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Viking Standout Signs at Mars Hill


By Midlandspreps.com


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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 playoffs.

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 touchdown.

Vikings Fight Way into Quarterfinals

Spring Valley cruises to win, but weather delays opponent




By WORTHY EVANS - Special to The State


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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 quarter.


Below is a highlight video from the game.

Vikings Survive Trojans’ Shot

Spring Valley earns second-round playoff home game




By WORTHY EVANS - Special to The State


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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 1991.

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 changes.

“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.”




Freshman Jordan Bruner rejects a Northwestern attempt, which is soon converted to
two points for the Vikings as Senior Dominique Taylor gets a one-handed slam dunk.

Vikings leave no doubt in finale

Spring Valley has sole possession of second in region


Spring Valley 56, Richland Northeast 53 (OT)


By JOHN DEVLIN - Special to The State


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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 Richland Northeast.

“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.

Dominique Taylor

- Jeff Blake - jblake(at)thestate.com

“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.”


Taylor, Dozier lead Vikings past Cavs

Spring Valley 68, Richland NE 56


By WORTHY EVANS - Special to The State


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January 19, 2013 - The Richland Northeast boys used long-distance shooting to take a 10-point lead against Spring Valley early in their game Friday night.

Dominique Taylor, P.J. Dozier and the rest of the Vikings rattled the Cavaliers’ 3-point shooting later on to close out a 68-56 victory against their Region 4-4A rivals at Richland Northeast.

“I didn’t count them out until that clock ran out,” Spring Valley coach Perry Dozier said. “They’ve got great players on that team, and you never know. When they get their feet set, they can shoot.”



Perry Dozier Jr. Carves His Own Way


By By Donnis Howard - allmetrosports.247sports.com


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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 Palmetto state.

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 game?
A: I have an all around game; I try to get my teammates involved.

Q: What motivates you as a basketball player?
A: Trying to get better everyday and using the negatives and people doubting me as fuel.

Perry Dozier Jr


Q: What are your Goals for this season?
A: Winning the region championship and going to the state championship.



Vikings’ rally falls short

LR holds off second-half surges


By AKILAH IMANI NELSON - ainelson(at) thestate.com


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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 more.

“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 points.

“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 Dozier said.

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.

Kenneth Legette

- C Michael Bergen/mbergen@thestate.com


“We started off flat and when we start off flat, it’s always a long day for us,” Perry Dozier said.


Perry Dozier gets the best of his twin brother Terry in coaching face-off


By CHRIS DEARING - Special to The State - Midlandspreps.com


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Coaches and brothers, Perry and Terry DozierDecember 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 time.

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 Valley.

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 extra special.

“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.

Spring Valley Guard - Perry Dozier, Jr“It 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 intimidation there.”

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 accomplished.

“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).



Thoughts from Tuesday (12-4): Spring Valley

By Chad Cook (Original Article Here)


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


Varsity Roster

Varsity Schedule


Recap of 2011-2012, Looking Forward to 2012-2013!


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!

Thank you,

Coach Dozier

Spring Valley High School Featured Players: 2012-2013


Dominique Taylor - Class of 2013Dominique Taylor



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.

Perry Dozier, Jr - Class of 2015


Class: Sophomore - Class of 2015
Height: 6’-4”
Weight: 162 pounds

Avg. 12 points 3 rebounds 7 assist
Career High: 19 points 14 assist

* HSSR 2011-12 Rookie of the year
* AAAA All Region Team
* Ranked top 10 players in SC.
* Ranked top 20 players in the Class 2015 Nationally

VT, GA, GT, Clemson, USC, UNC, KS, MN, ND, VA, OH State

Club Team:
* Up Wards Stars
* Columbia Slammers