Greensville County’s A.J. Walton’s twine-tickling 3-pointer with 5:23 left in the first quarter put the Eagles in front of Park View 4-2 and the green and gold never looked back on its way to a 70-59 Tri-Rivers District win over the Dragons in Emporia Friday.
The smaller Eagles were able to neutralize the taller Park View (1-1) (2-1) squad in contest in Emporia between two squads expected to be in the hunt for the league championship. Greensville (2-0) will hit the floor with a height disadvantage in most, if not all, games it plays this season. It did not cost them Friday.
“We know we are going to have to outwork other teams and played hard for the entire game this year,” Greensville County head coach Antwan Walton said. “We played hard and made good decisions with the basketball tonight. This was a big win for us.”
After falling behind 2-0 early, the Eagles ramped it up on the defensive end and held the Dragons without a field goal for more than five minutes. Freshman Zavion Franklin’s 3-pointer with 2:23 left in the first quarter boosted Greensville’s advantage to 13-7. Five Eagles scored first-quarter field goals as Greensville outscored Park View 19-10 in the opening stanza.
The Dragons settled in early in the second quarter due to the inside play of Demetrius Bugg. The senior scored 7 points in the quarter and had the Dragons within 5 points, 24-19, with 4:47 left in the frame. The Eagles closed the first half strongly with a 12-5 run, capped by a Zykeem Fields 3-pointer to lead by a dozen, 36-24, at the break.
The outcome was still in doubt midway through the third quarter as Boyd netted 7 points in less than four minutes to bring his squad within 8 points, 46-38, with 4:19 left in the frame, but the Eagles closed the third with a 10-2 run to enter the fourth quarter with a 16-point advantage, 56-40.
Greensville County’s offense remained proficient for the first half of the final frame. Jalin Joyner’s basket with 4:08 remaining pushed the advantage to 70-52. The Eagle offense finally went silent, but the margin was too much for the visitors to overcome.
Zykeem Fields led all scorers with 23 points. Jermonta James, 13 points, and Khalid Parker, 11 points, also netted double-figure scoring totals for the Eagles. Bugg paced the Park View attack with 13 points. Boyd, 12 points, and DeAndre Miles, 10 points, also scored in double figures.