The Tigers (21-6 overall, 10-2 WAC) made it look easy in the first quarter Tuesday, Feb. 12, building a quick 19-8 advantage in the opening period.
Senior Keegan Sanchez led the Tigers against Pacheco (11-14, 3-9) with 12 points and six assists, while junior Jordan Levu snared a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.
Sophomore Kevin Phelps and seniors Fernando Chavez and Richard Garcia each chipped in six points, while John Minton and J.T. Aguilar added five apiece for Patterson.
A ceremony honoring the six seniors on the team — Sanchez, Chavez, Garcia, Minton, Aguilar and Skylar Job — preceded the game.
Patterson finished the WAC regular season in second place behind Central Catholic High of Modesto (24-3, 11-1).
The No. 6-seed Tigers head back to the Patterson High gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to do battle against No. 11 Vanden High of Fairfield (17-10, 6-4 Solano County League) in the opening round of the Division III playoffs. It will be the first postseason boys basketball game played at Patterson High since 2008.
Central Catholic 75, Patterson 66
The win over Pacheco was bittersweet for Patterson, whose hopes of a WAC championship slipped away during a loss last week in Modesto.
After winning 13 games straight, including a 9-0 start in league play, the Tigers dropped their second consecutive WAC game to the Central Catholic Raiders 75-66 on Feb. 6.
Patterson had maintained a one-game lead in the league before the recent defeats.
Home victories for Central Catholic against Livingston High and Central Valley High of Ceres clinched a second-straight WAC title for the Modesto school.
Central Catholic’s 6-foot-9 post player, John Fenton, came through with a standout performance after being held to 13 points in the teams’ first meeting, a 68-66 Patterson victory on Jan. 16. Fenton gave the Raiders 22 points, 26 rebounds and six blocks Feb. 6, dominating in the low post.
Joe Hamilton was equally impressive, scoring a game-high 25 points for the Raiders, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while grabbing six rebounds.
The duo combined for 28 of Central Catholic’s 35 first-half points.
The Tigers played without Sanchez, a team captain who leads the team in scoring but sat out as part of what coach Agustin Arreola called an “internal team issue.”
Instead, the score sheet was filled by junior Cariaun Williams (three rebounds, three assists) and Minton (four 3-pointers), who scored 20 and 12 points, respectively, giving the Tigers the outside attack it needed to counter Central Catholic’s inside game.
Levu (12 rebounds) scored all nine of his points in the first quarter, and Patterson made five 3’s in the opening frame, leading by as many as six, 17-11, before the Raider offense got going.
Fenton and Hamilton scored the final two buckets of the first period, contributing to an 11-8 push by Central Catholic that tied the game at 22-22.
The surge continued into the second quarter, when the Raiders led by as many as nine, 35-26, before allowing six unanswered points from Williams in the final 90 seconds of the half.
Central Catholic twice stretched its lead to 10 points in the third quarter, but the Tigers closed the period with a 7-2 run to pull within six, 53-47, heading into the final eight minutes.
Phelps (six points) floated a shot over the fingers of Fenton and Williams completed a 3-point play as the fourth quarter began, bringing Patterson within 53-52.
But Hamilton again stepped up and delivered, scoring 10 points in the final three minutes and carrying the Raiders to victory.
JV: Central Catholic 65, Patterson 52
Central Catholic held off a second-half comeback by visiting Patterson on Feb. 6 to retain the top spot in the WAC.
After trailing by as many as 14, the Tigers (8-3 WAC) cut the Raiders’ lead to 45-40 heading into the fourth quarter.
But Central Catholic (9-1 WAC) outscored Patterson 20-12 the rest of the way to come out ahead.
Patterson’s Gurkirt Heerey finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Mylek McDowell added 12 points, while Devin Burnett (12 rebounds) and Damarrio Hammonds (six rebounds, four assists) tallied 10 and eight points.
Results for other games were not submitted by press time.
Freshmen: Patterson 54, Central Catholic 40
The freshman Tigers hadn’t forgotten their loss to the Central Catholic Raiders on Jan. 16.
They used a strong start to upend the Raiders on Feb. 6 in Modesto, easing the sting of Central Catholic’s previous league victory.
Kogi Ogbuli (eight rebounds) and Avery DeHoyos scored 13 points apiece for Patterson (10-1 WAC).
Michael Lawson put in 10 points, and Richard Ricks (eight rebounds, four assists) added eight. Adam Hansen tallied six points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Other results were not submitted by press time.
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