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Patterson to host Richwood in Class 3A Regional Round
The No. 8 Patterson Lumberjacks will continue postseason play Tuesday when they host No. 9 Richwood in Class 3A Regional Round playoff action at 6 p.m.
In Richwood (23-9), Patterson (24-10) will be facing a team that is a mirror-image, Patterson Coach Edwin Colbert said Sunday.
“They’ve got some really good athletes, some inside presence, so it’s going to be a real interesting game because it’s evenly matched up this week,” Colbert said.
Colbert said Richwood has depth, too, noting they play 14-15 players. The Rams advanced to round two after defeating No. 24 Glen Oaks 98-67 in the first round.
He said defensively, the Rams like to use a full-court press and bring two people to the ball.
Richwood’s guards are about 6-feet, 2-inches to 6-feet, 3-inches tall, but the squad doesn’t have the typical big post player that Colbert said he is used to seeing from them.
“I’m used to Richwood having 6-7, 6-8 bigs, but their bigs, they’re all predominately football players, standing 6-3 about 230 size but they play well together,” he said.
Colbert said Tuesday’s game would come down which team executes their game plan, limits turnovers and makes free throws.
Patterson enters the game with an eight-game winning streak, while Richwood has won three straight.
In round one, Patterson overwhelmed Kaplan with its aggressive defense and quickness to the ball, which helped them jump out to a 20-6 lead after a quarter to put the game away in an eventual 68-35 victory.
“Our coach stresses a lot of defense, so we just came out, played hard defense and got easy steals,” Patterson sophomore K.J. Paul said. “That’s what helped our energy.”
Because it is the higher seed, Patterson will host. It’s something that senior Elijah Williams says is an advantage.
“It’s huge to play it at home, because we’re familiar with the goals, the rims,” Williams said. “Our fans always bring a lot of energy, so it will be a hostile environment for Richwood coming into the game.”
It’s also another opportunity for the Patterson senior class to have another home game, too.
“It’s a huge opportunity, because this could be my last game and to play it at home, it would be great in front of my fans,” Williams said.
The winner of the Richwood/Patterson matchup will meet the winner of the contest between No. 1 Bossier and No. 17 Crowley later this week.