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Barons seek fresh start in conference playoffs

SoVaNow.com / February 08, 2017
The Bluestone varsity boys basketball team, the five seed in the Conference 34 tournament, opens postseason action on Thursday against fourth seed Nottoway.

Bluestone faced Nottoway twice during the regular season and lost both times. The Cougars defeated Bluestone in Skipwith Jan. 20 by a score of 50-45, and Dec. 13, Nottoway prevailed 59-44 in Crewe.

Bluestone ended the season 10-10, 9-7 James River District. Nottoway ended the regular season at 11-5, and 12-6 overall.

If Bluestone gets past Nottoway, they will take on the winner of the Amelia (one-seed), Randolph-Henry (eight-seed) game.

On Friday, the Barons suffered a blowout at Amelia, falling 68-35 in what was their worst loss of the year. The Barons also dropped a game to Goochland, 52-45, the prior Tuesday.

In the Goochland loss, both teams got off to a slow start. Goochland led at the end of the first quarter, 6-4.

Bluestone took their first lead of the game at 9-8 with 6:22 left in the second period. The lead then changed hands a couple of times before Goochland went up 12-11.

Bluestone closed the gap to 21-20 off a soaring dunk by Tevarius Brooks. Goochland ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, taking a 27-20 lead at halftime.

Nyier Wilson-Evans was the high scorer for Bluestone in the half with six points. Chris Gregory and Brooks recorded four points each.

Goochland opened the third with two baskets to take a 31-20 lead. Bluestone then exploded, reeling off a 14-0 run to go ahead 34-31.

The Barons played their best defense of the night during the rally.

Goochland powered back to end the frame with a 9-3 run. The Indians took a 40-37 lead into the fourth.

Bluestone battled back and regained the lead at 45-44 with 2:20 left in the game. Goodland went to the line on its next possession and hit two-of-two.

The foul shots put Goochland back up by one. The Indians ended the game on a 6-0 flurry for the 52-45 win.

Wilson-Evans earned Player of the Game honors for Bluestone. He led his team with 14 points on the night and collected two treys, three steals and two rebounds.

Brooks chipped in 11 points; Gregory added eight.

Bluestone had 24 rebounds on the night, eight of those on offense. This has been a serious point of contention the entire season for the Barons — boxing out, whether on the perimeter or under the rim, and fighting for the rebound.

The Barons also put up decent numbers with 15 assists and 12 steals. The team had nine blocks, with Brooks swatting five of those.




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