Patterson gets by Albany

From Staff Reports

Patterson pounced on Albany 15-2 en route to a 67-50 bi-district playoff win Tuesday at PHS.

The 10th-seeded Lumberjacks (23-3) used their patented full-court pressure to unnerve the 23rd-seeded Hornets in the opening minutes. PHS also got back-to-back three-pointers from point guard Dylan Sanders and a layup from Tremaine Lightfoot to extend the lead to 25-8 at the end the first quarter.

“We knew coming in that we were going to have to play good solid defense and win the rebounding battle,” Albany coach Danny Kennedy said. “Unfortunately, they shot the ball well and we dug ourselves a big hole, and we just couldn’t get out.”

The Hornets made a run in the second quarter to close to 29-21 at 4:13, sparked by two three-pointers from Scott Hasson and one from Jamare Jackson.

Both teams traded baskets in the finals seconds with Patterson taking a 35-28 lead into halftime.

“We stressed all week that we needed to come out quick,” Patterson coach Ryan Taylor said. “We were able to hit some shots and get into our press, and it paid off. But we got outside ourselves in the second quarter and again late in the game, but overall we played well.”

Patterson missed free-throws on three, 3-point-play opportunities in the first half and were just 3-of-9 from the free-throw line in the game.

Patterson built a 17-point lead (49-32) in the third quarter after converting five consecutive baskets to open the quarter and extended the lead to 57-36 to end the third stanza.

PHS opened the fourth quarter with freshman Daylon Charlot’s one-hand slam.

Center Deondre Skinner fouled out a couple plays later, and Albany also got into the bonus with over three minutes to play.

The Hornets (17-12) scored eight straight points, capped by a Kendall Duncan dunk to make the score 65-48 with 2:56.

“Our young players made some mistakes late, but we also got solid play from a couple freshmen, Charlot and Larry Turner,” Taylor said.

Patterson answered with a couple baskets to put the game out of reach again.

Lightfoot led Patterson with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sanders had 14 points, seven assist and three steals.

“We knew they would be a little bigger than us but Tremaine (Lightfoot) doesn’t care,” Taylor said. “He just wants to play ball. He’s a warrior. And Dylan (Sanders) controlled the pace all night. He is so fast with the ball (that) it’s hard to press him. He has developed into a good point guard over his four years.”

Other Patterson scorers included Gino Hall, 11 points and three steals; Skinner, eight points and five rebounds; Charlot, eight points; Trevon Stewart, six points, seven assists and three steals; and Malik Garrett, four points.

Jasper Watt led Albany with 12 points, while Hasson had nine, and Jackson, eight.

The Lumberjacks will travel to Thibodaux Friday to face longtime foe and former district rival E.D. White. EDW, the 7th-seed, beat 26-seeded Caldwell Parish, 47-31, Tuesday at home.

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