Warren East and Allen County-Scottsville squared off in a Region 4 matchup on Tuesday night in Scottsville, Ky. The Raiders and Patriots traded baskets and went back-and-forth throughout most of the contest and kept the fans, who filled up both sides of the arena, on their heels all night long.
In what would be a very intriguing high school basketball game, numerous players had big outings, but one athlete outdid the rest. Thanks to a stellar performance from TreQuon Patterson, Warren East escaped with a slim and hard-fought 60-54 victory.
- Most Valuable Player: TreQuon Patterson, Warren East — The versatile shooting guard and floor general was the Raiders’ main leader on Tuesday. The senior, who played in his very first game as a member of the Warren East roster after transferring from Warren Central and having to sit out due to KHSAA eligibility rules, scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting (64.7 percent) while also pulling down two rebounds. Patterson took control of the affair early by calling for the ball, catching it and cruising down the court to the opposite side to easily lay it in – and did that all throughout the night.
- Play of the Game: Patterson fast-break dish to Carter for layup, Warren East — TreQuon Patterson’s fast-break dish to Logan Carter was very easily the play of the game. Patterson intercepted an Allen County-Scottsville pass and sprinted down to the court and bounced pass the ball to the open senior Carter under the rim and the bucket gave the Raiders a six-point lead.
- Best Offensive Performance: TreQuon Patterson, Warren East — Patterson, as already stated, put on an impressive offensive performance. Patterson is physically gifted and was virtually unstoppable attacking the rim on Tuesday. He scored 18 of his 28 points all in the first half and helped give Warren East the lead at halftime. Patterson scored in a variety of ways including layups, free throws, mid range pull ups and even hit a pair of three-pointers.
- Best Defensive Performance: Jamison Richardson, Warren East — Richardson made his defensive presence felt all night long. The strong forward altered many shots without fouling. He also grabbed five rebounds in the game.
- Best Guy off the Bench: Brevon Whitney, Warren East — Although Whitney didn’t stuff the stat sheet with big numbers, whenever he was on the court as the backup point guard, he controlled the flow of the game. He worked the ball, set up opportunities for his teammates and followed head coach Brandon Combs’ play calls.
- Best Intangibles: Kerby Caver, Allen County-Scottsville — Caver’s toughness and competitiveness stood out all throughout the game. He possessed a high basketball IQ and made the right basketball plays throughout the game. Caver set excellent screens and worked the ball around the floor.
- Best Under-The-Radar Performance: Logan Carter, Warren East — Although a high ankle sprain suffered last week limited his minutes, Carter still fought through his sore ankle and played like he always has. He didn’t score like he usually does, which happens when battling an injury, but he hustled, played tenacious defense and helped get others involved.
- Best Underclassman: Adante Barber, Warren East — Barber, a sophomore guard, only hit a three-pointer, but he is the best underclassman on Warren East’s squad. Each game, he plays like a senior by knocking down big shots and controlling the tempo of the contest.
- Best Rebounder: Jacob Howard, Warren East — Howard grabbed four rebounds in this game, but he averages 10+ per outing. He made a pair of crucial rebounds Tuesday that set up scoring opportunities on the opposite end of the court, as well as offensive boards that gave his team second chances.
- Best Coaching Decision/Strategy: Combs to start Patterson in first game of eligibility, Warren East — The best coaching decision or strategy of the game was Coach Combs’ decision to start TreQuon Patterson in his first game of eligibility with the Raiders. From the time the ball was thrown up to the final buzzer, Patterson controlled the whole game and Combs has to be happy about his choice.