BLADENBORO – Junior Tate Davis and senior Demond Perry keyed a 16-3 second-half run that propelled North Brunswick to a 58-48 victory over West Bladen Saturday in the final round of the Adidas Christmas Tournament.
Senior Nijeah McKoy dropped in a lay-up off of an assist from senior Tyre Boykin to pull the Knights to within 30-25 midway the third quarter, before Davis drained a pair of 3-point shots and flipped in a lay-up, and Perry added a lay-up and 3 free throws as the Scorpion lead grew to 46-28 with 6:54 remaining.
The Knights answered with a 13-3 spurt. Boykin turned a feed from freshman Gary Parker into a lay-up, and junior Josh Lewis drove for a lay-up. Boykin sank 4 free throws then buried a 3-point shot to slice the deficit to 49-41 at the 2:05 mark.
Perry and senior Elijah Elwood knocked in 2 free throws each for the Scorpions, but Boykin bombed in a 3-ball to keep the Knights within 53-46 with 43 seconds left. Two free throws each from Devonte Beatty and Davis plus a Davis lay-up sealed the verdict.
Davis topped the North scoring with 17 points, Beatty followed with 14 points, and Perry totaled 11 points.
Boykin poured in 26 points and had 5 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the Knights. McKoy finished with 8 points, and Lewis added 6 points. Parker grabbed 5 rebounds.
A Boykin lay-up started the game, but Beatty sparked a 12-0 North run with a pair of 3-point shots. Boykin halted the run with a long 3-pointer, Lewis hit a free throw, and McKoy turned a Boykin assist into a lay-up and a 3-point play as the Knights whittled the North lead to 15-9 at the quarter break.
Scorpion Levi Lindbert’s 3-ball started the second quarter, but Lewis tossed in a runner, junior Donovan Stone popped in a 10-footer and 2 free throws and McKoy converted a Parker feed into a 3-point play as the Knights closed the gap to 20-18. Elwood’s turn-around from the lane put North up 22-18 at the half.
Junior Shy’Ron Adams made 2 free throws, and Boykin drilled in a 3-pointer to keep West Bladen within 28-23 with 6:23 left in the third period.
West Bladen, now 4-6, will host West Columbus Friday night in a Three Rivers Conference game.
North Brunswick 15 7 19 17 – 58
West Bladen 9 9 10 20 – 48
North Brunswick (58) – Kam Mapson, Demond Perry 11, Decai Pettiford, Tate Davis 17, Bryce Yeoman 5, Devonte Beatty 14, Elijah Elwood 6, Levi Lindbert 3, Je’Rhonson Gamu 2, Gabe Smith, Tony Musacchio.
West Bladen (48) – Gary Parker 2, Josh Lewis 6, Shy’Ron Adams 2, Tyre Boykin 26, Donovan Stone 4, Tra’shawn Ballard, Nijeah McKoy 8, Xayvon Davis, Nolan Bryant.