The No. 1 ranked Patterson High School Clippers didn’t have any problems advancing past the first round of the Maryland Class 4A Regional’s, thanks primarily to sophomore sensation Aquille Carr, easily considered the best high school basketball player in Baltimore City.

Carr nearly recorded a triple-double of 39 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, helping Patterson blast Dulaney High School, 98-68, during the Class 4A North quarterfinals on Feb. 28.

Dulaney managed to keep the score close for most of the first half and only trailed 45-35 at halftime.

But Carr kept scoring and the Clippers eventually tightened up defensively, allowing them to run away with the score.

Patterson’s Rickey Meekins also performed well, scoring 20 points while Myrek Fowlkes followed with 13.

“We were able to force some turnovers defensively, Clippers coach Harry Martin said. “We wore them down in the second half.”

Patterson (22-1 overall record) now faces Perry Hall in the Regional’s semifinals.
Meanwhile, the Dunbar Poets (20-3 overall) also made it out of the first round after ripping Northwestern, 72-40, in the Class 1A South quarterfinals.

The Poets coasted to victory on the backs of Devante Wallace and Aaron Parham, who scored 23 points and 21 points, respectively.

“We played with a lot of energy,” Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones said. “I’m proud of how well we played as a team.”

Dunbar faces Fairmont Heights in the semifinals.

Unfortunately, not every high school favorite located in Baltimore City was able to have postseason success this week. St. Frances Academy, the No. 5 ranked team in the Baltimore Catholic League and perhaps the top Catholic high school basketball team actually located in the City, fell to John Carroll, 57-45, in the 40th annual BCL Championship game on March 1 at Loyola University’s Reitz Arena.

It marked the second time in less than two weeks that John Carroll (32-2 overall) defeated St. Frances for a title. John Carroll had beat St. Frances (18-7 overall) in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship on Feb. 22.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor