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Barons finish fourth in Holiday Classic / January 02, 2020
The Bluestone High School varsity boys basketball team traveled to Halifax County High School this week to compete in the Holiday Classic and came up short in the consolation game, placing fourth in the four-team tournament.

The Barons lost to Person County High School (Roxboro, N.C.) on Friday night, 58-39, and were relegated to the lower-bracket game. Bluestone then suffered a 75-52 loss on Saturday to Gretna.

Gretna lost to the Halifax Comets on Friday. The Comets beat the Person Rockets 68-58 on Saturday night to win the tournament title.

On Friday night, the Barons played a much tighter game with the Rockets than they did against Gretna in the consolation game Saturday, although the result was much the same on the scoreboard.

Larry Bullock, Bluestone’s starting point guard, exited in the Person County game in the first half after suffering what is being treated as an ankle twist. Bullock has done a good job of leading the Barons at the point position this season.

Bullock’s absence was immediately felt and continued throughout the Gretna matchup. As of yet, no specific timetable has been set for Bullock’s return. Bullock commented on Saturday after the Gretna game that the swelling from the injury had started to subside.

Baron head coach George Lancaster said with Bullock’s absence, the team will be adjusting offensive and defensive schemes to better fit with the talent on the court. Lancaster also noted that the leadership skills Bullock brings to the court would be missed.

Bluestone senior Tywen Hatcher had a very productive tournament, scoring a season-high 12 points versus Gretna. Hatcher’s presence on the boards is also making a difference as the Barons work to shore up their inside game.

The Barons are emphasizing getting to the rim more often and drawing the foul. In the Park View loss right before Christmas break, Mike Harris was the only Bluestone player to go to the foul line. In the tournament Harris and Da’trione Shearin were the only Barons at the stripe.

Travon Tucker, a sophomore, was moved up from the jayvee team to see some varsity action during the tournament and performed very well over the two-day period. Tucker played a nicely controlled game and will stand the chance of seeing more varsity action.

Bluestone (2-6, 2-3 JRD) returns to James River District competition on Friday night when they travel to Farmville to take on the Prince Edward Eagles.

Game reports:

Gretna 75, Bluestone 52

Bluestone led 2-0 but would never lead again in a game that highlighted some of Gretna’s better shooters.

The Hawks took a 10-2 advantage behind Isaiah Griffin, Mekhi Reeves, and Taelyn Miller. Bluestone added nine more points but were down 21-11 at the end of the first period.

Bluestone was paced by Da’trione Shearin’s seven points. Trevon Tucker added four.

The Hawks had four three pointers in the opening frame and would go on to have 11 on the night.

Gretna opened the second period with a Miller trey. Mike Harris hit two shots at the stripe and Tywen Hatcher had a basket for Bluestone to get the deficit 24-15.

This would be the last time in the period Bluestone got the Hawks under a double-digit lead. Gretna would go on to be up by 14 points at 33-19 and ahead at the half, 41-25.

Hatcher had six of Bluestone’s 14 points in the frame. Shearin and Tucker had seven and six points in the half, respectively.

Reeves headed Gretna in the half with 10 points. Griffin and Tony King had nine each. Miller contributed eight points.

Bluestone started the third with a 6-0 run. Gretna answered by outscoring Bluestone 16-4 over the remainder of the period and led 57-36 going into the final quarter.

Bluestone posted 16 points in the final period, but Gretna had 18 points for the 75-52 win.

Bluestone: X. Sturdifen 2, N. Abernathy 6, D. Shearin 9, T. Hatcher 12, M. Harris 18, T. Tucker 6.

Gretna: Miller 12, King 11, Hall 3, Griffin 13, Kirby 3, Motely 5, Blair 7, Pannell 4, Reeves 17.

Bluestone 39, Person 58

Larry Bullock sank a three pointer to start this game and Bluestone eventually move out to the 12-2 score. Gretna took a 10-0 run to the end of the first period and had the game tied at 12-12 going to the second.

Bluestone responded with a 10-2 burst in the second aided by two Nic Abernathy treys. Person tied the score at 22-22 with 3:21 left in the period.

The Rockets went on to take the lead and were up 30-24 as the second ended.

The Rockets won the third period 12-6. Person outpaced Bluestone 16-9 in the fourth quarter for the 58-39 win.

Harris and Abernathy headed Bluestone with 10 points each. Shearin was good for seven points.

Bluestone: X. Sturdifen 3, N. Abernathy 10, D. Edmonds 3, D. Shearin 7, M. Harris 10, T. Tucker 4.

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