12/04/2022
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BLADENBORO – Juniors Lefrederick Wooten, RaSean McKoy and Zach Meares combined for 43 points Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 60-41 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen.

Wooten made his first start at point guard and just missed a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Eagles. “Freddy did a great job in his first start at the point,” said East Bladen Coach Aking Elting. “That’s the least turnovers that we have had in a game this year.”

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Meares and RaSean McKoy scored 14 points each. McKoy grabbed 7 rebounds, and center Javant McDowell pulled down 14 rebounds and tallied 5 points.

“I am so proud of Javant,” said Elting. “He kept his head and had a big game. This was a big win for the whole team. They really played well.”

Senior Tyre Boykin scored all 41 Knight points. “I have never seen one player score all the points before – not in a high school game,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait.

Senior Tayshaun Berkeley canned 2 free throws, McDowell dropped in a lay-up and tapped in a rebound, and RaSean McKoy put back a rebound for an 8-3 lead. Boykin bombed in an early 3-pointer, flipped in a floater, then buried 2 more 3-point shots for an 11-8 Knight lead. A pair of Jacob Priest free throws whittled the lead to 11-10 at the quarter break.

Meares and Wooten opened the second quarter with 3-point baskets. Boykin pulled up a for a 17-footer, but Meares drilled in another 3-ball. Boykin popped in a 16-footer and a free throw, but a Meares assist resulted in a RaSean McKoy lay-up and a 21-16 East halftime lead.

A McDowell assist produced a Berkeley lay-up, and Wooten sank 2 free throws and a 3-point shot for a 28-16 lead. A pair of Boykin lay-ups and a free throw was offset by lay-ups from RaSean McKoy and Wooten.

Boykin delivered a 3-ball and 2 free throws to narrow the lead to 33-27, but 2 lay-ups and a free throw by RaSean McKoy pushed the Eagle lead to 38-27 at the third quarter break.

Priest hurled in a runner to start the fourth period, but Boykin banked in a runner and tossed in an 8-footer and a free throw to close the gap to 40-32. Senior Juwan Baldwin drove for a lay-up, but Boykin responded with 2 free throws and another 3-ball to keep the margin at 45-37 with 3:12 remaining.

Wooten beat the press for a lay-up and later added 2 free throws. Meares cashed in 6 free throws, and Baldwin hit two. RaSean McKoy netted a late lay-up to cap the Eagles 15-4 closing run.

Boykin used 9 2-point baskets, 4 3-point bombs and 11 free throws to rack up his 41 points.

The Eagles, now 3-13, travel to West Columbus Tuesday night. West Bladen, now 5-13, visit Whiteville Friday night.

East Bladen   10  11  17  22 – 60
West Bladen  11    5  11  14 – 41

EAST BLADEN (60) – Tayshaun Berkeley 4, RaSean McKoy 14, Zach Meares 14, Javant McDowell 5, Lefrederick Wooten 15, Juwan Baldwin 4, Jacob Priest 4.

WEST BLADEN (41) – Gary Parker, Josh Lewis, Shy’Ron Adams, Tyre Boykin 41, Jadacus Register, Donovan Stone, Deonte Lacy, Tra’shawn Ballard, Nijeah McKoy, Xayvon Davis, Nolan Bryant.