Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patterson Comes Up Big, Rallies Cooper Past Ritter

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patterson Comes Up Big, Rallies Cooper Past Ritter

Article excerpt

Sometimes, the hype falls short.

A record crowd of 11,270 fans showed up at The Arena for Thursday's 13th annual Coca-Cola/KMOX Shootout. They hoped to see some All-American splendor from big men Jahidi White and Andrae Patterson.

What they saw was some brutally physical defense . . . and another St. Louis Shootout loss.

Patterson, a 6-foot-8 Indiana recruit, scored 10 of his 17 points in the game's final 3 1/2 minutes to carry Abilene (Texas) Cooper High to a 52-48 victory over Cardinal Ritter.

Considered by some the nation's top senior, Patterson struggled much of the game. He hit six of 16 shots from the field and five of 10 free throws. His eight rebounds were little more than half his season average, yet he helped the Cougars improve to 8-1.

"There's a lot of pressure coming into a state where everybody knows who you are and no one has seen you play," Patterson said. "They want to see you do everything they have heard about. I wanted to do that. But I also was trying to focus defending Jahidi as much as I could. I knew if he started getting all the dunks that he can do, their team would get all hyped up."

White, the 6-10 Georgetown recruit, also went into the game considered one of the country's top 10 players. He scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds, short of expectations. Including his own.

"It's kind of hard to make everybody happy," White said. "It's just a game, though, and there are going to be more."

The last time two of the most celebrated high school big men converged in the Shootout, LaPhonso Ellis and Alonzo Mourning put on a show that area fans still cheer. Mourning's team from Virginia knocked off Ellis' East St. Louis Lincoln squad in that 1987 Shootout.

That trend continued Thursday, when St. Louis-area teams lost all four of their games against teams outside the area. St. Louis o is 7-28 in the Shootout against non-area squads.

Successive White buckets gave the Lions (3-1) a 39-34 lead early in the fourth quarter. …

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