Jalen Patterson

SVC MVP Jalen Patterson goes up for a shot in the Hawks’ Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game on Feb. 27.

Ending his final league season at the top of the league’s scoring leaders and at the top of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s scoring list for the 2019-20 boys basketball season, Jalen Patterson earned another honor as he was voted as the Sierra Valley Conference MVP.

Patterson, who finished his high school career scoring 2,933 points as a Liberty Ranch Hawks, was one of two Hawks to make the All-league list. Freshman Cody Smith was also named All-League.

Patterson led all SJS scorers this season after scoring 928 points. He finished the season as the seventh-highest scorer in the state, averaging 28.1 points per game and was the Hawks’ leader in rebounds (217), assists (208), was second with 76 steals and second in blocks with 18.

Patterson, who also earned league MVP last season, and Smith tied for fourth in the SVC in rebounds, with an average of 6.6 per game.

In league games this season, Patterson averaged 30.5 points per game and scored 305 in 10 SVC games. He and Smith also had two double-doubles apiece to tie for third-best in the league.

Smith was ninth in the league with an average of 9.1 points per game in 10 games; overall, Smith was the third-leading scorer among the Hawks with a season average of nine points per game.

The duo helped the Hawks finish the SVC season with a 7-3 record, as well as reaching the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game, as well as the CIF Nor Cal tournament.

Patterson had played varsity since his freshman year; he scored 537 points that year and led the team with 130 assists. As a sophomore, he led the team with 729 points and 143 assists, and in his junior year, Patterson averaged a team-leading 23.1 points per game and six assists per game.

Union Mine’s Ryan Williams was named Coach of the Year.