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Thorn removal: Little Rock Parkview knocks off nemesis Mills

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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).

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MVP

C.J. WHITE

LITTLE ROCK PARKVIEW

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.”

AND ONES

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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