Patterson boys use late surge to beat Century for 2A title

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The Patterson boys basketball team took control late to win its second state championship.

Patterson boys basketball coach Harry Martin won his 200th career game in the Clippers' Class 2A state semifinal victory over Harford Tech on Friday night.

It's the Clippers' victory Saturday, however, that Martin and his players will likely remember more.

No. 2 Patterson topped No. 13 Century, 49-43, in the Class 2A state championship game at Xfinity Center to give the Clippers their second title and first 2012.

Century (23-3) led by a point with 6:11 remaining, but the Baltimore City champions outscored the Knights the rest of the way to prevail. The win ended Century's 21-game winning streak.

"You come down here and they don't give away state championships," Martin said. "It's not easy. You have to battle and fight. We battled and did enough."

Patterson sophomore point guard Gerard Mungo had a game-high 19 points and three assists. Christion Adams added 13 points and Marvin Price scored 12 for the Clippers, who finish the season with a 26-3 record.

Century senior point guard Zach Tucker scored a team-high 16 points after finishing with 34 in the Knights' 70-61 state semifinal win over Central of Prince George's County on Friday. He made only three of 18 field goals against the Clippers, but sank eight of nine three throws.

Senior forward Chris Norman totaled 12 points and eight rebounds for Century, which shot 35.1 percent (13-for-37) from the field.

"A couple of shots here and there and maybe the outcome is different," Century coach George Wunder said. "But I am really proud of our effort. We are walking away with our heads held high."

The third quarter was scoreless until Jones hit a jumper three minutes into it to make it 24-21 for Patterson.

The Knights received a scare when Tucker came out of the game with 4:17 left in quarter after a collision with a Patterson player on his way to the basket.

He came back in 13 seconds later.

Century went scoreless for about the first five minutes of the third, missing its first five shots, before senior reserve guard Ashley Roberts made consecutive 3-pointers to tie it at 27. A pair of Tucker free throws with 1:30 remaining gave Century its first advantage, 29-27, since late in the first quarter.

Patterson, however, closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to give the Clippers a 32-29 bulge.

Century went ahead, 33-32, for only the third time in the game with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter on four straight free throws.

But Patterson used a 7-0 run over the next 4:01 to take the lead for good.

Rolfes drained a 3-pointer with 1:56 left to cut the deficit to 39-36, but the Knights didn't get any closer.

The Clippers made nine free throws in the last 1:38 to secure the title and Mungo hit six of them.

Patterson started fast to open the game. Adams gave his team a 4-0 lead on a putback and layup in the first 1:26.

But Tucker sank two free throws and drained a 3-pointer to trim the lead to 6-5 with 5:45 remaining in the quarter.

Century went ahead for the only time in the period, 13-10, on Adam Rolfes' 3-pointer, but Patterson closed the quarter on back-to-back 3s from Jones and Marvin Price to make it 18-13 at the end of the first.

Norman scored Century's first six points in the second quarter, all on layups, as Patterson held a 20-19 advantage with 4:02 to go in the period. He had eights points in the quarter and 10 in the first half.

The Clippers led 22-21 at the intermission and Adams had eight points.

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