The City College Black Knights knew that to win their third straight Baltimore City Division I High School Basketball Championship they would have to stop the No. 1 ranked Patterson Clippers and sophomore sensation Aquille Carr, considered the best player in the city.
And for the entire first half, it appeared as if City College got the job done, limiting Carr to just seven points before halftime.
But City College couldn’t hold Patterson’s all-city selectee down for long. Carr made an instant impact at the start of the third quarter, stealing a pass for a layup and drilling a huge three-pointer that sparked a double-digit scoring run for Patterson.
When the final whistle had blown, the 5-foot, 6-inch Carr had scored 25 points in the second half, finishing with a game-high 32 points to help the Clippers run away, 75-59, for their first title in any sport since 1976.
“Coach Martin told me it was my show in the second half,” Carr said. “Like I said before, I got into early foul trouble, but he told me the second half is all mine.”
City College coach Mike Daniel said his players had intended to contain Carr as they did in the first half, but his talent simply took over the game.
“Aquille did what he usually does the whole game. You can’t stop the kid,” Daniel said. “He’s just a special player.”
Other key contributors for Patterson included sophomore forward Myrek Lee-Fowlkes with 18 points and Rickey Meekins with 13 points. City College was led by senior guard Nick Faust with 25 points, followed by fellow senior guard Mike Cheatham with 13 points.
Patterson advanced to a 21-1 overall record, 10-0 against Baltimore City opponents, and will join the playoffs for the Maryland 4A North region title scheduled to begin Feb. 28.