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Barons hammer PE for bounceback win in JRD competition / December 13, 2017

After having their Friday game postponed due to weather, Bluestone hosted the Prince Edward Eagles in Skipwith on Monday and came away with the 83-57 win.

The victory was much-needed after the Barons lost their James River District opener to Randolph-Henry in Charlotte Courthouse last week.

Bluestone’s Patrick Alexander had a great night on offense, leading all scorers with 27 points. Teammate Chris Gregory followed with 17.

The Barons placed 10 players in the scoring column; Kwali Hester with 10 points was the only other player to score in double figures for Bluestone. Devin Pettus knocked down nine points.

The first quarter was fairly balanced offensively for both teams. But Bluestone came out hard on defense and forced PE into several miscues around the basket.

Gregory opened the scoring for Bluestone with a deuce and the Eagles matched with a bucket for the tie. PE jumped out to a 6-2 lead before an Alexander trey pulled Bluestone to within one, 6-5.

Alexander followed with six consecutive points for an 11-6 Bluestone lead. The quarter ended with the Barons up 16-10.

Bluestone kept the heat on in the second quarter, posting 21 points while holding PE mostly in check with their defense. A Bluestone deuce and a trey by Pettus took Bluestone to a 21-10 lead to open the second.

Michael Harris, Cameron Tucker, Gregory and Alexander also scored for the Barons. The Eagles made a serious run to narrow the score, but Bluestone went to halftime leading 37-29.

Bluestone had a solid third quarter, adding 23 points. Bluestone drilled five treys in the frame – with Cedric Taylor and Hester hitting two each, and Alexander with one trey.

Bluestone closed out the third with the 60-38 lead and the Barons were clearly in control the rest of the way.

The Barons dominated the fourth quarter to seal the outcome. The team continued to play solid offense and defense even as the bench rotated players in and out.

The 83-57 victory was a good jumpstart for the Barons as they prepare for two more games this week. The Barons were scheduled to travel to Amelia last night (Tuesday) and host Central Lunenburg in Skipwith on Friday night.

Bluestone – C. Taylor 6, K. Hester 10, D. Pettus 9, C. tucker 4, J. Hill 2, C. Gregory 17, P. Alexander 27, M. Harris 4, G. Hurt 2, W. Evans 2.

R-H Statesmen 59, Barons 50

Bluestone traveled to Randolph-Henry last week to take on the Statesmen in the JRD opener, and the Barons fell to the Statesmen, 59-50, in a game they probably should have won.

The score was close throughout, but all the things the Barons did right in their Monday victory were all the things they didn’t do against R-H, especially on defense. Several times the Barons made good runs to tighten up the score, or even tie or take the lead, only to let uninspired defense cancel out any positives.

Alexander led Bluestone with 26 points, 15 of those coming by way of three-pointers. Gregory added 14 in the loss.

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