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Park View takes first loss in BHS Classic

SoVaNow.com / January 17, 2018


Coming off an emotionally draining win over the Brunswick Bulldogs just 20 hours earlier, the Park View varsity boys were put to a test in the first round of the Brunswick Bulldog Classic Saturday in Lawrenceville as the Generals of Dinwiddie High School visited town.

PV head coach Danny Watkins expected his team to play hard and they did not disappoint — but Watkins also knew that he would need a stellar performance from his bench due to the short turn-around between games.

Alas, Park View’s perfect record on the year would be blemished as Dinwiddie came away with an 80-73 win over the weary Dragons.

The game opened with the Generals scoring five quick points before PV found the basket. Nile Atwater hit two back-to-back field goals to get the Dragons back within one point, then the teams traded buckets for a couple minutes until Atwater took a fast break and sped down the court for a one-handed slam dunk that brought the crowd to their feet.

Unfortunately, he hung a split second too long on the rim and a “T” was called, sending Raeshaun Henderson to the line for the Generals, where he made both free throws. The tide turned towards the Generals at this point and they went on to win the first quarter, 22-14.

The Dragons opened the second quarter strong as three players — Shakur Bell, Latarj House, and Makhi Davis — hit deuces in the first minute. R. Henderson hit a single free throw for Dinwiddie and PV answered with a deuce from Demetrius Bugg. At the 4:50 mark, Dragon DeAndre Miles threw down another slam dunk to take the lead and the PV faithful were ecstatic.

The teams continued to slug it out and both went to the locker room for a few minutes of well-deserved rest and a chance to strategize for the second half with PV holding a shaky 37-36 lead.

PV started the second half a little flat and Dinwiddie took advantage with a strong third quarter, scoring 20 points. D. Miles led the Park View attack with six points in the stanza and the Dragons went into the fourth quarter trailing by 54-48.

M. Holmes made two quick field goals for the Dragons to pull them back to within two. The teams continued trading buckets and neither was able to gain any significant advantage, and with just 1:12 left they found themselves tied at 61 all.

DeAndre Miles went to the line at :58 to give Park View a one-point lead, but then R. Henderson hit a clutch trey from the corner to put the Generals out in front by two with just 20 seconds left to play. On the ensuing play the Generals made a rare defensive mistake and fouled Park View’s Holmes, sending him to the line with a chance to tie it with just 6.5 seconds on the clock.

His face a study of concentration, Holmes nailed the first attempt, and the Generals called a timeout in an attempt to ice the young Dragon. Holmes demonstrated he may have ice water running through his veins as he nailed the second free throw to send the game to overtime.

The four-minute overtime period opened well for PV as the Generals missed a three-point attempt and Jatonio Seward grabbed the rebound and sped down court to score two for PV. Unfortunately for the Dragons, their offense pretty much stalled from there. R. Henderson took control of the game by hitting a three-pointer and six free throws (on eight attempts) to clinch a hard-fought 80-73 victory for the Generals.

Box scores:

PV; J. Seward 8, M. Holmes 12, M. Davis 4, N. Atwater 10, L. House 8, D. Miles 13, D. Bugg 12, S. Bell 4, H. Sykes 2

DHS; A. Jarrett 13, R. Henderson 29, T. Clarke 7, K. Lewis 3, J. Hinton 11, C. Parham 3, C. Reese 14





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