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Bluestone’s senior guard/forward Chris Gregory led all scorers on the night with 20 points vs. Maggie Walker. (Mike Moseley photo)
SoVaNow.com / February 20, 2019

After receiving a first round bye in the VHSA Region 2A basketball playoffs, Bluestone Barons (17-7) welcomed Maggie Walker Governor’s School to Skipwith on Monday night and thrashed the Green Dragons, 64-24.

Bluestone will play the No. 3 Greensville High School Eagles (17-8) tonight in Skipwith at 7 p.m. The Eagles also earned a first round bye and bested Nandua High School on Monday night, 63-42. Nandua (#11) advanced out of the opening round after pulling the upset win over No. 6 King William. Maggie Walker (#7) advanced to the second round of the tournament after defeating Amelia (#10) on Friday night, 64-33.

Against Maggie Walker, Bluestone established its presence on defense early in the game and never relented.

Coach George Lancaster said the Barons are always improving in every area of their game. Against MWGS that hard work was rewarded, on both sides of the ball and on the scoreboard.

“You want to improve each and every practice and each and every game you participate in,” said Lancaster. “We’re getting better, we’re shooting the ball better because we been working on it. We’re shooting free throws better because we’ve been working on it. Playing defense better because those are all things we work on.

“When you work on things you will improve. We’re improving I believe at the right time. Hopefully we can be successful yet again” — referring to the game tonight — “and move on. It’s a great experience for the kids and great recognition for the community and the school and that’s how we look at it.”

Perhaps the best example of this in the game — and there were plenty — was in the third period on a shot by Bluestone’s Xavier Johnson. Johnson missed the first shot which he clearly felt he should have made. He battled for three rebounds and put-backs under the boards before the shot finally went down. That series was indicative of how Bluestone played the entire game: determined.

Bluestone and Greensville should match up well in size and athleticism. Hopefully for Barons fans, Bluestone’s defense will be in full force and create offensive scoring opportunities such as it did against MWGS and minimize the Eagles’ offense. For his part, Lancaster said he knows the Barons will bring all they have to the game and leave it on the court

“I love coaching the kids. They’re real responsive to direction, they play hard, they play smart and they play together,” Lancaster said.

From the opening tip of the game Bluestone’s defense was unrelenting as Maggie Walker didn’t hit their first basket until the 4:10 mark in the first period. Bluestone opened the first period with a 7-0 run.

Mike Harris, Xavier Johnson and Nile Atwater each had a basket during the run, with Atwater adding a point at the foul line. Maggie Walker’s Alan Lai hit a basket before the Barons ended the first period with a 6-2 run and a 13-4 lead.

Da’Trione Shearin hit a basket for Bluestone as the second period began. Behind the shooting of Chris Gregory and Shearin, the Barons moved out to a 25-4 lead.

MWGS got two quick baskets by Rashad Seaborne to close the gap at 25-8. From here on the Barons limited the Green Dragons to just one point. Bluestone ended the period on a 10-1 onslaught for the 35-9 lead at the half.

Gregory paced Bluestone in the second with eight points. Shearin drained two three-pointers in the frame. Atwater and Jordan Hill had a trey each.

Bluestone’s offense was still on fire as the team returned to the court, scoring 25 points in the third period. Atwater posted nine points in the frame and Gregory eight points. Shearin had four points; Harris and Johnson added two points each.

In the final period with a 4:50 remaining in the game, Lancaster started bringing in his second and third rotations. Bluestone posted four points in the fourth on regulation baskets by Gregory and Nick Abernathy’s two points at the foul line for the 64-24 win.

Gregory led all players on the night with 20 points. Atwater dropped in 16 and Shearin 12 points.






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