’Jacks fall just short to Saints
Patterson’s Daylon Charlot, with St. Louis players around him, attempts a pass to a teammate. No. 7 Patterson was upset at home Tuesday by No. 10 St. Louis, 61-60. Charlot led the Lumberjacks with 25 points in the loss. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
It was a look they wanted. The shot just didn’t go in.
In short, that was Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor’s assessment of Taylon Grogan’s attempt at a game winner with seconds remaining in No. 7 Patterson’s 61-60 loss at the hands of No. 7 St. Louis in Class 3A regional round action Tuesday.
With Patterson trailing 61-60 with 10.76 seconds remaining, the Lumberjacks’ Nehemiah Augustus inbounded the ball and soon got it back before passing it to Grogan, who fired a shot that didn’t fall.
St. Louis (21-9) grabbed the rebound and was able to survive with the victory.
“We got pretty much the look we wanted,” Taylor said. “It was one of the options. We knew they were going to leave the ball uncovered with Nehemiah taking it out, and we wanted to set something up where we get it back in his hands and let him attack the rim. We let him know if they don’t cut you off, you got a layup. If they sag off of Taylon in the corner, you got that jump shot, and we had Daylon (Charlot) on the backside … if it was open. I trust Nehemiah’s decision making. He’s been a creator for us all year. The shot just didn’t fall. He made the correct pass. Taylan caught it … in rhythm. It just didn’t fall. It’s one of those things. It hurts. It hurts for the kids, but we got the look we wanted.”
Patterson (20-5), which suffered its fifth loss of the season, lost all five games by a combined eight points.
Despite the way the game ended, Taylor said the game was lost well before the final minute.
“It’s not the free throw (missed) at the end of the game,” he said. “It’s the free throws (missed) in the first quarter … When you lose by one point, it’s free throws (missed) in the beginning of the game, it’s breakdowns on defense, it’s missed opportunities, it’s careless turnovers. All those things come into play when you got a one point game. It’s not just one thing you can put your hand on.”
St. Louis coach Rick LeBato credited his offense in the second half, which consisted not only of 3-pointers but more drives to the basket for layups, and said his small squad did a good job of not letting Patterson dominate them completely on the boards.
“We did a good job of executing our offense in the second half, made some nice baskets and that was huge to get a little bit of a spread and get us over the hump and weather the storm a little bit,” he said.
Still, the Saints’ coach said his squad was “fortunate” to win.
“They’re very structured, and they do a good job,” he said of Patterson.
While the off mark shot left the Lumberjacks with a somber ending to their season as they were eliminated from the postseason, the buildup to the final seconds of the game certainly were exciting.
With Patterson trailing trailing 59-53 with less than two minutes remaining, the Lumberjacks used full-court pressure to force a turnover that Larry Turner converted into a layup for a 59-55 deficit.
Patterson continued to cut into the deficit with lay ins by Augustus and Grogan, the second of which tied the game with about 1 minute remaining.
On offense, St. Louis’ Kelvin Henry was able to draw a blocking foul on Turner at the goal and converted both shots for a 61-59 advantage.
Later when the Lumberjacks had the ball, during a play in which Jedrick Gunner missed a shot, got his own rebound and made a put back to seemingly tie the game at 61, with 26.02 seconds left, St. Louis’ Christian Fontenot was called for a technical foul for grabbing the net. The basket was nullified, but Patterson would get two free throws and would retain the ball on offense with 26.02 seconds remaining.
Grogan made the first shot, cutting the deficit to 61-60, but after a Patterson timeout, he missed the second.
After the inbounds, the Lumberjacks couldn’t get a shot up on offense, prompting Taylor to call time with 10.76 seconds remaining before the Lumberjacks took the game’s final shot.
While in the first half, St. Louis didn’t have many drives to the hoop on offense, they started doing so in the second half with great success. They also drew Patterson fouls.
“We knew coming in they had quick guards and they wanted to attack the rim and get to the paint,” Taylor said. “I was a little disappointed in our on ball defending … We had some break down and they made us pay for it.”
Trailing 30-29 coming out of halftime, St. Louis’ DJ Hardy connected on consecutive treys after teammates kicked out passed to him. His second 3-pointer with about 6:15 remaining gave St. Louis a 35-30 lead.
After a lay in by Charlot, St. Louis began extending its lead again, taking as much as a 52-42 lead before a Charlot bucket late in the quarter cut the Lumberjack deficit to 52-44 after three quarters.
While Patterson cut its deficit to 52-48 following a Grogan layup after the Lumberjacks’ defense forced a turnover early in the fourth quarter, St. Louis again got the lead up to eight with two layups by Henry, the second after St. Louis burned about a minute off the clock via ball handling.
After Charlot converted a 3-point play with 3:12 remaining, St. Louis again milked the clock, taking more than a minute off before Henry again converted a layup and was fouled on the play. He sank the ensuing free throw with 2 minutes remaining, boosting the St. Louis lead to 59-51.
St. Louis took a 14-13 lead after a period of play following Quinn Walker’s steal and layup with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter.
In the second period, Patterson edged St. Louis 17-16 in the scoring column for a 30-29 lead at intermission.
Henry led St. Louis with 25 points, while Hardy had 18 and Walker had nine.
Charlot led Patterson with 25 points, while Turner had 11. Other top contributors included Grogan, nine; Augustus, eight; and D.J. Jones, three.
Tuesday’s game was the final one for Patterson’s three seniors, Gunner, Dontrell Benjamin and Turner.
“I was proud of the leadership those guys gave us. They’ve accomplished a lot in their four years,” Taylor said of the team’s annual district titles and playoff appearances during their years at Patterson.
“Yes, tonight, the loss is going to hurt but they’ve done way more than just the shortcomings of tonight (and) of this year,” he added.
St. Louis will continue postseason play when it meets the winner of No. 2 Bossier and No. 15 Parkview Baptist. That game, originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, was postponed until today at 7 p.m. because of the cold temperatures Louisiana experience Tuesday.
Additional reporting by The Baton Rouge Advocate