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South Boston News / February 13, 2013
The Bluestone Barns varsity boys got past the opening round of the James River District tournament on Monday night by defeating Central of Lunenburg 55-46 in Skipwith.

The Barons will advance to the second round tonight after downing the Chargers, who fell behind early but made the game interesting with a third quarter rally.

Bluestone jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter, and padded their advantage by outscoring Central 14-7 in the second quarter. The score at halftime stood at 27-14.

Central returned the favor in the third quarter, outscoring the host Barons 15-7. The shift in momentum left Bluestone holding a tenuous 34-29 lead heading into the final period.

But whatever upset hopes the Chargers had of an upset faded as Bluestone put 21 points on the board in the final stanza. The Barons were just good enough at the free throw lie, making 12 of 22 attempts on the night.

A key for the Barons was their balanced attack. Bluestone had three players finish in double figures, and seven players scored.

Senior post player Marcus Tucker had a big night, scoring 14 points to lead the Barons’ scoring and hauling in 12 rebounds, also a team high. Tucker had a 6-for-20 shooting night but was tenacious on the boards, gathering seven offensive rebounds.

Devin Roberts also had a strong game with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Aaron Watson tallied 11 points.

Also scoring for Bluestone were Darius Baskerville with six points and two players, Dashawn Pamplin and Damien Winbush, with five each. Ovon Buollock added two to go with nine rebounds.

Central was led by senior standout David Haywood with 21 points.

Bluestone entered the district tournament as the third seeded team after finishing out the regular season on a mixed note. The Barons lost both of their games last week against the top two teams in the district, Buckingham and Goochland, but they also defeated Cumberland.

Against Cumberland on Tuesday, Bluestone prevailed 46-22, with Damien Winbush earning Player of the Game honors with eight points and a strong defensive effort. Darius Baskerville led the team in scoring with 10 points on the night.

Playing Goochland on Wednesday, Bluestone fell 53-43. Winbush had another big night, scoring 17 points in a losing effort. Marcus Tucker had eight.

The Barons lost Friday to the top ranked team in the JRD, Buckingham, by a 63-34.

At the same time the varsity boys are competing to make the district finals, the jayvee Barons already are ticketed for the jayvee championship game Friday night against Goochland.

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