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Park View tops Bluestone in rematch

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Azaria Williams skies to the hoop in action against Bluestone on Wednesday. (Mike Moseley photo) / December 27, 2017
The highly anticipated hoops rematch between Bluestone and Park View took place in Skipwith on Wednesday night, with Park View handing Bluestone their worst loss of the season, 77-49.

With the victory, Park View remain No. 1 in the Tri-Rivers District with a record of 8-0. Bluestone dropped to 4-4l but held steady at No. 3 in the James River District with a league record of 4-1.

Bluestone was coming off of an 83-81 OT win Tuesdayover JRD opponent Nottoway.

The contest looked like it may be competitive for the first couple of possessions.

The one thing that killed the Barons in this game was their rebounding, which was next to none. With Park View’s control of the boards, a stifling defense and a propensity to play some of the most unselfish basketball witnessed this season, it was just too much for Bluestone to overcome on a night where nothing seemed to go right for the team.

Park View opened the game with a 12-2 run. This wouldn’t have been so bad for the Barons, but Bluestone couldn’t buy a shot — and this would continue throughout the first half of play for Bluestone.

Park View followed that run with an 8-2 outburst for a 20-4 lead with little time remaining in the first quarter. A 4-4 scoring exchange closed out the first with Park View leading 24-8.

Bluestone was 2-of-18 from the floor in the first quarter. Bluestone’s Chris Gregory and Patrick Alexander scored four each in the frame. Alexander finished the game as Bluestone’s leading scorer with 27 points.

The Dragons were led by Demetrius Bugg with 10 points. Bugg led all scorers on the night with 29 points. Maratavious Holmes scored seven in the first quarter; Dre’Andre Miles posted five points.

The second quarter was much like the first for both teams.

Bluestone was able to break double digits in the second quarter, knocking down 14 points. Patrick had 12 of that total.

Park View more than doubled its first quarter output, scoring 28 points. The Dragons’ scoring during the frame was balanced, with six different players posting points.

Bugg led the way in the second quarter with eight points. Charlzae Holmes and Hunter Sykes added seven apiece. Park View led at the half, 52-24.

Bluestone had its most productive quarter in the third, hitting 15 points. Patrick scored seven, with teammate Jordan Hill contributing four points.

Park View drilled 18 points in the frame to keep up the pressure on Bluestone. Bugg knocked down eight, Miles had four and Niles Atwater had a breakaway slam dunk that even the Barons fans had to appreciate.

Both coaches gave their bench rotations some playing time in the final quarter and it was a good way for the teams to get in some much need playing time for their reserves. The Barons ended the game with 12 points in the quarter; Park View totaled seven points for the 77-49 final score.

Bluestone took some time off over the Christmas break, but will compete in the Halifax Holiday Classic beginning Thursday at Halifax County High School in South Boston.

Park View will return to district action Jan. 3, when they take on Surry County in a road game.

Box Scores:

PV – J. Seward 2, M. Holmes 15, C. Holmes 9, N. Atwater 2, L. House 2, D. Miles 9, D. Bugg 28, H. Sykes 7, J. Dugger 3.

Bluestone – D. Pettus 3, J. Hill 4, C. Robinson 1, C. Gregory 8, P. Alexander 27, M. Harris 4, G. Hurt 2.

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