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Running through the record book

Junior Patrick Gonzalez has flourished as the spearhead of Providence High's fast-paced, high-scoring offensive attack

February 06, 2011|By Jeff Tully,
  • Providence High shooting guard Patrick Gonzalez.
Providence High shooting guard Patrick Gonzalez. (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

Many basketball coaches would be livid if one of their players hoisted up 30 to 40 shots a game. However, Providence High boys' Coach Carey Many encourages his players to shoot at will.

Many has instituted a scheme that has the Pioneers running an up-tempo, run-and-gun style of offense. The game plan calls for players to take a shot whenever they're open — preferably from three-point range.

"It was kind of by necessity that I've gone with this type of offense," Many said. "We are small, and we know we aren't going to get many points down low. I had to find something that was up-tempo and gave us more opportunities to shoot [three-pointers]. We tell the guys the first open shot they see they should shoot."

The style has allowed the Pioneers to put up big offensive numbers this season, as the team is averaging nearly 77 points a game.


But no one has benefited from the system more than junior Patrick Gonzalez. Gonzalez has obliterated school records, ranks at the top in California in scoring average and three-pointers made and has put up eye-popping offensive numbers.

Gonzalez said although the style of play has taken some getting used to, he enjoys being a part of it.

"It's definitely different. But it's also been a lot of fun," Gonzalez said. "The offense is pretty easy, you just shoot the ball. And it's fun to make the threes."

According to, Gonzalez is No. 1 in the state in scoring with a 37.7 points-per-game average. In addition, he is also first in three-pointers made, averaging an even six per game.

He has had games in which he has scored 52, 50, 48, 49 and 47 points. His season-low in scoring is 13 — in a 60-57 loss to Pilibos — and his next-lowest result is 24 points.

When he's in the heat of the game, Gonzalez said he sometimes doesn't even realize how many points he's scored. And when he walks off the floor and is told of his accomplishment, he is often surprised.

"At the time, it really doesn't feel like I'm scoring that many points," he said. "And when they tell me how many I've scored, I'm like, 'Really?' Sometimes I can't believe it."

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