April 26, 2018

Boys hoops: No. 7 Patterson puts away Harford Tech, into Class 2A final

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COLLEGE PARK — Harford Tech came out of the gates fearlessly, knowing that in their first final four berth in program history they had to play loose, but with energy. It was the mindset of not having anything to lose, while feeling there was no pressure on them that allowed the Cobras to start the game so well.

It was all for naught, though, as Marvin Price and No. 7 Patterson outlasted the passionate play of Harford Tech, 69-49, behind huge performances in second half from Price (24 points) and 13-point performances from Christion Adams and Gerard Mongo.

“I think we had more experience,” Adams said. “They came out all fiery, but I think at the time we stopped it and played basketball.

In the first half, Harford Tech came out exactly like they wanted. Behind the play of jutterbug point guard Darius Dangerfield (game-high 26 points) and the sharpshooting of Dominic Webb (10 points), the Cobras caughg the Clippers napping and jumped out to a 15-12 first quarter lead. Dangerfield in particular was gaining more and more bravado as his shot continued to fall. After a 3-pointer that made the score 10-8 going Tech’s way, Dangerfield turned and shared some words with Gerard Mungo, who was defending him that possesion. Immediately afterward, Price and Mungo came down and responded with their own layups to end the quarter at 15-12.

“We weren’t scared of this game,” Harford Tech coach Bill Jones said. “When we saw who we’re gonna play, the boys got excited. They wanted this challenge.”

The Clippers started to play their game in their second quarter. Utilizing their size and strength, Patterson retook the lead on a 9-2 run highlighted by a Harrison Barnes 3-pointer that gave back his squad a 26-24 lead it wouldn’t lose.

The Clippers only allowed 20 points in the second half, in large part to them wearing down Tech possesion by possession despite the conditioning that Tech went through since prepping to play at a faster pace.

“It’s definitely bigger,” Jones said on playing on a college-sized basketball court. “I just think the second half, I kept the starters in a little longer. I think it might’ve been the size of them as well. It was hard for us to guard him (Barnes). Everytime we tried to guard him It seemed like our guys would get thrown backwards but not in a bad way.”

In the second half it was much more of the same between the Clippers and Cobras. Thanks to a renewed defensive effort to stop Dangerfield and Dominic Webb, Patterson stifled Harford Tech the rest of the way.

“I didn’t think the other three guys they had on the court could really hurt us to much,” Martin said on his defensive strategy. “I knew that (Dangerfield) and (Webb), if we could stop them we would be in good shape.”

During a 5-0 burst the Cobras were able to close the deficit thanks to a Jawaun Lucas steal-and-layup that made the score 40-37. That was as close as Harford Tech would get the rest of the game, as Patterson would go on a 12-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarter that would effectively shut the lid on any comeback big Tech thought it could muster.

For Harford Tech, despite the dissapointing loss, there is still a glimmer of hope for the future. A culture has already been set in place and according to Jones his players were already talking about weight lifting sessions when they come back to school next Monday.

“It’s now cool to go to Harford Tech and play basketball hereJones said ” Before it was everywhere else in Harford County. But now these guys are making it cool when we come back next year it will be even cooler”

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Brooks Warren is a Class of 2014 graduate of Albert Einstein High School. He's always been an avid writer and started doing his own sports blog, The Hop. As he works with Maryland Sports Access, he hopes to evolve his brand and create relationships that will help him go far in this great business. As a sports fan and former athlete, he has experience in wrestling, track and field, and basketball. Although track and field was his first love he has mostly covered basketball. He looks forward to dipping his toe in high school football and basketball, as well as collegiate basketball. He hopes to get into coaching and mentoring youth one day, and enjoys spending time with friends, playing football and basketball. He also volunteers his time at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church, helping out with summer programs. Warren currently attends Montgomery College and intends on transferring to Towson University in the fall of 2017, and has career aspirations of being an ESPN columnist and even being on TV.

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