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Park View advances in 3A Region playoffs

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Park View junior guard Josh Boyd (pictured in action earlier this season) scored a game-high 27 points against York in the opening round game of the VHSL Class 3 Region A Tournament Saturday at PVHS. PV defeated the Falcons 67-54. (Steve Hinzman photo) / February 26, 2020
The Park View boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the VHSL Class 3 A Region tournament with a 67-54 victory over York Saturday at home.

The win sets up a matchup Wednesday (tonight) in Suffolk as the fifth-seeded Dragons hit the road to play the Lakeland Cavaliers, the 4 seed and winners of their first-round game against New Kent.

Park View needs to beat Lakeland and take a quarterfinal win in the A Region tournament to advance to the region championship game and clinch a berth in the Class 3 state tournament. The top two finishers in the regional tourney will move on to the state finals.

The Dragons entered their first-round game against York with a 16-8 record, compared to the Falcons’ 6-16 mark for the season. York, which plays in the Bay Rivers District, couldn’t keep up with Park View and returned home with the season-ending 67-54 loss.

The Dragons jumped ahead early, winning the opening period 18-12. Eli Fadool led the way for Park View in the frame with seven points. Two-sport standout Josh Boyd scored five of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter for Park View. Other Dragons netting points in the stanza were AJ Bracey with four and Lanthony Joyner with one.

Isaiah Limuel (seven points), Ryan McKnight (3), and Jaylen Hawthorne (2) provided the firepower in the opening stanza for York.

Park View kept up the pace in the second period by putting up 17 points while York tallied 15. Boyd scored eight points for the Dragons with Darius Hyman (4), TJ Alexander (2), Joyner (2), and Adam Crabel (1) providing the balance of the offense. For York, BJ Harold led the way with seven points.

Clinging to a tenuous eight-point lead at halftime, 35-27, the Dragons turned up the heat in the third. Defensively, Park View held the Falcons to eight points while scoring 17 to extend the lead to 52-35 going into the final frame.

Boyd was the points leader for Park View in the third period with seven points, with Fadool (5), Anthony Gardner (3) and Joyner (2) accounting for the rest.

Josh Yi, Amari Gorham, Grunthaner and Limuel scored two points each for the Falcons.

York mounted a comeback attempt in the fourth period and scored 19 points, but Park View answered with 15 to preserve the lead and the win.

Boyd scored six points and Alexander added five for Park View in the final frame while Hyman and Joyner each added a pair in the final stanza.

With the victory the Dragons improved to 17-8 overall as they prepare to take on the Lakeland Cavaliers tonight (Wednesday). The Cavaliers, out of the Southeastern District, sport a 14-8 record and earned the #4 seed in the 12-team region tournament. The two teams only have one opponent in common from the regular season — the Brunswick Bulldogs. The Dragons played Brunswick three times, losing twice while the Cavaliers faced Brunswick once and defeated the Bulldogs 79-64 in Suffolk on Dec. 14.

The winner of Wednesday night’s game will advance to the tournament quarterfinals to face the winner of the Hopewell vs I.C. Norcom contest. Hopewell is the number one seed in the region with Norcom holding the number nine seed.

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