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Barons earn region playoff at Dan River
SoVaNow.com / February 20, 2013The Bluestone varsity boys basketball team earned a berth in regional postseason play by advancing last week to the finals of the James River District tournament, where the Barons fell to league champions Buckingham, 76-48.
The Barons are slated to travel tonight to Dan River to face off against the Wildcats in the first round of the Group A, Division 2 western region tournament. Bluestone is seeded sixth in the eight-team Division 2 field; Dan River is seeded third.
Buckingham earned a #2 seed in the regionals, and Goochland, also of the James River District, grabbed the #7 seed. The two league rivals will square off tonight (Wednesday) in first round Division 2 action at Buckingham.
The Barons came on late in the season to power their way into the JRD championship game against Buckingham, the dominant team in the James River all season long.
Before playing the Knights, the Baron boys got past Central of Lunenburg 55-46 in the first round of the district tournament on Monday, Feb. 11, and then followed up that victory with a gritty 4-30 win over Amelia in second round play on Wednesday.
In Wednesday’s victory over Amelia, the Barons used a ferocious defense to limit the Raiders to single digits in all but one quarter, the fourth. Amelia’s 17 points in the final period exceeded their scoring output in the first three quarters.
Bluestone set the tone early against the visiting Amelia boys, holding them to just three points in the first quarter and only seven points at halftime. Meantime, the Barons methodically built up their lead, finishing the first quarter ahead 8-3 and putting together a 14-point scoring run in the second quarter to go up at halftime, 21-7.
The teams fought to a near-draw in the third quarter, which Amelia took 6-5, and while both offenses loosened up in the fourth quarter Bluestone easily had enough margin to preserve the win. The Barons scored 14 points in the final period to offset Amelia’s 17-point outburst.
The Barons got a huge night from junior guard Damien Winbush, who led all scorers with 18 points, including a pair of three-point baskets. Winbush also was active on the boards, hauling in six rebounds. He capped the performance by going 4-of-5 at the free throw line, with Bluestone having an especially good night at the stripe, completing 12 of 15 attempts.
Junior big man Ovon Bullock had a solid game against Amelia, scoring six points and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Aaron Watson had five points — on a perfect 5-for-5 night at the line — and seven rebounds and a pair of steals. Marcus Tucker chipped in four points, Devin Roberts had three and Dashawn Pamplin and Darius Baskerville each scored two.
Following their victory at home Wednesday, the Barons traveled Friday to Buckingham High School to take on the Knights, who lost only one district game during the regular season. Buckingham continued its dominance in the championship round, jumping out to a 28-14 halftime lead and rolling over the Barons 67-48 to claim the JRD title.
Winbush once again paced the Bluestone effort, scoring 16 points in a losing cause. Darius Baskerville, a sophomore, also cracked double figures for the Barons with 13 points, and Deion Mosley and Ovon Bullock each scored four points. Marcus Tucker, Devin Roberts and Dashawn Pamplin all contributed two points, and Aaron Watson had three.
The Barons enter tonight’s Division 2 tournament with a 12-11 record, facing off against Dan River, champions of the Dogwood District with a 19-3 mark.
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