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Poly outlasts No. 1 Patterson in OT in city boys' hoops final preview; Perry goes for 21 points and 19 rebounds (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)

PERRYPHOTOS by Jimmy Fields Sr.

De'Vondre Perry had enough. With Poly High boys' basketball in an offensive malaise, putting it into overtime against Patterson Tuesday evening, the Engineer forward snagged a defensive rebound.

He pushed the ball upcourt. With Patterson defenders desperately trying to keep pace, Perry went into the lane.

Then...boom. Perry slammed the ball through the cylinder and was fouled.

"It changed the momentum of the game," said Perry. "It switched everything our way and knew it was our game after that."

Perry's 3-point play was the defining moment for the No. 4 Engineers, who went on to a 54-51 victory over the top-ranked Clippers in a Baltimore City Division I boys' basketball match inside Augie Waibel Gym.

Perry finished with a double-double 21 points and 19 rebounds for Poly (13-6 overall, 7-0 Division I) , which won its sixth straight decision. Sophomore guard Marvin Price led Patterson (16-3, 6-1 Division I) with a game-high 22 points.

In a dress rehearsal for the city final, Poly blew an eight-point fourth quarter lead before scoring the first five points in the extra session to win the battle of league's only unbeatens. The victory secured the Cold Spring Lane school's second straight title game spot.

Perry, arguably the area's best senior, willed the defending city champ Engineers, scoring eight points in overtime.

"I don't think the Cavs got to tell LeBron to go  get it. I don't think a coach needs to tell a big-time player he needs him to finish a game, it just happens," said Poly coach Sam Brand. "Other guys are ready to take if need be as well, but the best player on the floor needs to assert himself when it's time and that's what he did."

Perry, a 6-foot-6 forward who's verbally committed to Temple University, scored Poly's first seven points in overtime, giving the hosts a 47-41 advantage. The Clippers got to 53-50 with 36 seconds left in overtime, but Perry got the defensive rebound off a miss and was fouled with 23.7 seconds. 

He converted one of two free throws for a 54-50 advantage for the Engineers. Perry got his 19th rebound off a Patterson miss, but was whistled for a travel with 4.3 seconds left.

Poly appeared to set to pull away in regulation when Perry completed a 3-point play for a 38-30 lead at the start of the fourth, but Patterson rallied with 10 straight points, capped by Price's 3-pointer with 3:17 remaining. Perry answered with a basket and was fouled, but failed to complete the 3-point play.

It would be the last score in regulation as tight defense and poor free throw shooting defined the final three minutes. Perry opened the overtime with two free throws after grabbing a Patterson miss and was fouled.

Perry got a Price missed free throw and took it the opposite end for a dunk, igniting the home audience. 

"He raised his level," said Price. 

Price, a 6-foot-4 transfer from DeMatha Catholic, spearheaded Patterson's 10-0 fourth quarter surge with a pair of 3-pointers, but struggled from the free throw line (8-of-16). The Kane Street school shot just 13-for-29 from the stripe.

The Clippers had control early at 14-4 in the first before 14 straight points, capped with Demetrius Mims' alley-opp slam, surged Poly in front in the second. The Engineers maintained the lead until Price's 3-pointer in the fourth.

"This was a classic city big-time matchup, big-time players making big-time plays," said Brand. "When it counted most, De'Vondre stepped up."

Poly, which made history last season with its first city title, will get a chance to defend its crown in a couple of weeks. The Engineers have won 20 straight city league decisions since last season.

"It's going to be great to see history repeat itself," said Perry, whose team host No 13 Dunbar in the regular season league finale Friday, "so we have to keep continuing what we do best and stay us."

No. 4 Poly 54, No. 1 Patterson 51

Patterson - Adams 7, Clemons 5, Easter 3, Jones 7, Mungo 7, Price 22. Totals 17 13-29 51.

Poly - Perry 21, Mims 10, Ali 9, Jones 7, Walker 4, Mosley 3. Totals 19 12-20 54.

Patterson 14 6 10 10 11 - 50

Poly 6 16 13 5 14 - 54



Last Updated (Sunday, 19 February 2017 11:53)



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