Before last night's boys basketball game at Northwestern, Patterson coach Harry Martin told his Clippers that they needed a "signature win."
No problem. Senior captain Trevor Howze remained in his zone and the Clippers' 3-2 zone defense helped force 26 turnovers, as Patterson upset the No. 6 Wildcats, 62-47.
Howze, who made a school-record 10 three-pointers in a 63-47 rout of Western Tech in the Gilman tournament last week, hit nine threes last night for his game-high 27 points.
"I feel like I'm in a zone," said Howze, who is leaning toward attending Allegany Community College. "My teammates look for me and find a way to get me the ball. This is a big win for us. We've been waiting for this."
Brian Lewis and Coreise Bruce added 12 points each for the Clippers (6-2).
Martin's team went from 2-17 to last year's 8-11 and now this year's fast start.
"We're happy because Northwestern is defending city champions and we were on the road," he said. "Our program has been down the past several years, and I told the kids we needed to get a signature win, and tonight was the night, knocking off a top 10 team."
With their 3-2 zone confusing the Wildcats (6-2) at the outset, the Clippers took advantage of 15 first-half turnovers to take a 32-20 lead at halftime.
"This was a real surprise, and I think we were a little overconfident and out of sync," said Northwestern coach Doug Robertson, whose leading scorer, Warren Wright, tried unsuccessfully to return to action last night after sitting out a month with a sprained right knee.