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Barons upend Central of Lunenburg, 79-68

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Patrick Alexander brings the ball up court for two of his 20 points on the night. Teammate Kwali Hester trails the fast break. (Mike Moseley photo) / December 20, 2017
Bluestone hosted the Central of Lunenburg last week and came away with a 79-68 victory.

The Barons used solid defensive play and some aggressive moves to the basket and on the perimeter to secure the win. The boys varsity now stands at 3-1 in the James River District and 3-3 overall.

Devin Pettus and Patrick Alexander each knocked down 20 points to lead the Barons. Teammate Chris Gregory added 16.

Central took an early 6-4 lead but Bluestone’s defense was already beginning to give Central problems and the Barons knotted the score at 6-6.

Central kept up the pressure on Bluestone, however, and tied the game at 8-8 and again at 12-12 before the Barons took over the first quarter, winning the frame 20-17. Gregory and Alexander each hit nine points in the period.

Bluestone had a slight letdown as the second quarter started and Central was able to tie the score at 21-21. Bluestone then went on a 7-0 run, led by Pettus with five points for the 28-21 lead.

Central just kept hanging around and worked the score back to 32-29. But aggressive offensive play by Gregory and Michael Harris in the lane caused Central problems.

From this point on, Bluestone had a strong finish to the second quarter and went to halftime leading 41-34. Baron head coach Benjamin Sizemore has been on his players’ case on coming out in the second half of the game with energy, and Bluestone didn’t disappoint.

The Barons had a solid third period, scoring 20 points. Central still played steady and added 17 more to their total. The third quarter was paced by the Barons’ Pettus, who popped in eight points and played some really nice defense.

Bluestone shook off another 17-point quarter for Central, who were able to close within six points at 74-68, before the Barons closed out the game for the 79-68 win.

Bluestone was scheduled to play JRD opponent Nottoway last night (Tuesday) and host a rematch with Park View tonight in Skipwith. PV won the season opener for both teams 66-46 in South Hill.

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