'Jacks hold off Green Oaks, 61-49
The Daily Review photo, Courtney Darce
By CORWIN MURRAY
PATTERSON — Patterson jumped out to an early lead and held on to beat Green Oaks of Shreveport, 61-49, Tuesday to advance to the second-round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Patterson (17-6), the seventh seed, stormed out to a 7-0 lead, forcing Green Oaks (14-13) to take an early timeout. The Lumberjacks led 15-8 after the first quarter.
“We have no excuse for the slow start,” Green Oaks head coach Joseph Anderson said. “We’ve been in the second and third rounds of the playoffs every year.”
Both teams settled down in the second quarter and began to trade baskets. But Patterson went on another run in the final two minutes to grab a 32-22 halftime lead.
Deondre Skinner led the ’Jacks with 11 first-half points while Daylon Charlot had five.
LSU football signee Tre’davious White led Green Oaks with eight.
The state’s top rated football prospect, according to several outlets, proved to be a handful on the basketball court as well.
White got going early in the third quarter with seven quick points.
Patterson went to full-court man-to-man defense on White with Charlot and Mykel Jones alternating on him.
“He has been the heart and soul of this squad for four years,” Anderson said. “He’s a hell of an athlete, he never takes a play off and he gives 110 percent. If I had five like him, we wouldn’t be going out with an ‘L’ tonight. They had more athletes.”
Patterson was well aware of White’s hardwood skills.
“Anytime you are dealing with an athlete like him you’re not gonna take him out of the game,” Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor said. “He’s so athletic, so fast, and he can get his own shot. He does a lot of things well on the basketball court. The report I got was that he’s a football player playing basketball; no, he’s a basketball player. He was a tough matchup for us, but our kids did well.”
White led the Giants with 24 points, but Patterson extended its lead to 45-30 at the end of the third quarter.
Skinner, a University of Houston football signee, also showed his hoops skills. He scored seven points in the third quarter en route to a Lumberjack-high 21.
“He had a big game tonight, and I expected it,” Taylor said. “He had his best practices of the year on Sunday and Monday. We knew he would be a tough matchup for them.”
Patterson led 53-38 with just less than five minutes to play in the game when Green Oaks (14-13) started intentional fouling. The Giants also went to full-court pressure.
Green Oaks forced four Patterson turnovers and cut the lead to 53-43 with 2:29 to play.
“We kind of got in foul trouble, so we got out of the press, and we had some bad turnovers offensively and they made a little run,” Taylor said.
Green Oaks, the 26th seed, pulled to seven at 55-47 with 1:30 to play before Patterson point guard Larry Turner stopped the run with a running one-hander at the 1:17 mark.
Patterson forced three straight Giants turnovers and Skinner converted under the basket for a 57-47 lead with 54 seconds to play.
The ’Jacks made their free throws down the stretch, and Charlot hit a basket to put the game out of reach.
Other top scorers for Patterson in Tuesday’s victory were Charlot, nine; Turner, eight; Nehemiah Augustus, six; Denzel Johnson, Taylan Grogan and Jedrick Gunner, four; and Mykel Jones, three.
Patterson will travel to Baton Rouge Friday to face Parkview Baptist. A time for Friday’s game has not been set. Parkview, the No. 23 seed, upset Westlake, the No. 10 seed, on the road Tuesday, 50-39.
“We’re gonna go back to practice tomorrow, make some corrections and get ready to play again,” Taylor said after Tuesday's game.