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Dragons stand 2-1 on season

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Park View Dragon guard Latavion House (10) is headed for a hard landing as he draws a foul during the Dragons’ loss Friday night at PVHS. / December 11, 2019

The Park View boys varsity basketball team went on the road last Wednesday and defeated the Sussex County Tigers 58-54 in Sussex. The Dragons then returned home to face the Greensville County Eagles on Friday night in a key early season match-up, and this time the result was a 57-51 loss.

In the early going, the Tri-Rivers District season championship looks to be a toss-up between Park View, Brunswick, Greensville and Surry, so Friday night’s loss could be pivotal as the season unfolds for the Dragon boys.

In Friday’s game, Greensville jumped out to an early 5-0 lead as Z. Taylor nailed a trey on the first play followed by a quick deuce by Z. Fields. Park View struck back at the foul line as L’ Anthony Joyner and Adam Crabel combined for three free throws followed by a deuce by Joyner to cut the Eagles’ lead to 6-5.

Greensville then went on a 10-2 run to take a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Park View quickly cut into the lead at the beginning of the second period as junior guard Josh Boyd nailed back-to-back treys, narrowing the score to 18-15 in favor of the Eagles. The teams then traded buckets for a few minutes with Greensville gaining a slight edge. The Eagles pushed their lead out to 29-22 with 2:43 left to play in the half. They kept PV at bay and ended the half with a 34-26 advantage over Dragons.

The third period saw momentum shift back and forth between the two teams. Park View scored first when Eli Fadool nailed a two pointer. Eagle freshman X. Walton answered with a quick trey and then saw his bucket matched as E. Fadool dropped in a three-pointer of his own, cutting the Greensville lead to 37-31 with 2:25 gone in the third.

Park View then went on a 9-5 run to further erode the lead as J. Boyd, A. Crabel, AJ Bracey and TJ Alexander all got buckets. The third period ended with the Dragons trailing Greensville by a mere four points, 44-40.

The Eagles scored five points out of the gate in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 49-40. The Dragons bent but didn’t break and pulled back to within four points on a late three-pointer by J. Boyd, but Greensville held on to take the contest by a final score of 57-51.

“A few free throws, a few possessions we didn’t capitalize on, a few little things, rotations that didn’t happen and a few breakdowns,” said Dragon head coach Danny Watkins afterwards. “We’re fairly young but [we] fought hard and I’m real proud of them.

“We’ll fine tune a few things and I think we’ll be alright the next time we see them [Greensville],” added Watkins.

With the loss, the Dragons fell to 2-1 on the young season. Park View was set to travel to Dendron on Monday to face the Surry County Cougars, and then return home to host the Halifax County Comets on Wednesday, Dec. 11. On Friday, the Dragons will travel to Petersburg to take on Appomattox Regional Governor’s School before a Saturday tournament at Sussex County on Dec. 14.

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