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Dragons claim Halifax Holiday Classic
SoVaNow.com / January 02, 2013
A strong, well-balanced Park View varsity boys basketball team upended host Halifax County to win the HCHS Holiday Classic basketball tournament in South Boston this week.
Park View is 11-1 after sweeping the two-night tournament. HCHS dropped to 6-5 with the loss.
Park View, which advanced to the finals after routing Roxboro Community School in the opening game Thursday, finished off the Comets with a 75-62 win in Friday’s championship showdown.
Park View junior point guard Kasmeir Johnson schooled the Comets. He finished with 28 points, while James Brown had nine and Dagarius Smith had ten.
Recapping the tournament final:
Halifax’s Dakota Delaware had 14 and Trelanne Johson scored 16 in the losing effort for the Comets. Park View controlled the tempo and led 40-19 at the half.
PV has a very good team with a sparkling record.
The agile Dragons created serious ball security issues for the Comets, forcing 28 turnovers.
“You just can’t win when you do that,” said Comet head coach Larry Epperly.
The Comets made a run in the third, cutting the margin to seven, before a momentum-changing technical foul. The lead grew back up to 11 after four Park View free throws.
“We never recovered from that,” said Epperly.
Park View led, 52-40, at the end of three periods. HCHS has had problems with turnovers all season, and the trend continued in the tournament finals. The 28 HCHS turnovers led to 24 fast break points.
HCHS also got hurt on the boards, with Park View getting three and four shot possessions.
In earlier boys’ action, Park View drilled the Roxboro Community School squad, 83-38 in Thursday’s semifinals.
The potent Dragons squad led 18-9 at the end of the first period and 43-23 at halftime. Park View really clicked in the third period, extending its margin to 70-30 heading into the final period.
Park View got scoring from 12 players in the win, led by Dagarius Smith with 25 points. The Dragons also got seven points from Kasmeir Smith, five from Nigel Stanley, nine from James Brown, four from Travon Preventire, one from Omonteez Davis, three from Noo Noo Patterson, 15 from Kaleb Johnson, and four from Justin Holmes. Jonte Harris also added four and Dionte Williams had three.
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