Patterson Mill used a 24-2 fourth quarter scoring advantage Saturday to win the Class 1A East Region boys basketball championship, beating visiting Snow Hill, 55-39, in front of a packed Patterson Mill High School gym.
The win, the second region title in school history, sends the Huskies (17-6) into next week’s state semifinals. The Huskies (17-6) will meet defending 1A state champion Fairmont Heights on Friday at 5 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center in College Park.
“24-2 run, holy cow,” an elated Huskies coach Jeroud Clark said. “I cant explain it, the reality is we’ve had those spurts all year long and that one just came at the perfect time.”
The time was a fourth quarter that started with Snow Hill leading by six, 37-31.
The Huskies turned up the defensive pressure and Snow Hill went cold from the field as well as the foul line, where they were 0-for-4.
Patterson Mill scored five straight points to open the final quarter, prompting Eagles coach Byron Arenella to call timeout.
Senior Max Elliott scored the next two baskets and the Huskies were back on top, 40-37, with five minutes remaining.
Rashawn Clowney scored the next two baskets and the Huskies quickly pushed the lead to seven, 44-37. Elliott added his final basket to make it 46-37 and the win was in sight.
Elliott scored eight of his 10 points in the final quarter. “Basically, we just knew we needed to keep running the court, we need to keep getting good shots, like layups off, and eventually our shots started fo fall and we play good defense,” Elliott said. “We had an absolutely great crowd and we rode that momentum and that energy.”
The Clowney brothers were also big in the final quarter. Rahsawn scored eight of his team-high 17 points, while Rashawd added six and finished with 12.
The game didn’t start off, too well for the Huskies. Multiple turnovers in the first quarter limited scoring as Snow Hill jumped out to an 5-0 lead.
Dale Harris, who was up all night with the stomach bug, knocked down a three to get the Huskies on the scoreboard. The Huskies added a free throw to close to within one, but Snow Hill scored the next five out of a timeout and led, 10-4. Harris finished with nine points.
Despite the Huskies offensive woes, they stayed in it and went to the second quarter, tied at 12.
Senior point guard Josh Rosling’s free throws gave the Huskies their first lead, 14-12, but Snow Hill answered with four straight to slip back ahead.
The Huskies, though, went on an 7-0 run, sparked by another Harris three-pointer. Elliott and Ahmir Felder added a basket each for a 21-16 lead.
Snow Hill closed the quarter with four points, but it was Patterson Mill leading at the half, 21-20.
The Huskies had a tough third quarter, much like how they opened the game. The offensive struggles allowed Snow Hill to open up an seven point lead, 32-25, which led to the 37-31 cushion through three quarters.
“We’ve got a lot of seniors and all of us want the same thing, we want to win that state championship,” Elliott said. “We’re gonna give it our all and give it the best we got and just hope.”
A-Monty Allen led the Eagles (12-13) with 12 points, while Ameer Fisher added nine. Jay Ayres and Zyaire Johnson added eight points each.