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SoVaNow.com / January 09, 2013The Park View Dragons gave defending Group 2A state champions Brunswick a run for the money Friday night, but after two quarters of hard-fought action the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for a 67-49 victory on their home floor.
With the loss, the Dragons fell to 10-2 on the season, 0-1 in the Southside District, with games this week against league foes Prince Edward and Greensville.
Brunswick improved to 10-1 overall, 2-0 in the Southside District.
The Dragons kept the score close in the first half but ultimately were unable to stop the Stiths — Isreal and Brandon — who scored 29 and 21 points, respectively, to help the Bulldogs pull away after halftime.
Isreal Stith nailed seven three-point baskets as he had a career-best game for Brunswick.
The Dragons held a 32-31 lead at halftime, but went cold in the third quarter, sinking only three baskets. That allowed the Bulldogs to go ahead 51-41 by the end of the third quarter, and matters only got worse for Park View in the fourth.
Brandan Stith, son of Bulldog head coach Bryant Stith, thrilled the crowd with some monstrous dunks, and Brunswick shook off the absence of injured leader B.J. Stith to stave off the Park View upset bid.
It was a comedown for the Dragons after their impressive performance in winning the Halifax County Holiday Classic over the Christmas break.
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