Thorn removal: Little Rock Parkview knocks off nemesis Mills


Photographs by Thomas Metthe

Little Rock Parkview’s Airion Simmons (right) drives to the basket while being guarded by Mills’ Kevin Cross during the second quarter of Parkview’s 54-51 victory in the Class 5A boys state championship game Friday at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs. Parkview won 54-51 to avenge a loss to Mills in last year’s fi nal.

HOT SPRINGS -- Mills has been a thorn in Little Rock Parkview's side lately, but the Patriots went with an old-school remedy to alleviate the pain.

Senior guard C.J. White had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals on his way to grabbing MVP honors for the Patriots (25-8).





White finished 5-of-13 shooting from the field and 2 of 3 from the free-throw line for Little Rock Parkview, which won its second state title in three years. White also added 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. He knocked down a three-pointer early in the first quarter to get the Patriots off to a fast start. “It’s hard to put into words what it means to win this one,” he said. “This one means a lot. It’s indescribable.”


Little Rock Parkview Coach Al Flanigan has won 524 games and seven state championships. … The victory was the Patriots’ 14th title since 1971, the most of any school during that stretch. … Mills hadn’t lost a game since dropping a 65-59 decision at Class 7A champ North Little Rock on Nov. 18. … The six points in the first quarter was a season low for Mills. … Parkview started four seniors and Mills started five.

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