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JV Barons fall to Park View down the wire, 57-52 / December 24, 2018
Bluestone's Nic Abernathy led all scorers with 19 points and the Bluestone jayvees took a 23-19 lead into halftime, but it wouldn’t be enough as Park View used some late-game heroics including a trey-and-one with 23 seconds left to play to rally for a 57-52 win.

This was a solid performance by both teams, giving fans on both sides lots to cheer about. When it was all over, the coaches had nothing but praise for their players.

“I just proud of them,” said coach Aleko Mangum. “They played with all their heart. The fouls took them out the game a little bit. But if you weren’t here tonight, you missed one heck of a ball game. I am so proud of my boys. My boys are getting better.”

Much like the varsity team, sometimes the jayvees struggle with foul shooting. Mangum said it’s something they work on, but he’s not overly concerned right now.

“We practice shooting foul shots and the guys hit them in practice,” Mangum noted. “It is a mental thing and I’m just telling the guys to just relax at the line during the games. A lot of it is mental.”

With four minutes left in the final quarter, Bluestone was already in the bonus. But Mangum expressed overall happiness with the players for both teams and the fans who like he said got to see a great high school game before Christmas.

Mangum said that his team won’t be in any Christmas tournaments but hopes that maybe one or two of his players may be able to see some playing time with the varsity squad when they play in the Halifax Holiday Classic after Christmas. That will be determined by varsity head coach George Lancaster if he feels he wants to expand his squad. Currently the Bluestone jayvees are 2-3 in the James River District and hold fourth place.

Park View jayvee head coach Dakota Mitchell said he, too, was proud of his team, especially after the win against the Barons.

“It’s always good to beat Bluestone,” Mitchell said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game for us. We just tried to handle the pressure a little bit better than we did in the first game (the teams met earlier this season) and make sure we put pressure on them a little more and make them make some mistakes.”

Mitchell said in the first half, Bluestone put pressure on the Junior Dragons and they didn’t respond positively, making mental errors. “But we came back in the second half and played some very sound basketball.”

And about that three-point shot with the foul to make a four-point swing in the game, Mitchell said that came about during the week. The coach explained that PV varsity head coach Danny Watkins decided to move Anthony Gardner down from varsity to jayvee to give him more playing time and experience. Gardner made the all-important late trey and drew the foul for a four-point play.

“He really showed up tonight, he played excellent tonight and he really jelled with the team,” Coach Mitchell concluded. “It was a very excellent decision by head coach Danny Watkins of the varsity.

Game Report:

Each team held the other close in the first half. Bluestone posted 11 points in the first and was paced by five points from Abernathy, with one of his shots a trey. Victor Small dropped in four points.

PV knocked down 12 points in the first period and was led by Gardner’s five points which also included a three-pointer. Jaheim Lewis also drained a trey in the frame.

The second period was also a hotly contested match with Bluestone taking the second 12-7. Bluestone led at the half, 23-19.

As the third period started, PV used a 9-5 run to tie the game at 28-28 with 4:30 remaining in the frame. Bluestone moved ahead slightly at 33-32 at the 1:44 mark.

PV tied the game at 33-33 when Nicholas Johnson, who paced PV with 15 points on the night, hit one-of-two at the line. Johnson and Adam Crabel pushed PV out to the 37-34 lead entering the fourth period.

The final period had fans from both schools on their feet. PV moved out to a quick 39-34 lead. Bluestone tied the game at 41-41 and again at 43-43 with 4:20 on the clock.

Bluestone took the lead at 52-51 with 33 seconds in the game. This is when Gardner hit the dagger-trey, plus one point at the line to put the game out of reach for Bluestone. The Junior Dragons took the 57-52 win back to South Hill.

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