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Bluestone varsity boys throttle Nottoway on Senior Night, cling to regional tourney berth

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Bluestone senior point guard Larry Bullock posting two of his fourth period six points in Bluestone’s win on Senior Night. (Mike Moseley photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 12, 2020
The Bluestone boys varsity basketball team played a very determined game on Monday night to defeat the visiting Nottoway Cougars 65-58 on Senior Night.

Junior guard/forward Nic Abernathy scored 29 points to lead all players. Abernathy lit up the scoreboard in the second and third periods drilling 23 points.

Abernathy was aided by teammate Camrin Mortin who had a solid night of basketball for Bluestone. Mortin has played good defense throughout the season, in limited action, but on Monday night the 6’1” junior forward gained some confidence in his shooting abilities in knocking down 10 points in the final period to help lead Bluestone to the win.

With the victory, Bluestone is 6-15, 6-9 James River District and ranked No. 12 in Region 2A. The top 12 teams in the region will see post-season competition.

The Barons were scheduled to play their final game of the regular season last night (Tuesday) at Goochland. The Bulldogs defeated Bluestone earlier in the year, 46-35.

Before the game, senior basketball players Larry Bullock and Tywen Hatcher were recognized. Both players had an excellent night for the Barons on offense and especially defense.

Bullock applied serious pressure on defense at the top of the key and added six points. Hatcher had a nice game in the lane and on the blocks, causing several altered shots by Nottoway while posting four points.

In Monday night’s matchup, Nottoway opened the first period with a 5-0 run. Bluestone junior guard Xavier Sturdifen hit the deuce to narrow the score to 5-2.

Nottoway pushed a 4-0 run to move out to a 9-2 lead. Abernathy and Hatcher hit a deuce each as the period came to a close to get the score to 9-6, Nottoway.

Hatcher opened the second period with a basket. The teams would go on a 5-5 run and with 4:01 remaining in the second Abernathy gave Bluestone its first lead of the night at 15-14.

Bluestone would take the lead again 17-16, but this would be the last time Bluestone led the period. The Barons went to halftime down by one point at 23-22.

Abernathy had 13 first-half points to pace Bluestone. Tyler Banks, a sophomore, paced Nottoway during the half with nine points. Banks led his team with 25 points and played a very skillful game.

At the top of the third frame, Abernathy scored a deuce. Nottoway responded with a basket and one-of-two at the line.

With 5:29 on the clock Abernathy sank a deep three pointer to put Bluestone out front, 27-26. The Barons would relinquish the lead by one point, 28-27, before going on to outscore the Cougars 12-6 to finish up the third, with Abernathy scoring seven of the 12.

Bluestone went to the final period up 39-34.

As the top of the fourth period, Mortin dropped in three baskets on some well thought-out attempts. Mortin’s shot selections were right on time and moved Bluestone out to the 45-34 lead, prompting Nottoway to take a timeout.

As the period wore down Nottoway closed the gap to 60-55 in Bluestone’s favor. This would be the closest the Cougars would get as the Barons went on to the 65-58 victory. Bullock posted all six of his points in the final frame.



Bluestone: X. Sturdifen 4, L. Bullock 6, V. Small 7, N. Abernathy 29, C. Mortin 12, T. Hatcher 4, K. Jones 3.



Nottoway: W. Lawson 3, Th. Oliver 5, T. Banks 25, D. Hamed 3, J. Schnell 3, T. Oliver 8, J. Hurte 2, T. Fowlkes 9.



Barons fall to

Prince Edward, 54-45

Bluestone played a decent second half in this game but went to halftime down 30-16 and just never recovered.

Nic Abernathy and Victor Small paced Bluestone with 17 and 13 points, in that order. Camrin Mortin added eight in the loss. Bluestone was down 17-7 at the end of the first period.

PE’s offense cooled down in the second as the Eagles posted 13 points. Bluestone scored nine over the course of the same time. PE led at the half 30-16.

Bluestone was much more competitive in the second half scoring a total of 29 points. The Barons had 11 third period points and 18 in the fourth frame.

But PE held consistent and put up 24 points in the second half, 10 points and 14 points, respectively. PE’s Hassaun Delaney headed all scorers in the game with 18 points.

Bluestone: L. Bullock 3, V. Small 13, N. Abernathy 17, C. Mortin 8, T. Hatcher 4.

PE: I. Dailey 9, J. Simon 5, H. Delaney 18, J. Watkins 9, C. Hicks 4, K. Jones 9.



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