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Barons soar past Eagles in final seconds, prevail 67-66

SoVaNow.com / December 18, 2013


The Bluestone boys varsity basketball team had a close call at home Tuesday night against Prince Edward, needing a buzzer-beater to put away the Eagles after leading by as many as 11 points.

The scoring was fairly balanced during the first half of play. The Eagles took a one-point lead at the end of the first period, 17-16.

The Barons outscored their opponents in the second quarter by two points to take a one-point, 34-33 lead into the half.

The Barons turned up the heat in the second half, scoring 21 points in third quarter and containing the Eagles for 11 points.

Bluestone entered the fourth quarter leading 55-44. But Prince Edward outscored the Barons by 10 points in the quarter, 22-12.

Bluestone’s winning shot came with the team down by two with 0.8 seconds left on the clock.

After getting the ball back and missing a shot, the Barons were rewarded the ball out of bounds. Bluestone’s Keith Patrick inbounded the ball to teammate Damian Winbush, who returned the ball to Patrick, who took an NBA three-pointer. The ball barely touched the net as it went through to give the Barons the pulsating 67-66 win.

Bluestone was led by Darius Baskerville who had 18 points. Dashawn Pamplin followed with 15.

Devin Roberts and Ovon Bullock had nine and eight points, respectively. Baskerville had four treys in the game.

Bluestone had a total of 31 rebounds, six blocks and nine assists. The Barons had 17 turnovers on the night. The team collected 15 fouls.

Bluestone Scoring:

Pamplin-15, Bullock-8, Roberts-9, Tucker-2, Patrick-3, Baskerville-18, Winbush-8 and Davis-4.



Barons defeat Amelia, 66-55

The Bluestone Barons recorded another win on Friday, beating Amelia County 66-55 to lift the team record to 3-1 in early season action.

Amelia led the Barons at halftime, 31-24. The host team outpaced the Barons 16-11 in the first quarter and 15-13 in the second quarter.

Bluestone made its move as the second half of play began. The Barons put up 20 points in the third period to take a seven-point lead at 44-37.

Bluestone scored 22 points in the final period; Amelia scored 18.

The leading scorer for the Barons was Devin Roberts with 17 points. Darius Baskerville posted 14 points. Antwuan Tucker, Baskerville and Damian Winbush each had a trey for the Barons.

The Barons gathered 32 rebounds, had 10 blocks and 13 steals in the game. The offense had 10 assists and turned the ball over only four times.



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