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Dragons ride roughshod over Broncos in homecourt rout / December 18, 2013

The Park View Dragons welcomed the Broncos of Franklin City to South Hill on Monday night and delivered a staggering 38-point victory for the home crowd in a 80-42 final.

Park View’s defense was relentless from the opening tip-off and their offense was on the mark, racking up 44 points in first half play.

Two monster dunks — one by Jonte Harris in the first quarter and the second by Matt Brown in the third quarter — were the direct result of hard-nosed defense.

The Dragons placed four players in double figures, led by Brown who scored 14 points. Nigel Stanley, Noo-Noo Patterson and Harris scored 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Three other Dragon players were within a point or two of scoring in double figures.

A 3-3 tie in the first quarter was as close as Franklin would get as Park View came out ready to shut the game down early. At the end of the first quarter, Park View held a 23-5 lead and had no thoughts of looking back.

Patterson led the Dragons in the opening period with nine points. Brown collected six points on two treys. Harris hit for four points. Stanley and Deshan Coleman had two points each.

Franklin played better offense in the second quarter but Park View’s offensive and defensive sets were causing the Broncos all sorts of problems. Park View had several steals throughout the game due to defensive traps.

The Dragons outscored the Broncos 21-11 in the second quarter to take a commanding 44-16 lead at the half.

Stanley poured in a third of the points in the frame, with seven. Harris and Coleman had four each, while Patterson and Kasmeir Smith contributed two points apiece.

Coming into the third quarter Park View kept the pressure on Franklin — playing the same level of defense as they had in the first half.

The Dragons scored 17 points in the quarter, led by Smith with seven points. Brown had six and Harris and Rashad Clary hit a deuce each.

Franklin also had a productive third, tallying 12 points to make the score 61-28 at the end of the period. Franklin’s Quinton Lowe and Terry Warren accounted for eight of the 12 points.

The Dragons outpaced the Broncos by five points in the final quarter, 19-14. Clary hit seven points in the quarter to lead his team. Jared Jordan drained a trey and Stanley was good for a deuce and one point at the line.

Jonathan Drummond, Dionte Williams and Coleman each had a basket.

Park View head coach Ivan Parker said he was pleased with the win and the high-level of physical play shown by his players in the 80-42 victory.

“We’re getting better,” Parker said. “Friday night, I think, was our break-out game,” referring to Park View’s win over Surry.

“We’re playing better defensively. We’re making lay-ups, getting steals, getting turnovers and just being more patient on offense, getting good shots.”

A terrorizing defense is one thing this team wants to be known for, and the Dragons were all that on Monday night. There were several trips up the court in the first half where Franklin never broke the half-court line on offense.

“Our defense was there — they (the players) wanted to come out and get this over early and that’s what they did tonight,” Parker stated.

First Quarter:

Matt Brown opened the game by draining a three-pointer. Franklin’s Lowe hit a basket. Franklin went to the line and hit one of two to tie the score at three.

Jonte Harris scored two off of a follow-up. A PV steal led to Stanley hitting a deuce. Franklin got a basket from Domique Gainey. Brown answered with a trey for the 10-5 PV lead.

After a steal Patterson was fouled in the act and scored two free throws. He followed that with a basket. Harris got a slam-dunk on a steal and fast break. Patterson hit a deuce and a three-pointer.

Stanley went to the foul line to end the quarter and sunk two shots for the 23-5 score.

Second Quarter:

After a couple of trips up the court, PV’s Stanley was fouled, went to the line and connected on one of two. Coleman hit four points, while Smith and Brown scored a bucket each. Franklin had one basket during this span, putting PV ahead 32-7.

Harris, Brown, Stanley and Patterson together scored eight points to close out the third with a score of 44-16.

Third Quarter:

Brown lit the nets up with a trey. Harris, Brown and Smith garnered six points. Franklin scored eight during this span to narrow the score to 53-24.

Brown had a dunk that brought the gym to its feet. Smith and Clary added four points to finish the quarter with PV out front 61-28.

Fourth Quarter:

Clary and Stanley got five-quick points out of the gate for the Dragons. Coleman collected a rebound and put-back for a deuce.

Clary and Jordan had treys, while Drummond and Williams closed out the scoring with a deuce each.

Park View recorded seven first half fouls and 10, second half fouls. Franklin had nine team fouls in the first half and six in the second half.

The 80-42 win has the Dragons at 3-0 as they prepare for holiday tournament play.

Team Scoring:

Park View: Smith-9, Stanley-12, Brown-14, Clary-9, Drummond-2, Patterson-11, Jordan-3, Harris-10, Williams-2 and Coleman-8.

Franklin City: Lowe-8, Stephens-7, Lassiter-4, Hansford-5, Gainey-5 and Warren-13.

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