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Park View aims for rematch with Brunswick after loss in title game
SoVaNow.com / February 20, 2013The Park View Dragons were unable Friday to unseat their fiercest rivals, the Brunswick Bulldogs, as champions of the Southside District, but the varsity boys have advanced to the Group AA, Region 1 Division 3 postseason tournament with a first-round game slated last night (Tuesday) at home against Prince Edward.
The Park View varsity boys finished as runners-up in the Southside District after falling 43-36 in the district tournament finals to the two-time state defending champion Bulldogs. The championship game was played Friday night at Greensville High School.
With the win, Brunswick took the top seed in the eight-team Division 3 postseason field. The Bulldogs were set to play #8 seed New Kent High School Tuesday night in Lawrenceville.
Meantime, the Dragons grabbed the fourth seed in the regional tourney and drew as their first-round opponent fifth-seeded Prince Edward, a fellow member of the Southside District.
Greensville is the final team from the Southside to make the Division 3 postseason field, claiming the #6 seed. The Eagles were slated to play #3 seed Bruton on Tuesday night.
If Park View can get past Prince Edward Tuesday, the Dragons are likely to earn a fourth meeting this season with Brunswick, overwhelming favorites to dispatch first-round foe New Kent. If it happens, the Dragons can only hope the fourth time against Brunswick is the charm.
The third match-up between the two teams Friday night was a close-run affair, but Brunswick found a way to win in the end — and repeat as district champions.
The Bulldogs secured the win with a 6-0 scoring run to end the game and break open what had been a 37-36 contest in the game’s waning moments.
It was a rough reprise of the previous meeting between Park View and Brunswick, when the Bulldogs needed a last-second shot by B.J. Stith to beat the Dragons 51-49 on their home floor.
With a potential rematch looming later this week, the Dragons can only hope they can finally get over the hump against Brunswick — although the first order of business was the first-round game against Prince Edwards, played at Dragon Gym last night in South Hill.
The contest came fresh on the heels of Park View’s rout of the PE Eagles in the district tournament first round. Playing Wednesday in South Hill, the Dragons thumped Prince Edward 88-68.
Park View got a big night from Kaleb Johnson, who had 24 points to lead a potent Dragon attack. Noo Noo Patterson broke loose for 15 points and Deshon Coleman and Matt Brown were close behind with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Park View is 17-4 on the season.
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