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Alexander, Gregory earn All-District spots for Barons program

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Chris Gregory and Patrick Alexander / February 28, 2018

The Bluestone varsity basketball program had two players named to the James River All-District team last week.

Chris Gregory, a junior forward, earned first team honors

At 6’0’’ and 190-pounds, Gregory was a force to be reckoned with. Having the ability to power to the rim but also bury the three-pointer or perimeter shot, Gregory was one of the Barons go-to men in the thick of a tight game.

He consistently worked to improve his court awareness during the year; that in turn improved his entire game.

Gregory consistently posted double-digits points during the JRD regular season. And the improvement of his defensive skills this season allowed him to have multiple steals and blocked or altered shots.

Another go-to man on the Barons squad was senior point guard Patrick Alexander. Alexander was named to the JRD All-District second team.

With his 5’10”, 150-pound frame, great jumping ability and a dangerous three-point shot, Alexander was a serious threat this season for opponents. Barons head coach Benjamin Sizemore said during the season that when Alexander was in a fast-break situation, he didn’t think anyone was any better in the JRD in finishing the way he did.

During the regular season the Barons were in a constant battle for the third spot in JRD league action. A good close in the final week of regular season play, which saw Bluestone go 4-1, lifted the team to third place in the JRD.

As regular season ended, the No. 3 seed Bluestone lost their JRD semifinal tournament game to No. 2 seed, Randolph-Henry.

Six days later Bluestone hosted Brunswick in the first round of the VHSL Region 2-A West basketball playoffs. Bluestonewon that game in a dramatic second-half, comeback victory.

Bluestone’s season ended when they faced R-H again in the region quarter-finals. Bluestone had a conference record of 11-7 this season and were 12-13 overall.

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