PATTERSON — The young hoops team at Patterson High had its ups and downs this season, but the Lumberjacks are gelling just as the playoffs start.
The ’Jacks will host Green Oaks of Shreveport Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs.
“We lost some games we wish we could have back,” eighth-year Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor said. “But, we are playing much better now, and I’m very pleased with the progression of our young guys.”
Patterson (16-6, 12-0 District 9-3A) has just two seniors on this year’s squad, Denzel Johnson and Deondre Skinner.
“They were both very good leaders for this team,” Taylor said. “They handled the responsibility really well.”
The ’Jacks put an exclamation point on the regular season last week with a second straight undefeated district campaign with an 85-24 victory against Erath.
Patterson, the seventh seed, won eight of its last nine games during the regular season.
Green Oaks enters the game as the 26th seed.
“They are a lot like us,” Taylor said. “They are very athletic and don’t have a lot of height. Their best player is Tre’davious White, who signed with LSU in football.”
White was the state’s top football recruit this season, according to several rankings outlets.
Green Oaks is well respected despite the 14-12 record. The Giants were picked as the area’s sleeper team by the Shreveport Times.
“We had a decent year, but we expected more,” Green Oaks head coach Joseph Anderson said. “We hit a rough spot, losing five games in a row, but we are playing much better now.”
The Giants’ only district losses, including a one point loss, came at the hands of Class 3A’s top seed, Bossier.
“Our district games are like playoff games every night,” Anderson said.
Green Oaks, the district runners-up last season, lost to Madison in the second round of the playoffs.
“Patterson is a team full of athletes,” Anderson said. “A bunch of football players playing basketball, and they want to run and dunk on you all night. So we have to play our game and not let the hometown crowd get to us.”
Green Oaks averaged 52 points per game in the regular season while Patterson averaged 61.
“It’s like playing a mirror image of ourselves,” Taylor said. “The biggest key to the game will be turnovers. Both teams play man coverage, and the team that handles the ball best will win.”
The primary ball handlers for PHS are point guards Larry Turner, Taylon Grogan and D.J. Jones.
Expect to see Skinner, Johnson, Turner, Nehemiah Augustus and Mykel Jones in the starting lineup.
Admission to Tuesday’s game will be $6.