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SoVaNow.com / January 30, 2013Varsity boys lose to Cumberland, bounce back to thump Amelia
The Bluestone Barons split a pair of games last week against James River District foes Cumberland and Amelia County.
On Thursday, the varsity boys delivered a 70-45 thumping of Amelia County at home. Two days earlier on the road, the Barons narrowly lost to Cumberland, 62-60.
The outcome left the Barons with a 5-3 record in the James River District and a 7-7 record overall. Bluestone is battling for third place in the league behind Buckingham and Goochland, and mixed in a pack with Cumberland and Central of Lunenburg.
Against Cumberland, the Barons fell just short despite a furious comeback in the fourth quarter. Trailing 48-37 at the end of the third, Bluestone broke loose for 23 points in the final frame to push the homesteading Dukes to the limit. But Cumberland was able to hang on with 14 points in the period to squeeze out the 62-60 win.
Bluestone got off to a slow start with only 10 points in the first quarter to fall behind 15-10. After a second quarter that saw both teams scoring 14 points, the Barons dropped off again in the third quarter, losing the frame 19-13.
The loss spoiled an outstanding effort by junior Aaron Watson, who led the Barons with 20 points, including 3-of-5 shooting behind the three-point stripe, and six rebounds. Also providing offensive punch was fellow junior Damien Winbush, who had 16 points and hauled in four rebounds.
Watson and Winbush were the only Barons to crack double figures against Cumberland. Chris Watson contributed eight points, Darius Baskerville had five, and Deshawn Pamplin and Marcus Tucker each chipped in four.
Devin Roberts have five rebounds for Bluestone, and A. Watson had five steals.
On Thursday, the Barons returned home and demolished the Raiders of Amelia, 70-45. The game got off to a slow start with the Barons leading 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, but a 20-point outburst in the second quarter put Bluestone ahead at the half, 32-21. The Barons‚Äô momentum carried over in the second half as they ran away with the 25-point win.
Bluestone put together a balanced attack with eight players getting on the scoreboard, including three in double figures. Sophomore Darius Baskerville led the scoring parade with 16 points, followed by Damien Winbush and Marcus Tucker with 12 points each. Deion Mosley had nine points and Aaron Watson had seven, and Deshawn Pamplin and Devin Roberts each scored six. Dhaakir Barnes rounded out the Baron point total with two.
Tucker and Mosley were formidable on the boards, with 13 and 11 rebounds respectively, and Roberts had two blocked shots as Bluestone turned in a solid defensive effort.
The Barons had a big game last night (Tuesday) at Central of Lunenburg and are due to travel to Goochland tonight as they battle for position in the district with the regular season winding down.
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