Clippers’ comeback falls short in I-95 Elite High School Challenge

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Patterson point guard Aquille Carr scored 36 points in a thriller against Lincoln (N.Y.) High School. The Clippers lost in overtime, 71-66. Photo by Jason Butt

TOWSON—For a moment, it looked like Patterson junior point guard Aquille Carr was going to get the Clippers a come-from-behind win over national power Lincoln (N.Y.)

The game was tied with eight seconds left, after Clippers forward Shakir Brown hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to tie the game up at 63-63. Following a timeout, Lincoln inbounded the ball and crossed the court. Carr stole the ball, but turned to fire a prayer from half court too soon.

The ball fell short and bounced out of bounds with 1.1 seconds left. The game ended up in overtime, which Patterson ended up losing 71-66. Carr did his part though, scoring 36 points in the losing effort. Myrek Lee-Fowlkes added 15 points in a thrilling contest.

“I just didn’t think we played smart basketball down the stretch in certain possessions,” Patterson coach Harry Martin said. “There were several possessions we could’ve gotten better shots. We forced some shots. Lincoln battled and we battled, but in the end I think we gave them too many opportunities and we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”

Lincoln sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead battled Carr to the tune of 23 points. The Railsplitters (5-0) led for all but two times against Patterson, with Whitehead putting his team back on top both times after falling behind.

The first time Patterson (4-1) held a lead was at the 1:42 mark in the second quarter, when Carr hit his fourth consecutive free throw to put the Clippers ahead 29-28. On Lincoln’s next possession, Whitehead hit a 3 to put the Railsplitters up 31-29.

Lincoln held the lead again until the 1:07 mark in the fourth quarter, when Lee-Fowlkes hit the two free throws to put the Clippers up 60-59. But there was Whitehead again, hitting a quick bucket to Lincoln up 61-60.

“It was a hard win, to come down to Maryland in their guys’ house,” Lincoln coach Dwayne Morton said.

Lincoln added two free throws to go up 63-60 with 29 seconds left. With one last chance to tie, the Clippers found Brown on the right wing. Brown dealt with foul trouble, which limited his minutes. But he hit the biggest shot of the night for the Clippers to keep the game alive.

But Whitehead and the Railsplitters controlled the overtime period by lengthening each possession in search of a good shot. Lincoln scored the period’s first six points before Carr hit a bucket and an ensuing free throw to cut Lincoln’s lead to 69-66 with 43 seconds to go.

Two free throws from Lincoln guard Dashawn Suber iced the game for the Railsplitters.

“I’d rather play them than beat another team by 40,” Martin said. “They’re the No. 1 team in the state of New York for a reason.”

The loss was Patterson’s first of the season. The Clippers went on to defeat W.E.B. DuBois last Friday 76-36, upend Mervo 66-27 last Tuesday, and beat seventh-ranked City College, 69-58.

by Jason Butt

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