Patterson plans to keep the pressure on during their 2012 playoff run.
The 10th-seeded Lumberjacks will host 23rd-seed Albany Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the bi-district round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Patterson (22-3, 12-0 District 9-3A) has used its depth and full-court pressure to rattle opponents all season.
“We will continue to do what we’ve done all season,” Patterson coach Ryan Taylor said. “From what I hear, Albany has decent size and they’re pretty athletic, but they’re not very deep. So we will try to make them play our tempo and wear them down in the second half.”
The Wolves (17-11, 6-4 District 8-3A) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 72-40 victory against Independence in the season finale.
“They are a very well-coached team that will not beat themselves,” Taylor said. “We are just going to get after them and see what we can do.”
PHS concluded the regular season with a 62-41 beat-down of Erath. The ’Jacks outscored the Bobcats in every quarter except the fourth.
Trevon Stewart led Patterson with 14 points, while Tremaine Lightfoot added 11. Other PHS scorers included Gino Hall, nine; Dylan Sanders, six; Traylon Jennings, five; Jedrick Gunner and Sherman Edwards, four each; and Deondre Skinner and Shelby Lavergne, two apiece.
“Our strength is our depth,” Taylor said. “These guys have played together for a while, and they understand that we are best as a team. We don’t have one guy scoring 20 points per game, but on any given night, any of these kids can.”
Skinner is the team’s leading scorer this season, averaging 10.2 points per game, followed by Lightfoot at 8.7 ppg; Sanders 8.1 ppg; Stewart 6.5 ppg; Denzel Johnson 6 ppg and Hall 5.8 ppg.
If there is any knock on the ’Jacks, it’s the lack of height in the post.
“We don’t have a lot of size, but we have a couple kids with decent size that will battle anyone on the boards,” Taylor stressed.