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Dragons fall in regions to George Wythe, 86-75
SoVaNow.com / February 26, 2014First round action in VHSL 3-A Region tournaments began on Monday night with Park View hosting the George Wythe Bulldogs in South Hill 86-75.
Park View had several things working against them in the game, most noticeably the inability to hit first-half foul shots and a defense that couldn’t consistently control a powerful Wythe offense — two areas where the Dragons otherwise excelled the entire season.
Park View’s Kasmeir Smith led all players with 28 points on the night.
Wythe opened the game by jumping out to a 20-13 first quarter lead. The teams began play by swapping baskets. After Wythe moved out to a 5-2 lead, Smith launched a trey to knot the game at five.
Smith followed that shot with a deuce to put Park View up 7-5. But this would be the only lead Park View enjoyed in the game as Wythe went on a 13-6 run to end the quarter.
Smith drained eight points, while Patterson and Brown added three and two points, in the Dragons’ 13-point total for the period.
Wythe’s Maliek White and Brandon Holley, who caused Park View trouble all night long offensively and defensively, knocked down six and five points, respectively, in the frame.
As the second quarter opened, Wythe went on a blistering 10-0 run led by White and Holley. After a quick Dragon timeout, Wythe added five more points to run their lead to 35-13.
Park View got its first score of the second quarter at the 5:26 mark when Smith took it to the hole for a powerful lay-up. Park View put together a 7-0 run to get back in the game at 35-22, but Wythe responded with a Holley three-pointer.
Park View was five-of-14 from the foul line in the first half of play.
Wythe bested Park View 11-10 as the quarter wore down. Going into halftime, the Bulldogs were up 46-32.
Wythe scored 22 points in the third period and held Park View to 12 points. Wythe used a 9-1 run to open up a lead of 55-34. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 27 points, 61-34, before the Dragons got back on track.
But Wythe used a smothering defense and deep lane penetration to maintain a comfortable 68-44 lead as the quarter drew to an end.
Park View had its best offensive production in the final period. Down by 30 points, 85-55, with four minutes left in the game, the Dragons came storming back.
Park View closed on a scorching 20-1 run to get the game within 11 points. But it was just too little, too late — and in all fairness to Wythe, the final Dragon point surge came as most of Wythe’s starters had been taken out of the game.
The loss ended what can only be described as a very successful year for the Park View boys basketball program. Dragon head coach Ivin Parker said he was proud of the team and the effort they put forth — even with the loss.
“Early on we were a little tight but you know, we were like I think five-of-15 from the line in the first half and only down by 14 at the half. So that, combined with second and third opportunities they got at the goal hurt us,” Parker said. “But I wish them well; they (Wythe) are a great team.
Parker said at the same time he didn’t want to take away anything from the tremendous season the team had.
“They were first team to win the conference title and that will go down in history for them — Matt (Brown) scoring over 1,000 points in his career here. I think the kids have done well the four years they have been in the program and have put a lot of building blocks in place for the program to continue its growth. I’m really proud of the guys,” Parker concluded.
Park View 13 19 12 31
Geo Wythe 20 26 22 18
Park View: Smith 28, Brown 22, House 4, Patterson 7, Claiborne 5, Jordan 3, Cranford 2, Harris 1, Hughes 1.
George Wythe: Coleman 3, Hewlett 15, Holley 25, Durham 5, Peebles 1, Miller 9, Holland 2.
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