They aren't necessarily doing it for the historical stats, like the fact the Broad Ripple Rockets have never been to the City Championship in back-to-back games. They aren't doing it for the notoriety that comes with a repeat, the trophy, or the patch that could on the back of the letterman's jacket.
The Rockets are doing it, and are one step away from winning the City Tournament, for their fallen teammate Steven Jamison.
"Last year, we lost one of our favorite players, favorite person in the world this year," said Patterson. "We're doing it for him."
Broad Ripple (13-2) took one step closer to the goal of repeating as City Champions Saturday night, defeating Manual (4-11) by the final of 66-51 to advance to the championship game. Manual gave Broad Ripple fits early and often, even taking the lead 33-32 early in the third quarter, but ultimately the Rockets took over the game.
"We picked up on the intensity on the defensive end," said Broad Ripple Head Coach Scott Hicks. "We were able to execute on the offensive end as well. We had guys coming off the bench who executed well, played well, gave us some energy, and our starters stepped up towards the end to finish it off."
Rockets Senior Lamont Pruitt continued his stellar play in the City Tournament with a 17-point performance against the Redskins, the type of game that Hicks is coming to expect from Pruitt.
"He brings a lot of energy and plays very well," said Hicks. "He was able to finish on the offensive end, and that's what we look for in Lamont. He knows his role, he understands his role, and as long as he continues to do that, he's going to play well."
However it was the Junior Patterson, the Indiana University recruit, who led the Rockets in scoring with an overall 22 points. The performance came to no surprise to Hicks, who is seeing Patterson grow as both a basketball player and person off the court right before his eyes.
"He's just matured," said Hicks. "He is really understanding of what we are asking him to do, and like I said he has taken a big leadership role in that. He's been playing that role very well, and he has great upside as well."
The upside is what Patterson seems to be working hard to improve in just about every area that he possibly can.
"My body-building, my jump shot, my defense, everything," said Patterson on what he has been working on. "I've been working hard this year, especially on my ball-handling."
It's this type of improvement, as the stellar play from his teammates, that has Patterson looking not just for the City Championship, but to add some more banners along the way.
"We can go very far in sectional play," said Patterson. "I think we can come out and win, and be at Conseco."
Broad Ripple will play Northwest (9-5) in the championship game on Monday night, who defeated Heritage Christian (6-5) by the final of 94-76.
Patterson scores 22 as Broad Ripple and Northwest advance to City championship
The Rockets (13-2) took the next step in defending their City Championship Saturday night, defeating Manual (4-11) 66-51 on Saturday night. Broad Ripple will play Northwest (9-5) in the championship game, who defeated Heritage Christian (6-5) by the final of 94-76.
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