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Trojans, Cougars battle it out on the hardwood / January 31, 2018

The Bluestone Middle School boys and girls basketball teams matched up with the Cougars of Park View Middle Wednesday night and while both games were exciting and action-packed, the boys game was a real corker.

The Trojan boys escaped with their first win of the season, 34-33, despite a big night for Park View’s Tamarion Thomas, who led all scorers with 15 points. Thomas scored his first two points just 10 seconds in and got his second basket 35 seconds later as the Cougars dominated the opening period, 13-4. Ernest Jones had a trey to lead the Bluestone effort.

The second period saw the Trojans getting their act together defensively as they held the Cougars to just one point on a free throw by T. Thomas. Meanwhile, the BMS offense found a bit of a rhythm with 10 points to pull into a 14 all tie as the teams retired to the locker rooms. The Trojans’ Victor Small showed his athleticism as he scored six of his team’s points to lead all scorers in the second period.

The third period was a high scoring affair as the teams combined for 28 points. Unfortunately for PVMS, Bluestone got 16 of those 28 points. The Trojans got a balanced effort as Garrett Allgood, Small and J. Crawly got four points each and E. Jones and S. Pettus added two apiece. Three of Allgood’s four for the Cougars came on a sweet trey from just outside the three point line.

T. Thomas continued to light it up for the Cougars, getting six points and also executing a couple of no look passes for assists. T. Alexander added four and T. Hawkins got two to round out the PV effort.

The fourth period opened with Bluestone holding onto a four-point lead. Things started slowly for both teams as there was no scoring for the first two minutes. But then there was a flurry of activity as each squad matched the efforts of the other. The Trojan defense proved to be the difference.

With BMS clinging to a three-point lead, E. Jones drew a foul with 38.3 seconds to play. As he stepped to the line the PV faithful were going crazy in an effort to distract the young player. His first shot fell just short, bouncing off of the front of the rim. The second shot dropped right through though and the Cougars found themselves trailing by four, 35-31.

After committing a turnover with 10.6 seconds to, BMS called a timeout to settle down and to plot out a defense to prevent a miracle by the Cougars. The final sequence saw Travonte Hawkins break free and score an easy two points for PVMS with three seconds to play, but it wasn’t enough and the Trojans escaped with their first victory 34-33.

PVMS T. Alexander 6, T. Thomas 15, T. Hawkins 7, C. Puryear 5

BMS G. Allgood 4, E. Jones 8, V. Small 13, J. Crawley 4 K. Jones 2, S. Pettus 4

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