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Season ends for Barons with 2A playoff loss to Greensville

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Bluestone’s Chris Gregory. (Mike Moseley photo) / February 27, 2019

The No. 2 seed Bluestone was eliminated from the Region 2A postseason tournament Wednesday night in Skipwith when they lost 63-55 to the No. 3 seed Greensville County of the Tri-Rivers District.

After routing Maggie Walker Governor’s School 64-24 the prior Monday, Bluestone needed to win to qualify for the VHSL state tournament.

The No. 1 seed Goochland won the Region 2A championship on Friday in a squeaker over the Eagles, 55-53. Goochland had advanced to the finals with a 96-89 win over the No. 4 seed Brunswick. Goochland and Greensville will advance to state tournament action.

Against Greensville, Bluestone came out fired-up and played as such during the first period. Bluestone had an 18-12 lead at the end of the frame. Chris Gregory had six points in the first; Nile Atwater and Jordan Hill had a trey and regulation basket each.

Bluestone 5-of-12 in the period on regulation baskets, 2-of-8 on three-pointers and 2-of-4 at the foul line.

Greensville came out in the second period playing a lot more disciplined and determined on offense and defense. The teams traded baskets for two series before the Eagles knotted the game at 22-22.

Greensville then went on an 8-0 run to bring the score to 30-22. The teams ended the first half with the Eagles leading 32-26.

Shooting percentages for Bluestone in the second frame were 3-of-11 on deuces and 2-of-2 at the foul line.

Jahlil Fields led Greensville with 14 points in the first half. Fields’ younger brother Zykeem along with Lezhan Peebles had six points each; Jermonta James posted four points and Antwan Walton two points, in first-half action.

Bluestone scored six points in the third. And although they held Greensville to 12 points, there was trouble in the way the Eagles were scoring — penetrating the lane, screening and setting picks for the perimeter shooters and just moving quicker than the Barons in general.

Bluestone was 2-15 on two-point attempts, 0-4 on treys and 2-4 at the foul line in the third period. Da’Trione Shearin and Mike Harris had a basket each. Atwater and Gregory added one point apiece at the charity stripe. Bluestone was down by a dozen, 44-32, at the end of the frame.

The Barons’ most productive quarter came in the fourth when they scored 23 points. Bluestone’s Nic Abernathy drained a deep trey to open the fourth which helped to get the home crowd back in the game.

Atwater hit one-of-two at the line before Greensville hit a couple of buckets. Abernathy was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit one-of-three at the line. Harris followed with a nice shot on the Barons’ next series, pulling Bluestone to within 48-39 with 4:50 remaining in the game.

Six points by Harris and an Atwater trey made the score 56-48. But Bluestone would struggle to gain any real ground as Greensville had 19 points in the closing quarter. The Eagles went on to claim a spot in the VHSL state championships with the 63-55 win.

Harris had 10 points to lead the Barons in the fourth. Atwater and Abernathy had six points each. The Barons shot 6-of-15 on two-pointers, 2-of-6 on treys and 5-of-10 at the foul line in the final period.

On the night Bluestone was 16-of-50 on two-point attempts, 4-of-22 on treys and 11-of-20 from the charity stripe. The Barons were just a step slow to react on offense and defense on several occasions —and playing at the regional level doesn’t afford teams many miscues.

For the Eagles, Z. Fields scored 17 second half points, 13 in the third period. Walton and Peebles contributed six points each in second half play.

Though the loss to Greensville was disappointing for Barons fans, the regular season was quite enjoyable under first year head coach George Lancaster. Bluestone finished the regular season as co-champions of the James River District regular season with a record of 15-1.

Bluestone entered the JRD conference tournament as the No. 2 seed but fell in semi-final play to No. 3 Cumberland, 40-38. Bluestone had two players named to the JRD all-district first team, Gregory and Harris. Atwater was voted to the second team.

The Barons received a first-round bye in the region tournament as the No. 2 seed, defeating Maggie Walker before falling to Greensville to end the season.

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