Patterson turned in a near-perfect performance on offense in the first half of Tuesday night's game at Edmondson. The Clippers controlled the pace, found and made shots from all over and scored 40 points.
Todd Closson scored 15 by halftime as the Red Storm could not stop him. Closson then came up big again after the Clippers faded in the second half on offense. He made four key free throws late in the fourth quarter as No. 13 Patterson held on for a 58-47 victory over Edmondson in a Baltimore City game.
Closson finished with a game-high 21 points and helped Patterson (8-3, 1-3) race to a 40-16 halftime lead by burying three 3-pointers in the first two quarters. But when Edmondson (8-3, 3-2) chipped away and cut the Clipper lead to 49-45 in the final three minutes, Closson answered again.
He first made two free throws before making a steal and getting to the line again. Closson hit both of those shots to put Patterson up, 53-45 with 1:31 left. Those made free throws proved crucial as Patterson went on a game-ending 9-2 run.
"We just kept pushing and [kept] our composure," Closson said. "It was kind of tough, but we'll get more confidence from a win like this. We just played well as a team."
Patterson coach Harry Martin had been concerned about his offense's inconsistency in the season's first few weeks. The Clippers didn't show much of that early, going on runs on 15-1 and 18-0 in the first half for their big halftime lead.
The second half, though, proved to be a different story as the troubles returned. Patterson made just four baskets in the final two quarters and needed to win at the foul line.
Martin liked the poise his team showed while Edmondson rallied in the fourth quarter and thinks his Clippers can learn from that.
"We held our composure at the end," Martin said. "[We knew] Edmondson was going to make a run. It's their gym … but I think we played with a lot of effort and passion."
Patterson made eight of 10 free throws in the final 3 minutes, 41 seconds to hold off the Red Storm rally. Richard Hibbert (11 points) and Chris Adams (seven points) both came up with a number of key plays on offense to give Patterson a spark.
Edmondson got points from nine different players, led by Demetrious Hoskins' 11-point effort. He was the only Red Storm player to reach double figures while Dontaz Dean added eight points.
Mistakes hurt Edmondson badly, especially in the first half, when the Clippers forced 12 Red Storm turnovers and often converted them into points. Edmondson finished with 23 turnovers and its last two, in the final 20 seconds, helped Patterson to three more key points.
Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler said the shaky first-half effort and 24-point halftime deficit just proved too much on this night. Still, he liked the way his team bounced back in the second half and made a game of it.
"I told them before the game [to not] come out flat but they [did]," he said. "I'm more happy with the effort they gave in the second half. I like what we did there."
Patterson 58, Edmondson 47
P-Turmon 4, Jones 4, Williams 3, Hibbert 11, Ross 5, Okoye 1, Closson 21, Adams 7. Totals: 19 16-28 58.
E- Morton 2, Dean 8, Calliet 7, Rose 5, Bowie 2, Brown 6, Hoskins 11, Holmes 2, Duckett 3. Totals: 13 14-18 47. Halftime: P, 40-16.