December 13, 2011
It was a battle of two unbeatens Tuesday night at the Blue Ridge School when the Barons hosted Virginia Episcopal (5-1) in their home opener. After a back-and-forth battle in the opening half, Blue Ridge (4-0) ran away with the victory after a strong third quarter and held on for a 72-53 victory.
Junior guard Ahmad Fields scored a game-high 19 points, while fellow junior Jarod Williams added 18.
"We started pressing and they really couldn't handle the pressure," added Fields. "So we just kept pushing the ball, getting rebounds, playing defense and scoring."
Russian native Filipp Burnashov hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Blue Ridge a 34-30 lead at the break. In the third, the Barons went on a 16-0 run to lead 54-38.
"We hadn't started well in third quarters yet," said Blue Ridge head coach Bill Ramsey. "We talked about that right before they went out there and they realize that we could defend them and get up in there and cause problems for them. That was huge, that was that gap that won the game for us."
Blue Ridge outscored the Fighting Bishops 38-23 in the final two quarters to extend their perfect record to 4-0.
Last season, the Barons won the VIC Championship and finished as VISAA Division 1 State runners up. Their 25-2 record was the best in school history.
Virginia Episcopal is coached by former Virginia star Curtis Staples, who led the team to a VISAA Division III State Championship last year. They have since moved to Division II.