Reilly Nabors finished with 22 points, and Ylli Lopez helped pace the Bruins with 13 points.

Rodgriguez (3-of-8 from three-point range) banked in a trey with 20 seconds remaining to bring Patterson within five points (62-57) of Riverbank, and teammate Michael Smith (11 points, five rebounds, four assists) converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 11 ticks left to cut the deficit to four (64-60).

But Nabors deposited a pair of free throws to ice the game, as time ran out on Patterson's comeback bid.

Rodriguez poured in 16 of his 28 points on 5-of-11 shooting in the first half, and Phelps had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and eight rebounds before halftime.

The Bruins -- the second-place team in the seven team Trans Valley League -- have won six straight games overall, while Patterson, who played Tuesday night without starters Cariaun Williams and Gurkirt Heerey, dropped their second consecutive game.

Patterson will play a Friday, Feb. 14 game at Pacheco High of Los Banos. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity

Playing without three of its leading contributors, Patterson's JV boys basketball team dug in for a 63-52 victory over visiting Riverbank on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

With a trio of their regulars moved up to the varsity ranks for the evening, the Tigers relied on their depth to defeat the Bruins in a nonleague matchup, thanks in part to a team-high 22 points from Kosi Ogbuli (9-of-11, nine rebounds) and 28 points from Avery Dehoyos (seven rebounds, five steals, three assists).

Hugo Gonzalez added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Patterson, and Ernesto Huizar had six points, four rebounds and three steals.

Freshmen

Patterson's freshman boys basketball team lost a fourth quarter lead and fell to visiting Riverbank Tuesday night 48-42.

Ahead 36-27 after three quarters of play, the Tigers were outscored 21-6 in the fourth quarter to see the lead and the game slip away.

Pierre Williams put up 10 points and collected five rebounds and six steals, while teammates Tevita Kelepi (nine rebounds, three blocks) and Angel Rojas (four rebounds, four assists) each chipped in seven points for the Tigers.

Patterson also benefited from six points, seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks from Marlon Cortez. Ivan Ornelas added four points and five steals.

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