LELAND – North Brunswick exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 75-60 non-conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Friday night.
The Scorpions held a slim 47-46 lead after three quarters, but Demond Perry tossed in 2 baskets and 3 free throws in the final period, and teammates Davonte Beatty, Travis Lowe and Sean Devine scored 5 points each during the surge with Beatty and Lowe nailing 3-point shots.
Beatty topped the Scorpion scoring with 31 points, and Lowe and Perry finished with 11 points each.
Guard Greyson Heustess tossed in 2 baskets, senior Keshaun Davis sank 3 free throws, and Bryon Bowen and Javant McDowell hit 2 free throws each as the Eagles edged ahead 11-10 at the first quarter break.
Beatty blistered the nets with 18 points in the second quarter as the Scorpions knotted the score 34-34 at halftime.
McDowell, a sophmore center, dropped in 3 baskets and 3 free throws in the second period for East Bladen, and sophmore Freddy Wooten threw in a 3-point shot, another basket and 2 free throws in the quarter. Senior Pierce Melvin sank 4 free throws in the period.
Melvin and senior Darrell Banks buried 3-point shots in the third quarter, and Davis, Bowen and Wooten added baskets to keep East within 47-46. Melvin and Heustess bombed in 3-point shots in the final quarter, and McDowell made 4 straight free throws.
McDowell led the Eagle scoring with 15 points. Melvin and Wooten finished with 10 points each, and Heustess and Davis added 7 points each.
It was the season opener for the Eagles who will host Whiteville Tuesday night in their Three Rivers Conference opener.
East Bladen 11 23 12 14 – 60
North Brunswick 10 24 13 28 – 75
EAST BLADEN (60) – Keshaun Davis 7, Pierce Melvin 10, Greyson Heustess 7, Bryon Bowen 6, Javant McDowell 15, Juwan Baldwin 1, Freddy Wooten 10, Robbie Cooley, Darrell Banks 3, Tyshawn Berkeley, Corey McKoy, Rashad Willis 1.