Parkside Completes Epic Comeback Vs. Patterson
The Parkside boys basketball team defied the odds and fought their way to defeat Patterson 69-67. The Rams overcame a 9 point deficit with 4 minutes left to pull off the win.
The game began with a bang as Colen Gaynor came up with the steal, went the other way and finished with a huge one handed slam. Shortly after that, Dajour Diggs would get the ball on fast break, attack his defender and draw the and 1, and from that moment you know, the Rams were not going to back down.
But the Clippers are considered one of the top teams in the state for a reason. They used their size down low to battle their way back in the second quarter and would eventually take a 30-29 lead into the break. The third quarter belonged to Patterson as well, as they watched as their lead steadily increased heading to the final period. There the Clippers found themselves up 9 points with just over 4 minutes left and it looked like the game was over.
The Rams has other plans.
Diggs would come up with a steal setting up Gary Bridell in the corner, and he would knock down the three. After another Clippers turnover, Diggs was dialing it up from long range himself to make it a 3 point game. Bridell would then come up with another steal, and take it hard to the hole to draw a foul. The teams would go back and forth from there, after Gaynor would get a pull up from the free throw line to go to give his team the lead. Down 1 with 15 seconds left, the Clippers would run a rub ball screen, and get to the rim, but after missing the initial shot, Gaynor would fly in for the game saving block on the second attempt. Bridell would get the rebound and calmly knock down a pair of free throws to make it a 3 point game. The Clippers would get a good look for the tie in the corner, but the shot would go long, leading to more Bridell free throws.
Diggs led the way offensively finishing with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while Gaynor tallied 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as well.