SKIPWITH - The Bluestone Barons got off to a fast start in the first quarter by out scoring the Greensville County Eagles18-12, but could not hold the lead as the third seed Eagles of the Tri-River District outscored the second seed Barons of the James River District 51-37 over the last three quarters of their semi-final match to defeat the Barons 63-55 and advance to finals of the Region 2A East finals on Friday evening at Goochland, who had advanced to the finals with a win over Brunswick after drawing a bye in their first round game.
In the Bluestone-Greensville semi-final game, six points by Christopher Gregory and a three and a two pointer each by Nile Atwater and Jordan Hill helped Bluestone take an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But, the Eagles out scored Bluestone 20-8 in the second quarter and 12-6 in the third quarter to build a 44-32 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Bluestone came back in the final quarter to out score Greensville County 23-19 in the fourth quarter to cut the final margin to only eight points, 63-55.
The Eagles were 11 of 18 from the line in the fourth quarter to maintain their lead as the Barons converted only five of 10 from the line in the final quarter.
Bluestone went into the game as the number two seed compared to the Eagles were the third seed.
Michael Harris, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead Bluestone's scoring with 15 points. Atwater followed with 12 points on two threes, two twos and two of four from the line. Gregory added 10 points on four twos and two of four from the line.
Sophomore Zykeem Fields led the Eagles scoring with 25 points, including eight of 14 from the line. Lehzan Peebles follow with 12 points and Senior Jahlil Fields had nine points.
Bluestone finished the season with an overall record of 17 and 8. The Barons will lose seven seniors. They are Chris Hilliard, Jordan Hill, Dale Sturdifen, Jr., Taveion Small, Devin Pettus, Chris Gregory and Xavier Johnson.