The Bluestone boys varsity team opened their season on Tuesday, December 3 against James River District foe Central Lunenburg. The Barons came away with 64-26 victory to get the season started on the right foot. Bluestone was able to open up the game with 12 straight points before the Chargers were able to get any points on the scoreboard. Da’Trione (Dai Dai) Shearin led all scorers with 18 points, but the story was the unselfishness from the Bluestone players, and their ability to continue their defense first strategy. Holding Central to only 26 points was a strong start for that defense that Bluestone Head Coach George Lancaster is known for.
After the 12-0 start, the Barons were able to end the first quarter with a 18-6 lead. Michael Harris had 8 first quarter points, 2 of those coming on a thunderous dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. Bluestone exploded for 23 second quarter points and holding the Charger to only 8, taking a 41-14 lead into the locker room. Shearin had 8 points for the Barons in the second quarter and Tywen Hatcher added 6.
Coming out for the second half, the Barons were able to stretch their lead to 56-24 after three quarters. They were able to hold the Chargers to only 2 points in the fourth quarter to finish off the 64-26 win. After Dai Dai Shearin’s 18 points, the scoring was very well balanced for the Barons. Michael Harris finished with 10 points, Tywen Hatcher and Larry Bullock had 8 each, Victor Small had 6, Xavier Sturdifen 5, Keevonta Jones 3 and Kwamel Mayo and Dayton Edmonds finished with 2 each.
The scorebook reflects what leading scorer Da’Trione Shearin spoke about after the game. Shearin was quick to deflect the spotlight off of himself after leading both teams in scoring, by talking about his team. “There are no I’s on this team. I feel like we have more chemistry than last year, and we try and come together more.” Shearin said. When asked about the great defense that the team played, Shearin echoed words Coach Lancaster preaches to the team daily, “Defense leads to offense. Our defense is better because of (the teams) communication.” Shearin went on to say.
Head Coach George Lancaster was happy with the effort and execution of his team on Tuesday night. He praised his team for the way they have come together. He says that they have done this on their own, and it is definitely a plus. “They are a fun team to coach.” Lancaster said. “They think like I think, and they are energized.” Lancaster added. Coach Lancaster says his team is fundamentally getting better and that their defense is what they work for.
The Barons defense was in midseason form on Tuesday night as they were able to stifle the Chargers on offense. They were very active all night all over the court, and it led to a season opening victory. The Barons hit the road on Tuesday, December 10 to take on Buckingham in what should be the first test of the season for Bluestone. Tip off for the varsity team should be around 7:00 p.m. depending on when the JV game finishes.