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Dashawn Pamplin goes up for two points . / January 16, 2013
The Bluestone varsity boys split a pair of games against James River District foes last week as the Barons upended Randolph-Henry 66-46 and fell to Buckingham 68-55.

The Barons welcomed the R-H Statesmen to Skipwith on Tuesday night and rode a huge second quarter to victory. Bluestone outscored the Statesmen 27-6 in the frame after leading at the end of the first quarter by only two, 13-11.

Bluestone got contributions across the lineup as the team’s balanced offense proved too much for Randolph-Henry to handle. In the second quarter, Aaron Watson and Devin Roberts each lit up the scoreboard with Roberts tallying 10 points in the frame and Watson adding eight. Three other players scored in the period as Bluestone pulled away to a 40-17 halftime lead.

Randolph-Henry chipped away at the Barons’ margin in the third quarter, outscoring their hosts 14-9 in the frame, but Bluestone picked up the pace in the fourth quarter with a 17-15 scoring advantage. Chris Watson came alive in the final period for Bluestone as he had 10 points, including a three-point basket.

For the game, Chris Watson was the high scorer for Bluestone with 15 points. Close behind were Roberts with 13 points and Aaron Watson and Marcus Tucker with 10 each. Damien Winbush added seven points, Ovon Bullock had five, Dashawn Pamplin four and Deion Mosley two.

Terrence Royster led the Statesman cause with a game-high 18 points, including four three-pointers. C.J. Reed added eight points and Dontae Eubanks had seven.

Following Tuesday’s win, the Barons hit the road for Buckingham on Friday night and came up short against the Knights, 68-55. Bluestone got off to a fast start, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and holding Buckingham to 12, but the Knight turned the tables in the second quarter to tie the game at the half, 27-all. The Knights had a 15-9 scoring edge in the second quarter.

In the second half, Buckingham steadily pulled away, taking the third quarter by a 19-12 margin and padding the lead in the fourth quarter with another six-point scoring differential, 22-16. The result was a 68-55 victory that left the Knights sitting pretty with a 6-1 league record to stay atop the James River District.

With the loss, Bluestone ended the week with a 3-2 district record, tied for third with Cumberland behind Buckingham and Goochland.

The Barons are 5-6 overall.

Against Buckingham, the Barons were led by Aaron Watson with 17 points, including three three-pointers. Marcus Tucker also cracked double figures with 13 points, followed by Chris Watson with nine. Devin Roberts added seven, Darius Baskerville had four and Damien Winbush and Ovon Bullock both scored two.

The Barons are in action this week with games against Nottoway (last night, Tuesday, away) and Goochland (Friday, home).

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