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Hunter Sykes squeezes to the basket for two of his 10 points in the Dragons’ victory. (Steve Hinzman photo) / February 07, 2018
Park View alumnus Ivin Parker brought his 10-6 Tigers of Sussex Central to South Hill on Friday night looking to upset Tri-Rivers District leader Park View (14-2), but like most teams with the same hope, Sussex soon ran into reality: a 69-56 Dragon win.

With district and regional postseason play just around the corner, every game becomes more and more important as seedings are set. Sussex hoped to improve on its playoff position but the Dragons, coming off a busy week of action, were unrelenting.

The action started right at the tip as the visiting Tigers were able to gain first possession and draw first blood with P. Harris hitting a quick deuce at the 7:35 mark. Park View answered just 40 seconds later as Demetrious Bugg got the first of his 19 points on the night. Harris scored again for the Tigers, but then Charlzae Holmes went on an 8-0 run by himself, dropping a trey at 5:12, two free throws at 4:36 and another trey at 3:35 as the Dragon defense held Sussex scoreless for almost four minutes.

After Holmes’ second trey, Coach Parker called a timeout to try and stem the bleeding. PV continued to dominate, however, and the quarter ended with the Dragons leading, 15-8.

Bugg had a big second quarter for Park View with 10 points. He was also a physical presence under the basket and most of his points were the result of smart positioning and hard work on the offensive boards.

C. Holmes continued to perform well for PV, scoring seven points with a trey and two regulation baskets. DeAndre Miles added four points and Latarj House, Marctavious Holmes and Nile Atwater added two each to round out the Dragons’ 27-point frame.

Sussex had 15 points in the quarter as Park View opened a big lead at halftime, 42-23.

It was a different Tiger ball club in the second half, however. Apparently, Coach Parker had some effective words for his squad as they were much more active and energetic on both ends of the court. A. Hill opened the scoring for the Sussex at the 6:43 mark after a botched pass resulted in a PV turnover. Hunter Sykes got into the action just eight seconds later with a lay-up for the Dragons, but Sussex responded with a drive in the lane for two points and a foul shot, although the attempt was no good.

After the missed free throw, D. Bugg came down with another rebound and fed the outlet to M. Holmes who was fouled in the act of shooting at 6:11 and made both free throws.

At the 6:00 minute mark, the Tigers’ Hill got another two pointer as the points were coming fast and furiously. Sykes then took a nifty pass in the corner on the next possession, got an open look and nailed a three point bomb that was nothing but net at 5:45.

If the Dragons thought the Tigers were cowed, they were mistaken as Edmund answered with a deep three of his own, starting a 14-5 run to cut the PV lead to 12 points, 56-44, at the end of the third. After the big halftime lead, a sense of unease settled over the PVHS gym.

The fourth period started with a bang for the Dragons as M. Holmes scored a quick basket on a miscue by the Tigers. D. Bugg went to the line for PV at 6:13 and completed both tries to extend the Dragon lead to 16. Then L. House made a sensational move in the paint, contorting himself into a pretzel to score two against the taller Tiger defender.

With Park View up 18 at the five-minute mark, the Green and White fan base breathed a little easier. The teams traded scores for a few moments, with the Tigers cutting into the PV lead once again to the consternation of the home crowd. With 1:48 left to play, Sykes got under and around a Tiger defender for a nifty basket. At this point the PV lead had been whittled down to 10, 66-56, but the Dragon defense stepped up and held Sussex scoreless for the final minute as PV took the hard-fought 69-56 win.

“For about three quarters we played pretty good,” stated Dragon head coach Danny Watkins afterwards. “That other quarter I can’t say the same …. The first half, second quarter we played real hard with a lot of intensity, we did some real good things.

“Any win is a good win at this time of the season,” he added.

With Tri Rivers District championship play beginning this Saturday, the Dragons first have to get through another busy week. They were set to face ARGS Monday night in Petersburg, then take on a tough Greensville County squad in South Hill Tuesday night (yesterday) in a make-up game. Tonight, the 16-3 Surry County Cougars come calling. There’s also a make-up game to be played versus Southampton and then the district playoffs open Saturday.


PV: J. Seward 2, M. Holmes 9, C. Holmes 21, N. Atwater 2, L. House 4, D. Miles 5, D. Bugg 16, H. Sykes 10,

SCH: A. Hill 16, C. Edmund 16, L. Stirrup 2, P. Harris 8, T. Jones 2, J. Murphy 10

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