Kendall Patterson's Overtime Heorics Propel Devils
January 31, 2012By Denis Vass of Graham High School
After struggling through four periods and only scoring 6 ponts, Kendall Patterson caught fire and scored 8 of Graham's 12 overtime points to lead the Red Devils to a 66-61 hard-fought win over Jordan Matthews tonight in the Devil's Den.
The Jordan Matthews throng of fans, players, and coaches went absolutely hog wild at the end of regulation on what at first appeared to be a foul called against Graham with no time left on the clock. A jump ball was calld with 1.0 seconds remaing, and after a Jets time out, the ball was inbounded. As soon as the player touched it, he put the ball on the floor, the horn sounded and the red light on the backboard lit up at the same time as a whistle was blown by one of the referees signifying a foul on one of the Graham players.
The Jets faithful leaped for joy- a free throw would win the game. After a lengthly discussion, one referee declared the game was over, overtime was to be played, then all hell broke loose on the Jets sideline. Graham police was called in to quiet down the fans and get the overtime started.
Patterson stepped up and hit a pair of free throws, a three point bucket, and three of four more free throws to secure the Red Devil's 16th win overall and 8th in the conference. Graham stands at 16-7, and 8-3 in the Mid State 2A Conference with one game remaining next week against Eastern Randolph.
All the Jets could muster was Derek Hamilton's 7 points in the overtime stanza. The Jets participated in their second consecutive overtime game, suffering a double-overtime loss last Friday to Eastern Randolph. Jordan Matthews falls to 15-6, 6-4.
Justin Cousin led all scorers with 27 points. Cousin canned four three-point buckets. Kendall Patterson ended with 14 points, none more important then his three ball in overtime. Don Evans added 12
The Jets were led by Jalen Wiley's 17 points. Wiley scorched the nets for 15 points the first hal, and was shut down the second half. Derek Hamilton bullied his way in for 13 points, while Lamar Snipes added 12 points and Chase Johnson 10.
Graham's JV boys rolled to a 65-45 win earlier, led by Tyrick Gattis, who scord 14 points. Romeo Ferguson added 11. The Devil Pups improved to 14-7, 6-5.
Jordan Matthews Lady Jets improved to 21-0 with a 74-39 romp over the Lady Devils. Mylin Garner ld Jordan Matthews (21-0, 10-0) with 23 points, while Aquilla Mateen added 15.
Caroline Enoch once again carried the Lady Devils (11-11, 6-5), tallying 16 points. Graham has now lost five straight games.
Graham has a week to prepare for Senior Night on February 7th against Eastern Randolph.