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Gregory reaches 1000-point mark for career, Barons defeat Nottoway 44-38

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Bluestone’s Chris Gregory with his 1000th point. (Mike Moseley photo) / January 30, 2019

When Bluestone (13-5, (13-0 JRD) faced off with Nottoway last Tuesday night, two things were on the minds of Barons fans — would Chris Gregory get his 1000th point in his high school career, and could Bluestone remain undefeated in the James River District.

Fortunately, both missions were accomplished as Gregory hit the 1000-point mark in second half action and the Barons bested Nottoway 44-38 in another low-scoring affair.

Gregory’s teammates and fans for both teams celebrated the shot that came with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter. Entering the game, Gregory was only six points away from reaching the milestone.

The 6’3”, 190-pound senior, who recently returned to action after suffering an ankle/foot injury that kept him on the bench for nearly three weeks, looked anxious as the game started, as did his teammates. Shot after shot seemed to miss the mark for Gregory in the first quarter and at the end of one he only had one point and the Barons were down 8-5.

As the second period began, Nottoway hit a regulation basket for the 10-5 score. Gregory was fouled on the next series and went to the line to shoot two. Both shots were off the mark but on the next trip down the court Gregory pushed to the rim for his third point of the game.

After a deuce by Michael Harris and a three-pointer by Nile Atwater, Bluestone took the 12-10 lead with 3:47 left in the second period. The teams locked at 14-14 and 16-16 before the Barons made a final push and Jordan Hill popped a trey to give the Barons the 19-16 halftime lead. Gregory at this point was one point shy of reaching a thousand on his career.

Bluestone appeared more settled and looser as they took to the court in the third period. Nottoway opened with a basket to pull within one point.

Bluestone and Nottoway tied the score at 25-25 before Gregory used his strength to muscle to the goal for his 1000th point with 4:17 remaining in the period. Bluestone called timeout as the Baron players rushed the court to wish Gregory congratulations.

Local sports reporter, Bob Howerton, who is also a Barons Hall of Fame member, presented Gregory with a basketball signed by the coaching staff and players. After the presentation it was back to business for the Barons.

Nottoway knotted the score at 28-28 and went on to go up 32-30 as the period ended. The Cougars moved ahead 34-30 before Bluestone rallied a 10-0 run to take the 40-34 lead.

Bluestone wouldn’t relinquish the lead again and went on to win the game, 44-38.

In an interview before the game with, Barons coach George Lancaster raved about Gregory’s character and approach to the game, which have helped him live up to his athletic potential. “Chris Gregory is a wonderful young athlete who plays three different sports — baseball, basketball and football. He’s a consummate hard-worker, understands the game, a very good defender, a decent ball-handler, distributes the ball and goes to the basket extremely well.” And Gregory has lived up to those comments.

In keeping with his humble character, Gregory for his part was happy to reach the thousand-point mark and said he was thankful and appreciative for family and of all those that had helped him accomplish the achievement.

Game report:

Bluestone won the tip and Michael Harris posted a deuce to start the game. Nottoway answered with a deuce and trey to take the 5-2 lead.

Both teams scored three points each, with Dale Sturdifen, Jr. knocking down a bucket and Gregory hitting one-of-two at the foul line to finish out the first period with the Cougars up 8-5.

Nottoway began the second period with a regulation basket to move ahead 10-5. Gregory and Harris both hit for two points each, while Nile Atwater buried a deep trey to put the Barons ahead 12-10 at the 3:47 mark.

Nottoway kept the game close but baskets by Gregory and Harris, along with another Atwater three-pointer gave the Barons the 19-16 halftime lead.

Nottoway started the third period with a deuce basket to pull within one. Atwater answered with two regulation baskets and teammate Da’Trione Shearin added a bucket to push Bluestone to a 25-18 lead.

Nottoway surged for a 7-0 run to knot the score at 25-25. Bluestone’s Gregory hit the boards hard for the deuce to secure the 27-25 lead and make his 1000th high school career point. Nottoway was unfazed and worked to a 32-30 lead to end the third.

The Cougars scored first to open the final period and take the 34-30 lead. Bluestone then posted 10 straight points — by Harris (4), Gregory (4) and Atwater (2) — to go up 40-34.

Atwater and Harris posted the Barons’ final four points in the game. Nottoway also closed out with four points for the 44-38 Barons’ win.

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