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Rally comes up short as Bluestone falls to Nottoway
SoVaNow.com / January 25, 2017A second half rally by the Bluestone varsity boys against Nottoway on Friday night fell short and Bluestone dropped an important James River District contest to the Cougars, 50-45.
The loss left Bluestone in fourth place in the district, atf 7-4. Nottoway moved into a tie for second with Goochland at 8-4, while Amelia resides atop at 9-1.
In Friday’s loss, the Barons were never really out of the game — they just couldn’t sustain four quarters of good offense and defense.
Early foul trouble and problems scoring against the zone defense of Nottoway hampered the Barons for most of the game.
Bluestone’s Chris Hicks-Gregory opened the game with a driving layup for the 2-0 Baron lead. Nottoway went on a 5-0 run for the 5-2 lead.
Patrick Alexander and Gregory responded for Bluestone to put the Barons back on top 6-5. But with 4:34 left in the first quarter, Nottoway took a 7-6 lead and wouldn’t relinquish it until 1:39 was left in the third.
Nottoway led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter. Gregory had six points to lead Bluestone.
The second period was another low-scoring effort on the Barons part. Though Bluestone stayed close in the quarter, they never presented anything solid.
The team would play smother defense on one play, and on the next, Nottoway would drive the lane like no one was at home.
Gregory, who had been playing good offense and defense, began to get in foul trouble. This hurt the Barons’ efforts, especially having a big man in the lane to contest shots.
Nottoway jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the top of the second. Bluestone pulled within one off of some great scoring by Alexander, Raquan Canada and Nyier Wilson.
Nottoway used a 6-0 run to finish the quarter and went to halftime, leading Bluestone, 23-16.
Gregory returned for Bluestone to start the third, and this opened up things on the perimeter some. Canada had a decent quarter knocking down seven points and played nice defense.
With 1:39 remaining in the third, Canada drilled a three-pointer to move Bluestone ahead by one point at 30-29. With 15 ticks left, Nottoway held for the last shot and hit the deuce to go into the final quarter up 31-30.
A quick basket by Carleon Robertson off of a steal put Bluestone back up. Nottoway scored but a Wilson deuce and an Alexander trey had Bluestone leading 40-34 with less than four minutes left in the game.
Gregory had fouled out by this time. Nottoway staged a 7-0 run to take the 41-40 lead.
The Cougars ended the game on a 5-3 run. All points scored by both teams from 2:29 in the fourth until the buzzer came at the foul line.
Bluestone has another busy week of action, which began yesterday. The Barons traveled to Central Lunenburg last night for a matchup.
The team finishes out the week with a Thursday home game against Amelia and a makeup game on Saturday with Cumberland at home.
Bluestone 61, Buckingham 58
Tevarius Brooks scored 13 points, had three assists and went four-of-five from the line as Bluestone defeated Buckingham 61-58.
Both teams had decent offensive performances on the night and never really let the game get out of reach.
Bluestone led 12-10 at the end of the first and posted 26-second-quarter points to take a 38-30 lead into the half.
Defense was the name of the third quarter, as each team posted their lowest scores of the night. Bluestone had nine points, and Buckingham only eight in the third.
Buckingham outscored Bluestone in the fourth 20-14 but the 26-point second period helped to claim the 61-58 win.
Bluestone 57, Prince Edward 51
This matchup has turned into a great JRD contest over the past four seasons, and Tuesday’s game didn’t disappoint.
Bluestone’s Raquan Canada was on point in this game, leading all scorers with 18 points and added nine assists and six steals to the mix.
Bluestone jumped out to an early 16-9 first quarter lead. The Barons posted 14 points in the second to take the 30-21 lead into the half.
The teams battled each other close in the third, with Bluestone winning the frame 11-9.
PE outscored the Barons in the final period 20-16, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Bluestone win at 57-51.
Box Score: R. Canada 18, N. Wilson 9, N. Atwater 3, C. Robertson 4, C. Gregory 6, P. Alexander 12, W. Evans 1, T. Brooks, 6.
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