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LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus rolled to 36-16 first half lead and held on for a 61-51 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Friday night.

T. J. Barr bombed in a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter, and Graylan Daniels threw in 5 points to lead the Gators to an early 15-6 lead. Seniors Messiah Leach and Sincere Smith drained 3-point shots for the Eagle points.

Barr blistered the nets with four more 3-point shots in the second quarter as the Gator lead swelled to 36-16.

Smith threw in a basket and a free throw for East Bladen in the period. Senior Deondre Newkirk nailed a 3-point shot, and Adonis Avery and Bryon Bowen sank 2 free throws each.

Smith lit up the scoreboard with a trio of baskets and a 3-point shot for the Eagles in the third quarter. Avery buried a 3-point shot and another basket in the quarter, and Newkirk and freshman center Javant McDowell netted baskets as the Eagles narrowed the gap to 50-34.

Newkirk fired in a 3-point shot and another basket in the fourth period. Bowen dropped in 2 baskets, Leach sank a basket and 2 free throws, and Avery hurled in a 3-point shot.

Smith topped the Eagle scoring with 16 points, and Newkirk and Avery followed with 10 points each. Leach added 7 points, and Bowen scored 6.

Barr’s six 3-point shots in the first half accounted for all of his 18 points. Daniels finished with 15 points for East Columbus.

The Eagles will host South Robeson Tuesday night.

EAST BLADEN (51) –Adonis Avery 10, Bryon Bowen 6, Keshaun Davis, Messiah Leach 7, Pierce Melvin, Javant McDowell 2, Sincere Smith 16, Deondre Newkirk 10, Reashoid Pone.