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Bluestone holds off Chargers in 73-66 win / January 09, 2013
The Bluestone varsity boys basketball team eked out a 73-66 win over James River District rival Central of Lunenburg on Friday as the season resumed after the holiday break.

The Barons raised their record to 4-5 overall, 2-1 in the James River District with the road victory. It came after the boys claimed a third place finish in the Halifax County Holiday Classic basketball tournament in South Boston on Dec. 26-27.

The Barons held a 56-40 lead over Central of Lunenburg after three quarters but had to stave off a furious comeback by the Chargers to secure the win. Central, led by senior forward David Haywood, staged a 26-point rally in the fourth quarter to nearly overcome Bluestone’s lead. But the Barons had enough of a margin — and did well enough at the free throw line, sinking 6-of-10 attempts — to hang on.

Bluestone took a 17-15 lead in the first quarter as the boys spread the wealth on offense. Seven players got on the scoreboard in the opening period, led by Ovon Bullock and Devin Roberts each with four points.

Marcus Tucker stepped up in the second quarter with six points while Darius Baskerville had four and Aaron Watson and Damien Wimbush each had three points, Watson’s coming on free throws and Wimbush’s on a three-point basket. The Barons stretched their lead to 35-28 at halftime after outscoring the Chargers 18-13 in the second quarter.

The third quarter was Bluestone’s best. The Barons put 21 points on the board as eight players contributed on offense. Chris Watson and Wimbush each sank treys and Tucker had five points on a pair of buckets and a free throw. The Barons also held Central to only 12 points as they finished the quarter with a 16-point lead.

Central of Lunenburg stormed back in the fourth as Haywood led the way with nine points. The Chargers also got a boost from Bluestone’s willingness to put them on the free throw line. Central had 18 foul shot opportunities, making half. Jaron Webb had three points in the frame, all on free throws, while Cody Forward had four on a free throw and a three-pointer.

Chris Watson rallied Bluestone in the quarter with five points, including 3-of-4 shooting at the charity stripe.

Tucker was the high scorer for Bluestone with 18 points. Also finishing in double figures for the Barons was Wimbush with 11 points. Baskerville followed with nine points, Chris Watson had eight and Dashawn Pamplin had seven. Three Barons — Aaron Watson, Bullock and Roberts — each finished with six points

The Chargers’ Haywood posted a game-high 27 points, followed by Joe Taylor with 11, Forward with 10 and Webb with eight.

The Barons were back in action last night [Tuesday] at Randolph-Henry and will play again this week when they travel to Buckingham Friday night to take on the Knights.

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