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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 top Statesmen, Chargers in busy week of district action
SoVaNow.com / February 06, 2013The Bluestone Barons continued to make waves in the James River District this week by upending Randolph-Henry and Central of Lunenburg, although the Barons also lost a district outing at Goochland.
On Friday, Bluestone topped Randolph-Henry 63-56 to close out a grueling week that saw the varsity boys playing three games over four nights. On Tuesday the Barons edged Lunenburg, 43-42, and on Wednesday they lost to Goochland, 47-38.
In the game against the Statesmen, the Barons got a lift from two juniors, Aaron Watson and Damien Winbush, who led the offense with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Also scoring in double figures was Chris Watson, who had 10 points. Sophomore Darius Baskerville was close behind with nine points, Ovon Bullock added six and Marcus Tucker chipped in five.
Junior Deion Mosley was a force underneath for the Barons, hauling in 10 rebounds.
Bluestone shrugged off the Statesmen’s homecourt advantage by taking a 12-8 lead in the first quarter. The Barons outscored Randolph-Henry 17-16 in the second quarter and 17-8 in the third quarter to head into the final frame sporting a 46-32 advantage.
The Statesmen attempted to make a game of it with a 24-17 fourth quarter run, but it was too little, too late as the Barons came away victorious.
Bluestone had a much tougher time earlier in the week, nipping the pesky Chargers of Lunenburg by a 43-42 score on Tuesday. The Barons, playing at home, held a 35-30 lead going into the fourth quarter, but had trouble scoring in the final frame as Central nearly pulled off the upset.
Once again, Aaron Watson was the leader on the scoreboard, tallying 13 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including a three-pointer.
Winbush was the next highest scorer with seven points, followed by Dashawn Pamplin with six and three players — Darius Baskerville, Devin Roberts and Deion Mosley — with four points each.
Central had an advantage at the free throw line with 10 points to only seven for Bluestone, but the Chargers blew a chance to win the game by going only 10-for-21 behind the charity stripe. Bluestone had a 7-for-12 night at the free throw line.
On Wednesday, the Barons suffered their only setback of the week, a 47-38 loss to Goochland, the second place team in the James River District behind Buckingham. The Barons struggled to score against the stingy Bulldog defense, although Winbush had a solid game with 10 points and a pair of steals. Mosley and A. Watson each contributed eight points, but no other player had more than three.
The 2-1 record for the week left the Barons with a 9-8 overall record, 7-4 in the James Ri ver District as they headed into action last night (Tuesday) against Cumberland.
The boys also meet Goochland in a rematch at home tonight and finish out the regular season Friday against Buckingham.
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