A deep run through the Maryland state high school basketball playoffs may be easier than expected for the Patterson Clippers of Baltimore, Md.

The top-ranked Patterson squad ripped Urbana High School, 93-54, in the 4A North Regional Semifinals on March 4 at Morgan State University.

No one has been able to stop Patterson’s star sophomore guard, Aquille Carr—not even Urbana, who eliminated Patterson from the state playoffs last year.

Carr scored 43 points against Urbana, the third time he has scored at least 30 points this postseason.

“We came out real angry from last year, so this game was all business,” Carr told reporters after the game. “We knew we had to get it done… I’m just happy right now.”

Patterson senior guard Rickey Meekins also stood out, scoring 15 of his total 21 points in the first half.

Patterson will face the winner of the Charles H. Flowers-Eleanor Roosevelt game in the 4A North Regional Finals on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus.

Meanwhile, the No. 8-ranked Dunbar Poets (22-3 overall) advanced to the next round of the state playoffs after edging Surrattsville High, 55-53, in the 1A South Semifinals on March 4.

Aaron Parham led Dunbar with 25 points. The team will face Owings Mills (22-3 overall) on March 12 at the Comcast Center.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor