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Park View gives Brunswick all it can handle, but falls short

SoVaNow.com / February 27, 2013
The Park View Dragons may wind up being one of the toughest foes that the reigning state champion Brunswick Bulldogs will face all year, but that does nothing to lessen the four-peat that the Bulldogs achieved on Thursday.

Brunswick and Park View, playing for the fourth time this season on the Bulldogs’ home floor in Lawrenceville, put on another barn burner in the semifinal round of the Region 1, Division 3 postseason tournament, but it was the Bulldogs who came away victorious — again.

Paced by Brandon Stith’s 28 points, the Brunswick boys defeated the Dragons, 60-55, to close out Park View’s season. The Dragons finished with a 18-5 mark.

Brunswick clinched a state quarterfinal berth with the win, although the Bulldogs would not need the assurance. They went on to beat Bruton High School 56-49 in the Region 1 championship game on Friday night.

Both Brunswick and Bruton now advance to the VHSL Division 3 tournament, with the Bulldogs seeking to capture the state championships for the third straight season. Brunswick will play Loudoun Valley in the first round in tournament action Friday at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

In Thursday’s regional semifinal game, the Sitth brothers — Brandon and B.J. — proved to be too much to handle for the Dragons, who pushed Brunswick to the limit in three of the four games that the two teams played this season. Aside from Brunswick’s 67-49 win at home on Jan. 4, each of the other contests between the two teams was decided by two-to-seven points.

The Dragons held a lead over Brunswick as late as the fourth quarter, but B.J. Stith made a three-point play in the game’s waning moments to break a 53-all tie and give Brunswick crucial momentum down the stretch.

B.J. Stith, who finished the game with 12 points, has committed to play for University of Virginia after he graduates from Brunswick next year. His brother Brandon, a 6’7” forward, has signed to play at East Carolina.

Park View reached the semifinals by dispatching Prince Edward 76-44 in the first round of the Region 1 tournament Tuesday night in South Hill.





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