While they improved in the fourth quarter, the ‘Jacks couldn’t catch up as they fell to New Iberia 48-39 in Saturday’s championship game of the Lumberjack Invitational.
“We let them control us on the offensive end too much,” Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor said. “They put a little ball pressure (on Patterson), and we took some bad shots and they did a good job of blocking out and getting the rebound.”
While Taylor said his squad has been able to make up for poor shot selection in previous games by grabbing offensive rebounds, he said they couldn’t do that against New Iberia.
“Give them a lot of credit,” he said. “They cause a lot of those problems.”
Patterson’s shooting woes started early as the squad was held scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the game.
Fortunately, when DJ Jones sank a free throw with 4:16 remaining in the opening quarter for the ‘Jacks first points, the squad trailed just 6-1.
However, Patterson managed just five more points throughout the quarter — three of those from the free throw line — while New Iberia scored nine more to take a 15-6 lead after a period of play.
In the second quarter, Patterson struggled to chip into the lead as both teams traded baskets.
Finally, a Patterson put-back with 3:27 remaining cut the lead to 25-18, but the ‘Jacks could get no closer as they went into the half down 29-20.
Patterson’s shooting woes continued in the third as the squad was limited to just four points, while New Iberia put up 12 to take a 37-24 lead.
However, Patterson came out to start the fourth looking for a comeback as shots started falling.
Within the first three minutes of the quarter, Patterson had cut the lead to 37-32, following a lay-in by Denzel Johnson.
However, New Iberia began to pull away with a three-pointer, but soon after, Rahmad Paul hit on both free throw attempts of a 1-and-1 to push the lead to 43-32 with 3:45.
“I was proud of the guys,” Taylor said. “They stayed with it. We cut it down. We gave ourselves a chance.”
Nehemiah Augustus was the lone Lumberjack in double figures with 14 points, while other top contributors included Johnson and Dontrell Benjamin with seven each, Daylon Charlot with four, and DJ Jones with three.
Patterson advanced to the finals by defeating St. Martinville Friday, 64-45, in one semifinal.
Charlot led Patterson in the win with 17 points, while Johnson added 11. Other top contributors included Deondre Skinner and Mykel Jones with eight apiece; Augustus, seven; Larry Turner, six; and Benjamin, five.
New Iberia advanced to the championship game after defeating Central Catholic Friday, 60-52, in the other semifinal.
Central Catholic falls in third-place game
Central Catholic fell in the third-place game at the Patterson Invitational with a 58-54 loss to St. Martinville.
The Eagles, who were down by 41-26 after three quarters, outscored St. Martinville 28-17 in the fourth quarter but could not come out with the win.
Josh Singleton led Central Catholic with 29 points, 20 of those in the fourth quarter. He had five three-pointers during the final stanza.
Other top scorers for the Eagles included Dontrell Brown with 13 and Tyler Hoffpauir with eight.
On Friday against New Iberia, Brown led Central Catholic with 20 points. Other Eagles scorers included Singleton, nine; Nick Case, seven; Lamar Grogan, six; and Brent Green and Hoffpauir with five apiece.
Berwick falls in
A big third-quarter effort helped J.S. Clark defeat Berwick, 52-34, in the consolation finals Saturday.
After both teams exited the half with Clark holding a 21-17 lead, the New Orleans-based school outscored Berwick 22-9 for a 43-26 lead after three quarters.
Clark put up nine points in the fourth quarter, while Berwick added eight.
Nick Osburn scored 13 points for Berwick, while Chaz Russo scored seven. Other top scorers included Devin Tabor with six and Nick Canty and Palmer Cox with three apiece.
Berwick advanced to the consolation finals by eliminating Loreauville Friday afternoon, 55-51.
Cox led Berwick with 23 points, while Canty also reached double figures with 11 points. Other top Berwick scorers included Russo, eight; Brandon Naverro, six; Tabor, four; and Audwin Williams, three.
In other tournament action in an elimination game Friday, Clark defeated Houma Christian, 45-38.