After taking down Waterford High and Excel Academy of Stockton, the Tigers completed a tournament sweep by defeating Pacheco High of Los Banos 68-52 on Saturday, Dec. 29, while running its winning streak to four games.
“Our mindset has not changed,” said Patterson coach Agustin Arreola. “Every time we step on the floor, we are looking to improve and compete. We are focused on starting the upcoming league season strong and earning a playoff spot.”
Against Pacheco, Patterson (11-4) built a 17-0 lead before the Panthers (8-5) got on the scoreboard five minutes into the first quarter with a 3-pointer from Daniel Marquez.
Junior Justin Rodriguez scored 16 of his game-high 18 points for the Tigers in the first half, including five 3’s.
Junior Cariaun Williams (eight rebounds) and senior Skylar Job (five rebounds) gave Patterson 10 points apiece, while Jordan Levu (18 rebounds), a junior, and Keegan Sanchez (seven assists), a senior, each added eight.
Levu and Sanchez also earned spots on the all-tournament team.
“Our job is to play hard. We take no team for granted,” Levu said. “We go along with the schedule. We know that we need wins to reach our season goals.”
All five Patterson starters scored in the opening period as the Tigers raced out to a 22-8 first-quarter advantage.
Rodriguez connected on four 3-pointers in the second quarter, helping Patterson to a 44-20 lead at the break.
Pacheco narrowly outscored Patterson in the final two quarters, 32-24, but it was not nearly enough for a comeback.
“We want to win every game — this win keeps us going,” Williams said. “When we play together, we’re better on offense. We just need to keep up the same intensity on defense.”
Four Tigers scored in double figures Friday, Dec. 28, as Patterson advanced to the championship game of the tournament with a 77-59 win over Stockton’s Excel Academy(8-6).
Levu led Patterson with 18 points and 21 rebounds, and Job, Sanchez and Rodriguez added 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sanchez made a game-high 10 assists for Patterson, while teammate Michael Smith (nine points), a junior, registered eight assists.
After leading by five (19-14) at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers surged ahead in the second, outscoring Excel Academy 24-10 as they increased their lead to 43-24 at halftime.
Levu and Job (3-for-4 on 3-pointers) each scored 12 points after the intermission.
“If we play our brand of basketball, then it doesn’t matter who our opponent is,” Arreola said. “We always have the same mentality: to go out and compete hard.”
Patterson earned a victory in the first round of the tournament Thursday, Dec. 27, topping Waterford High 81-35.
After a slow start against Waterford (2-5), the Tigers ended the first quarter with a 9-0 run and took a 13-6 lead.
Sanchez (20 points) and Rodriguez (10 points) netted a combined 18 second-quarter points, sparking a 26-10 run that increased the Patterson advantage to 39-16 at halftime.
Sanchez opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer — one of eight Patterson treys in the contest — and the Tiger offense kept Waterford at a distance throughout the second half.
Junior Jordan Dinu had 10 points and six rebounds, Levu had nine points and five rebounds, and sophomore Kevin Phelps and Smith (six assists) each had eight points for the Tigers.
“The players should be proud of their performance throughout the tournament,” Arreola said.
Patterson continues the season with a home game against Livingston High at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.
Thompson Chevrolet Holiday Classic
The Tigers finished with a 2-1 record against tough competition in the eight-team Thompson Chevrolet Holiday Classic at Patterson High School.
The team wrapped up third place with a 79-73 win against Beyer High of Modesto (7-7) on Dec. 22, rallying behind Levu’s 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Job scored 21 with five rebounds, and Williams had 13 points and pulled down two boards.
Patterson put together a hard-fought effort in the tournament semifinals Dec. 21, but a strong surge after halftime propelled Liberty Ranch High of Galt to a 73-65 victory and a place in the championship game.
Smith scored 13 points with six assists, Williams had 11 points and Job collected nine points and blocked four shots for Patterson. Levu added a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Tigers claimed a 71-28 decision over Millennium High of Tracy in the opening contest of the tournament Dec. 20.
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