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Boys’ Basketball: Gray’s Creek 58, East Bladen 27

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HOPE MILLS – Senior Xzavier Thaggard poured in 26 points Monday night in his 1st game since transferring to Gray’s Creek and led the Bears to a 58-27 non-conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen.

Thaggard, a point guard, was rated as one of the top 80 players in South Carolina before transferring from Trinity Collegiate School in Darlington, SC. Against East he nailed five 3-point shots and fired in 24 points before halftime as the Bears built leads of 16-3 and 43-16 at the quarter breaks.

Junior Malcolm Bolden scored 5 of his 9 points for East Bladen in the opening half. Junior center Zamar Lewis added 6 points for the Eagles. Ari Fulton followed Thaggard on the Bear scoring list with 13 points.

The Eagles, now 2-2, will travel to Whiteville Friday night.

East Bladen       3  13   4  7 – 27
Gray’s Creek  16  27  11  4 – 58

EAST BLADEN (27) – Malcolm Bolden 9, Dominick Collins 2, Jordan Mathis 1, Lee Barnes 3, Jacob Nixon, Cameron White, Nazire Smith 2, Ahmad Powell, Malaki Monroe 4, Zamar Lewis 6.

GRAY’S CREEK (58) – Caleb Jones 2, Kawamonie Chapel 2, Johntrael Charles 3, Eden Hilton-Epps 2, Camonte Williams 5, Travis Harrison 2, Christian Walker 2, Xzavier Thaggard 26, Ari Fulton 13.