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Patterson gets Brooklyn Center rolling in victory over Breckenridge

By MATT STEICHEN, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/21/18, 7:30PM CDT

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The Centaurs' Lu’cye Patterson scored a game-high 25 points in a 63-48 victory in the Class 2A quarterfinals.


Brooklyn Center's Lu'cye Patterson (25) attempted a shot in the second half against Breckenridge. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Brooklyn Center used an early 18-4 run to separate itself from Breckenridge in a 63-48 victory in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament Wednesday at Williams Arena.

The No. 2-seed Centaurs (22-8) never trailed in their first state tournament game since 1983.

“With the schedule we play, we’ve been through these kind of big games, so that didn’t faze them,” Brooklyn Center coach Matthew McCollister said. “The other thing is we start three sophomores and they don’t know to be scared. They just go out there and play.”

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Brooklyn Center used an early 18-4 run to separate itself from Breckenridge in a 63-48 victory in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament Wednesday at Williams Arena.

The No. 2-seed Centaurs (22-8) never trailed in their first state tournament game since 1983.

Brooklyn Center’s Lu’cye Patterson had his way both on the perimeter and in the paint en route to a game-high 25 points.

The sophomore gave the Centaurs the lead for good with a three-pointer on the second trip down the floor. He followed that up by scoring baskets in the post, on dribble drives and after offensive rebounds, all in the first 10 minutes, to help stretch his team’s lead to 20-6.

Brooklyn Center’s defense pestered Breckenridge from the start. The Cowboys (25-6) shot 32 percent from the field, including 28 percent in the first half, and finished with 18 turnovers. 

Check back later for more on the game.

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