February 19, 2013 - Spring Valley
senior Dominique Taylor has been a driving
force on the Spring Valley boys basketball
team that plays tonight at Hillcrest in the
third round of the lass 4A state basketball
At stake is a spot in the Upper State
championship game on Saturday at the Bi-Lo
Center in Greenville.
But Taylor has also been taking care of
business in football. He will continue his
career at Mars Hill College, a member of the
Division II South Atlantic Conference. The
6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver had 24
catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns for
the Vikings after missing the first half of
the season. He also returned one punt for a
Vikings Fight Way into Quarterfinals
Spring Valley cruises to win, but weather delays
CLASS 4A BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: SPRING VALLEY
72, LAURENS 57
February 17, 2013 - The Spring
Valley defense neutralized an effective
Laurens attack, while the offense played
well enough to close out a 72-57 victory
against the Raiders in the second round of
the Class 4A Upper State playoffs.
Dominique Taylor led the way for the Vikings
(18-9) with 20 points. P.J. Dozier and Jamil
Taborn added 13 points apiece.
Spring Valley plays the winner of the Rock
Hill-Hillcrest match up on Tuesday. Rock
Hill-Hillcrest was scheduled for Saturday
but was cancelled because of the weather.
The Vikings took advantage of Laurens’
extended 2-3 defense.
“We didn’t see them on film, but we got a
scouting report that said they tend to leave
the middle open,” Vikings coach Perry Dozier
said. “We tried to attack, and it worked.
But the team is very athletic. They can play
with just about anybody.”
The Vikings’ may have won by 15 points, but
most of that margin happened in the second
February 14, 2013 - Spring Valley
opened the Class 4A state basketball
playoffs with a tense 60-57 win against
visiting Northwestern on Wednesday.
The 10th-ranked Vikings (17-9) will have an
unexpected second-round home game on
Saturday, thanks to Laurens’ first-round
upset of fourth-ranked Dorman. No matter the
opponent or the venue, Spring Valley’s goal
is to advance to the third round of
postseason play for the first time since
Two free throws by sophomore guard Perry
Dozier Jr. with 9 seconds remaining set the
final score. A game-tying 3-point attempt by
Northwestern’s LaThomas Long was off the
mark as the final horn sounded.
It was a fitting end to a frantic second
half that produced six ties and eight lead
“We were so nervous early in the game, and I
think that gave (Northwestern) some life.
But we got past it and played pretty well in
the second half,” Spring Valley coach Perry
Dozier said. “We put it together at times,
but we’re going to have to keep it together
longer. We’re at the point in the season
where we can’t afford to keep expending so
much energy making up for mistakes. Kids are
kids, but at some point, being so up and
down is going to cost us.”
February 9, 2012 - Spring Valley
coach Perry Dozier kept a secret from his
players on Friday.
The Vikings boss knew his team was assured
of a second-place Region 4-4A finish and a
first-round state playoff game at home for
the first time in 11 years, no matter the
outcome of their game against archrival
“I didn’t tell them because I wanted them to
want to win this game bad,” said Dozier with
a smile. “I also wanted to get second place
and that home game clean. I didn’t want
anybody to say we only got it because of the
book (a tie-breaker). We earned it.”
The inspired Vikings pulled out a 56-53
decision in overtime. Spring Valley (16-9,
7-3) will play host to the No. 3 seed from
Region 3 in its first postseason home game
since 2002 on Wednesday.
Richland Northeast (16-8, 5-5) also had
nothing tangible to gain, but did have
something to lose. The loss doomed the
Cavaliers to a third-place tie with Ridge
View and the region’s No. 4 seed. RNE has a
first-round road date at North Augusta.
“The kids played hard, but we just had too many
turnovers, too many mistakes,” Cavs coach Jason
Powell said. “This is not what we want, especially
at this time of the season and against good teams.
We had our chances, but we didn’t make enough good
decisions when the game was on the line.”
December 31, 2012 - Much has been
written about Perry Dozier Jr. the
sharpshooting 2015 guard from Columbia SC.
He burst onto the national scene a few years
back by being ranked as the #1 sixth grader
in the country. Articles in the New York
Times and other media outlets spotlighted
this diaper dandies potential and pedigree.
After watching his development over the past
few years and his recent performances from
the Chick Fil A Classic, Allmetrosports.com
caught up with burgeoning star from the
We learned about his love for the game of
basketball, his love of family and his
belief that the success of his team at
Spring Valley High School is more important
to him than his individual accolades.
Q: So Perry how would you describe your
A: I have an all around game; I try to get
my teammates involved.
Q: What motivates you as a basketball
A: Trying to get better everyday and using
the negatives and people doubting me as
Q: What are your Goals for this season?
A: Winning the region championship and going to the
December 20, 2012 - In their
opening game of the Chick-fil-A Classic,
Lower Richland defeated Spring Valley 67-59
at Richland Northeast on Wednesday.
Though the Diamond Hornets led for all but
two minutes — twice by 14 points — they
played an up-and-down game that left
first-year coach Willie Thomas looking for
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said
Thomas, whose team improved to 4-4.
