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The Comet boys’ varsity basketball team nearly rallied from a miserable start Monday night, before running out of late game momentum in a season-ending loss at Marshall in regional action.
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Barons go far in playoffs, can’t topple Brunswick
SoVaNow.com / March 05, 2014The Bluestone Barons faced their toughest opponents yet, the Brunswick Bulldogs in the semifinal round of the VHSL 2-A East Region on Saturday. The reigning VHSL 2-A state champion Bulldogs defeated Bluestone, 73-59 but the game was down to the wire and the Barons put up a great fight.
The winner continues play in the VHSL state playoffs.
The first half of the game was all about defense and shot execution. Both teams played aggressive defenses and at halftime the score was knotted at 21.
Bluestone head Coach Kelvin Tucker said he felt as though his team should have been up by at least 10 points.
“I felt in a way we let them off the hook,” Tucker said referring to the first half of the game. “Honestly, I mean we missed like eight or 10 lay-ups or put-backs and I think eight free throws.
“We played good defense throughout the night; the guys hustled for every 50/50 ball or loose ball – both teams did. But in a game like that you have to leave everything on the floor.”
In the third quarterBluestone was able to get a two-point lead. After losing the lead back to Brunswick, the Barons still kept the game extremely close in the fourth quarter.
“We were up by two at one point in the third and were only down by four points with around four minutes left in the game,” Tucker said. “And then it was like the lid went on the goal for us.”
Bluestone was down by eight points, 62-54 with 2:47 left in the game. But some great shooting and free throws propelled the Bulldogs in the state playoffs for the third consecutive year.
The loss ended the season for the James River District regular season champion Barons and Tucker said he felt the year was successful – though he would like to have coached the team on to VHSL state tourney appearance.
“Sure I would have liked for us to have won the game against Brunswick and had a state game,” Tucker added. “But all-in-all the loss for us came down to experience – for both the players and myself.
“But I feel as though we had a good season and showed well in the region tournament The guys did a great job. Would we like to have moved on to the championship game, sure? But that can’t and shouldn’t take away from what these guys accomplished this year.”
The Barons ended the season at 20-8.
Bluestone 84, Nandua 64
Bluestone started its climb through region play after defeating Nandua High School, 84-64, at Nandua in the opening round on Tuesday of last week.
Nandua played a good offensive contest in the first half, taking a 42-38 point lead into the half.
The home team outpaced Bluestone 20-16 in the first quarter; both teams shot for 22 points in the second quarter.
The Barons came out in the third quarter rejuvenated and held Nandua to seven points, while posting 21 points in the frame.
In the final quarter the Barons outscored Nandua by, 10 points, 25-15.
“We were rolling pretty well,” Nandua head coach Cedrick Cooper said. “But then the second half they came out refreshed and we just got fatigued.”
Bluestone’s Dashawn Pamplin led all players with 19 points. Two other Barons, Damian Winbush and Devin Roberts posted double-figures with 16 and 15 points, respectively – Nine additional Baron players scored in the contest.
Roberts recorded another double-double on the year, pulling down 14 rebounds, 10 of those on the offensive boards.
Bluestone gathered 52 rebounds, 10 blocks, 21 steals and 10 deflections in the game. The Barons also posted 13 assists, with 11 turnovers and 13 personal fouls.
The win advanced Bluestone to the quarterfinal round versus Robert E. Lee High School.
Bluestone 16 22 21 25
Nandua 20 22 7 15
Bluestone: Winbush 16, Richardson 3, Pamplin 19, Bullock 6, Roberts 15, Tucker 3, Patrick 4, Baskerville 2, Watson 6, Davis 4, Mosley 2, Hilliard 1.
Nandua: McGregor 11, Parker 6, Planter 10, Blake 13, Fisher 2, Taylor 5, Snead 17.
Bluestone 83, Lee High School 64
Bluestone traveled to Staunton on Thursday to take on the Lee High Leesmen and defeated Lee 83-64.
Lee was on a 12-game win streak and looking to extend it, while the Barons were playing to move onto Mechanicsville to the semifinals round at Hanover High School.
Bluestone got off to a hot start scoring 21 points in the first quarter. Lee put up 15 points in the frame.
Bluestone kept the pressure on and had a 22-17 second quarter to lead at the half, 43-32.
The Barons outscored Lee 19-14 in the third and 21-18 in the final period to secure the 19–point victory.
Winbush paced all players with 29 points. Roberts recorded his second double-double in as many nights with, 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Pamplin was one point off double figures with nine. Tre Watson added seven points for the Barons.
Bluestone had 37 rebounds, eight blocks, 15 steals, 11 deflections and 14 assists. They were called for 20 fouls and had seven turnovers.
The win secured a semifinal game against Brunswick High School.
Bluestone: Winbush 29, Richardson 2, Pamplin 9, Bullock 4, Roberts 17, Patrick 9, Baskerville 3, Watson 7, Davis 3.
Lee: Sheffey 25, George 2, Cook 8, Anderson 1, Darcus 15, Groff 1, Handy 3, Brown 8.
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