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Jatonio Seward works hard on defense under his own basket. / December 13, 2017

Coming off a strong start for the Park View varsity boys this season, fans might have expected an easy night for the Dragons as they hosted Franklin High School Monday in a makeup of Friday’s postponed game.

The Broncos had different ideas — although in the end, their dogged efforts weren’t enough to overcome the homestanding Dragons, now 6-0 on the season.

The first period opened with Franklin winning the tipoff, but that’s just about the only thing that went right for the Broncos in the early going. Charlzae Holmes dropped in nine points to lead the Dragons to a 17-4 lead at the end of the first period.

The Broncos had no intention of laying down, however, and the second period was a completely different story. Franklin went on a tear with Myroen Barrett finding his range from the 3-point line and dropping in three treys in the period.

Franklin’s Deontae Jefferson popped in two jumpers of his own from behind the arc, and the Broncos rallied with an 18-point quarter to trail at halftime by only five, 27-22.

Park View seemed a little flat in the second quarter and was only able to muster 10 points, spread evenly amongst five players. After the game, Dragon coach Danny Watkins commented that he thought the team started well, but did seem to suffer a letdown in the second stanza.

The second half opened with Franklin continuing to apply pressure, chipping away at the PV lead. The Broncos scored 10 points in the third quarter to only seven for Park View, including a delicate little runner at the 3:00 mark by Drelyn Ford. Park View was able to hold onto a narrow 34-32 lead as C. Holmes dropped in a trey, T.J. House sank a bucket and Jatonio Seward added a free throw to account for the PV scoring total.

As the fourth quarter opened, Coach Watkins seemed to surprise the Broncos by going to an aggressive full court press. The tactic brought the Dragons considerable success as the Broncos seemed to falter a bit under the onslaught.

PV also got it going on the offensive end, turning defensive takeaways into points. Demetrious Bugg scored six quick points on back-to-back buckets followed up by a trip to the foul line where he hit both tries. Franklin started to foul PV players around the 3-minute mark and sent the Dragons to the line 12 times in the closing moments of the game. PV was able to knock down a solid three-quarters of those tries and held off the Broncos for a hard fought 59-52 victory.

Afterwards, Watkins credited strong rebounding and solid free throw shooting for the team’s victory.

The Dragons enjoyed balanced scoring on the night with Holmes leading the way with 15 points, Seward tallying 13, DeAndre Miles adding 10 and Bugg pitching in eight.

Park View also defeated Southampton last week to get a leg up on the competition in the Tri-Rivers District. The Dragons’ next game is Friday night at Windsor.

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