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Park View boys come up just short vs. Petersburg in Lawson Classic
SoVaNow.com / January 22, 2014
The Park View Dragons traveled to Virginia State University on Saturday to take on Petersburg High School in the Lawson Classic IV Championship. The varsity boys came up just short against Petersburg, 84-79.
The event brings together some of the best high school talent in the Tri-Cities area and also along the Interstate 85 and 95 corridors. Several past participants in the Lawson Classic now play or have played for highly ranked Division 1 colleges.
Kasmeir Smith, Noo-Noo Patterson and Matt Brown had a great day for the Dragons. Smith led all scorers with 24 points while Patterson and Brown had 18 and 17 points, in that order. Patterson scored 17 of his 18 points in the second half.
Deshan Coleman scored 10 points to round out the double figure scorers for Park View. Smith and Patterson recorded two treys each in the close loss.
Park View jumped out to the two-point lead at the end of the first quarter, up 16-14. The Dragons continued their offensive attack in the second period, outpacing Petersburg, 18-15.
Park View shut down Petersburg powerhouses Gemonta Jackson and Gevon Arrington in the first half to take a 34-29 halftime lead.
But Jackson and Arrington came alive in the second period with Arrington moving on to score 23 in the game. He scored 19 of the 23 in the second half.
The 32-19 third quarter was Petersburg’s best outing of the game. It was also the point at which they grabbed the game from Park View. Both teams played each other close to the vest in the final period with Park View having a 26-23 edge in the final frame.
The loss dropped Park View to 10-4 on the season. Petersburg improved to 11-4.
PV: Smith 24, Brown 17, Patterson 18, Claiborne 6, Harris 4, and D. Coleman 10.
Petersburg: Arrington 23, Douglas 11, Jackson 13, Fitzgerald 1, R.Bolton 9, Bolton 23, and Richardson 2.
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