Gutsy Polk Middle boys nip Apple Valley, continue winning run

Polk County's Tyler Staley, right, uses the screen of teammate Dominique Carson to drive into the lane.

One of his favorite parts about coaching the Polk County Middle boys basketball team, says DeShane Briscoe, are the intangibles the team possesses, the things he can’t teach them as a coach.

Things like the team displayed on Thursday.

The Wolverines won for the fourth time in five games, holding on to hand Apple Valley Middle a 36-34 setback in a Blue Ridge Middle School Conference game at Polk Middle.

The game proved a heartstopper, with the Wolverines (4-6) sending an Apple Valley player to the foul line with no time remaining. But the Knights were unable to convert, and Polk Middle’s recent run of success rolled on.

“I told them I could not coach them guts and heart. That’s all on them,” Briscoe said. “They played great.”

After a slow first period, the Wolverines began to heat up in the the second period, led by Dominique Carson, who had eight of his team-high 18 points in the quarter.

Nate Henderson added seven points and hit three crucial free throws in the fourth period while Shane Parris had six points, Dakota Twitty had five and Chan Barber had two.

The Wolverines head into the final week of the regular season on Wednesday, traveling to Hendersonville.