Pull Away: Blue Ridge rides strong fourth quarter to win over VES

Photo by Brian Mellott

Blue Ride’s boys basketball team got a little bit of a slow start against Virginia Episcopal, trailing by two at the half.


But the Barons’ fourth quarter was anything but slow as the Barons pulled away in the final frame for a 55-41 win over VES, preserving a tenuous hold on the top spot in the loaded VIC.


Blue Ridge trailed 18-16 at the break and was down by two points still going into the third. But in the fourth, the offense got going and Blue Ridge reeled off 23 points including 10 from William Lee, who knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points on the night. Michael Gray had five points in the frame and Chris Rogers, Savion Helm and Andy Nwaoko also helped spur the fourth quarter surge.


Lee finished with a team high 15 points while Rogers had 10 points, three assists, three steals and just two turnovers. Jaden Frazier had eight rebounds on the night. Sasha Glushov had five rebounds to go with seven first half points.


Blue Ridge fell to VES in their first meeting back in January, but with the split and a win over Miller, the Barons are currently No. 1 in the conference while also holding the state’s top ranking in VISAA’s Division II. If Miller managed to take care of business against VES Saturday and then Hargrave next week, it’ll set up the Blue Ridge/Miller matchup on February 13 as a de facto regular season championship game in St. George.