Park View 62,
Loudoun Valley 49
In Park View's first meeting with Loudoun Valley, the Patriots shot uncharacteristically well from the free throw line and won by eight points. Park View made the most of its foul shots again Friday night in a 62-49 victory over Loudoun Valley in a AA Dulles District game in Sterling.
Through nine games this season, Park View (5-5, 5-2) was shooting 51 percent from the free throw line, but against Loudoun Valley on Dec. 19, the Patriots made 25 of 37 attempts (67.5 percent) and won, 61-53.
Park View was not quite as sharp Friday, making 18 of 35 free throws. But the Patriots, led by junior guard Jacob Faulkner, made 9 of 13 attempts over the final 4 minutes 11 seconds of the game to fend off a surging Loudoun Valley team. Faulkner made five of his six attempts in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots seal the win.
"I was cold earlier in the game, but once it came down to it, I knew it would be the game if I hit those free throws," said Faulkner, who finished with nine points. "I just tried to relax and put them in there."
Loudoun Valley (6-8, 4-4) trailed 35-22 at halftime but cut the lead to four by the end of the third period. Junior guard Samuel Golden hit a three-pointer with 5:36 left to play to give the Vikings a 45-44 lead, their first of the game. Senior forward Hunter Bowie then hit a jump shot in the lane to give the Vikings a 47-45 lead, but it was their last. Park View outscored the Vikings 17-2 over the final 4:50.
"We keep getting off to a slow start," Loudoun Valley Coach Jeff Jackson said. "They've been coming back all year, but when you keep getting in a hole, it takes up too much energy to get out. We came back, we played great, but we'll just have to live with it."
Junior guard Aaron McCleary led Loudoun Valley with 16 points, and Bowie finished with eight. For Park View, junior forward Alex Ondrejik had 17 points and eight rebounds, and junior Vincent Samuel and senior forward Kemper Jones each finished with eight points.
On his 17th birthday, Park View forward Roscoe Johnson collected 17 rebounds to go along with his 10 points. The 6-foot-3 junior used his 32-inch vertical leap to bound over opponents for loose balls, and just missed a fast-break dunk that would have perfectly capped his performance.
"I'm just a rebounder," said Johnson, who matched his season high for points in the game. "I just think about jumping all over people to get the ball."
Said Park View Coach Bruce Henthorn: "Roscoe is a very good player for us. We think he is a terrific young man, and he is now becoming a good basketball player. He is a very good athlete and has tons of upside."