Lower Richland led by 11 at halftime, but
Spring Valley made several second-half
surges that cut that advantage to three
“It felt like we had a run and then we
stopped, we ran and then we stopped and we
never finished,” Spring Valley coach Perry
PJ Dozier put up 18 of his game-leading 25
points in the half, and Dominique Taylor
added six, but it was not enough to make up
for the Vikings’ slow start.
Early on, the squads wrestled for control of
the tempo — Lower Richland playing its best
in transition while Spring Valley got its
better looks off set plays. But while Lower
Richland posted 15 points off fastbreaks and
turnovers, the Vikings went 1-10 from the
floor in the first eight minutes.
5, 2012 - It started with hearty hug and
handshake between twin brothers during
pregame warm-ups. Before the starting
lineups were announced, Paula Dozier — who
made a surprise visit from Baltimore on
Monday — was presented flowers on the court
as she stood proudly between her two sons.
But once things tipped off between Perry
Dozier’s highly ranked Spring Valley squad
and Terry Dozier’s upstart Westwood team, it
was business as usual as the former South
Carolina standouts faced off against each in
a high school basketball game for the first
The Vikings, ranked fifth in the South
Carolina Basketball Coaches Association
poll, got the better of it in a 61-38
victory against the RedHawks on Tuesday
night in boys basketball.
Round One of the Dozier Duel goes to Perry,
who is four minutes younger but is the more
experienced high school coach — he is
starting his seventh season at Spring
It wasn’t the first time the siblings faced
off against one another — they have battled
on the summer coaching circuit — but finally
doing it on the high school stage made it
“We’ve done it during the summertime in the
5-Star basketball camps,” Perry said.
“Normally, he wins but this is high school
and I’ve been doing it much longer than he
has. It was fun. Terry is going to be an
awesome coach. When he gets the talent and
organization together, he’s going to be OK.”
Terry was as disappointed in the way his
team played as he was in losing to his
brother in the first battle.
was a tough one,” Terry said. “It’s not just
losing to him but he beat me pretty bad. He
said he was going to do it but I didn’t
think he would be able to fulfill that
prophecy. Let me put this mildly but we were
intimidated. I have never seen my team play
that way. There was a lot of hype on the
game and everybody knew how big it was but I
looked in their eyes and there was
The two brothers starred at Dunbar High in
Baltimore before playing at South Carolina
from 1985-89. Terry went on to have a
12-year professional career with most of
that time spent overseas. Perry battled
injuries and went into the business world
before becoming entrenched at Spring Valley
as a coach. Terry was named the coach at
Westwood, a school playing it’s first season
of basketball, earlier this year and he has
taken a crash course in what has to be
“The biggest problem he has to worry about
is the administrative part of it,” Perry
said of his older brother. “The coaching
will come easy but he has to learn how to
cross the Ts and dot the Is. I think
everything comes natural for him. He loves
to motivate kids, he’s a professional
speaker and all that comes hand-to-hand.”
It didn’t take long for the Vikings (3-0) to show
their supremecy as they used a 16-2 run in the first
quarter to take command. Dominique Taylor was the
driving force with 12 points during the run. Three
of his baskets were crowd-pleasing dunks off of
miscues by Westwood (1-2).
December 5, 2012 - PJ Dozier and Dominique
Taylor has led Spring Valley to a 3-0 start and into
the class AAAA rankings at #5 with quality wins over
Orangeburg Wilkinson, Aiken, and Westwood. Unranked
before the season, coach Perry Dozier's squad has
looked comfortable in transition due to the
leadership and decision making of 6'5" sophomore
point guard PJ Dozier.
Dozier constantly fed Taylor for easy baskets during
the Aiken and Westwood, and the sharp shooting,
athletic lefty score nearly 50 points in the two
games combined. As the highlights below show, Dozier
can score, too. We look forward to following Spring
Valley throughout the season and for years to come.
Spring Valley Boys' Varsity Basketball Schedule
& Roster Posted
November 19, 2012 - Please click
below for the Varsity Schedule & Roster
November 19, 2012 - Our 2011-12 season was
exciting! We were undefeated in the first annual
Palmetto Challenge. Then, we made our debut in the
Chick fil-A Tournament placing 2nd in the Classic II
bracket. We finished 4th in the Region and made it
to the second round of the State play-offs. We
finished our season with a 13-10 record. This year
we will be losing 8 seniors, 3 of which were
starters. However, for our 2012-13 seasons we have
two returning starters and a great group of young
players to add to our team. We are looking forward
to an exciting and successful year!
Spring Valley High School Featured
Class: Senior - Class of 2013 Height: 6’-3” Weight: 182 pounds
Avg. 12 points: 6 rebounds: 2 blocks
Career High: 28 points 5 three pointers
Dominique is being recruited for
Basketball as well as football.
Perry Dozier, Jr.
Class: Sophomore - Class of 2015 Height: 6’-4” Weight: 162 pounds