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Parks helps Longwood rain threes on Brentwood

Longwood's Paris Parks (10) drives the baseline defended

Longwood's Paris Parks (10) drives the baseline defended by Brentwood's Lawrence Hall (10) in the first half. Longwood defeated Brentwood 94-58. (January 5, 2010) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

They put the long in Longwood last night.

The Lions nailed a whopping 13 three-pointers and roared to a 94-58 victory over Brentwood in a League I game at Longwood.

"We were on fire so we kept lighting it up," said Paris Parks, providing a couple of apt metaphors on a night when he sizzled more than anyone else, sinking five treys en route to 17 points. The Lions, who average a Long Island-best 86.8 points per game, improved to 7-0, 4-0 in league. "That's one of the best shooting nights I've seen," said Anthony Jimenez, the coach of Brentwood (7-3, 2-2).

The Indians were able to contain Longwood's lethal fast break for most of the first quarter and avoid its equally dangerous trapping defense. But a floater by Darien Davis (16 points) and a buzzer-beating three by Parks provided a 17-16 advantage for the home team. "You can't give Longwood any momentum," Jimenez said.

The Lions broke the game open by scoring the first 10 points of the second quarter. The only three of that sequence came when Tajric Boggs (17 points) completed a conventional three-point play with a nifty shake-and-bake maneuver. It was 37-21 at the break, which was bad enough for Brentwood. Things got much worse in the third quarter when Longwood really turned up the heat.

Its vaunted trap began creating turnovers and fast-break opportunities that resulted in open players all over the court. Sure, there were numerous layups, but often, the most wide-open Lion was stationed in the corner or on the wing, waiting to receive a pass behind the arc.

"Best shot possible," is how Lions coach Dennis Terry described his team's share-the-ball offensive philosophy that produced six treys in the third quarter, one in which his team scored a rousing 37 points.

"It all starts with defense," Davis said. Indeed, Brentwood turned the ball over frequently during the second and third quarters resulting in many uncontested shots. "We like to go inside-out to open things up," Terry said. "If the open shot is a three, we want our guy to shoot it. [Thirteen] is a lot of threes, but the guys had open shots."

Most of them came after several passes at a pace best described as breakneck. Terry rarely stops yelling "push it . . . go, go, go!" on the sideline, often punctuating his words with a waving motion meant to encourage his players to step on the accelerator. They don't have to be told twice.

"We're a fast-break team. We love running," Paris said. "Coach runs us all the time in practice to get us in shape. We think we can wear down other teams by the fourth quarter."

By the fourth quarter last night, Brentwood was burned out.

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