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Bluestone’s Patrick Alexander (31) and teammate Jordan Hill apply pressure in Bluestone’s Friday night consolation game, won by Gretna. / January 03, 2018
If only Bluestone could have this game back.

The Bluestone varsity boys, in action over the holiday break playing in the Holiday Classic in South Boston, missed a perfect opportunity to score the upset win when they dropped their opening round game Thursday night to Person (N.C.) High School, 70-56.

Bluestone’s record now stands at 5-6, 4-1 in the James River District. Bluestone returns to JRD action tonight when they take on the Goochland Bulldogs in a road match-up. The team plays at home on Friday versus Buckingham.

Bluestone opened their first-round tournament game Thursday in South Boston with a solid first quarter performance against the Rockets. Bluestone led at 7-6 after a Jordan Hill 3-pointer. Bluestone’s Keith Gregory, Michael Harris and Patrick Alexander also had a decent first quarters and at the end of one, Bluestone was within one point of their Person County rivals, 16-15.

Hill had five points to lead the Barons in the frame. Harris and Alexander each had four points.

The second quarter was when matters went south for Bluestone. The Barons scored six points in the period at the same time Person unleashed a 22-point barrage.

Person ran the score to 27-15 in the second period before Bluestone’s Devon Pettus dropped a deuce. Teammate Chris Hillard knocked down a trey. Person led at the half 38-21.

The Barons got back on track in the third quarter, outpacing Person 18-14. Gregory posted eight points in the period. Cam Tucker had five points, and Harris contributed four-points.

Person outpointed Bluestone in the fourth quarter, knocking down 18 points while holding the Barons to 17. Harris had five points in the final frame.

Pettus and Hill added a three pointer each. Though the Barons played well for three quarters, the lopsided second quarter result was just too much to overcome against a good Rockets team.

Bluestone also waged a tight consolation battle with Gretna on Friday. The Barons played a great game but came up just short of victory, 71-70.

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