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Boys Basketball: South Columbus 44, East Bladen 34

ELIZABETHTOWN – South Columbus rode a 16-9 closing surge to a 44-34 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen on Friday night.

Senior Juwan Baldwin dropped in 2 baskets, and junior Javant McDowell popped in a basket and a free throw in the third period as the Eagles trimmed a 22-14 halftime deficit to 28-25.

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Freshman Capt’n Jordan threw in 2 baskets and a free throw in the final quarter, senior Rajon Graham tossed in a basket and 2 free throws, and senior Jaquan Jordan hit 4 free throws to preserve the Stallion lead.

Baldwin and senior Corey McKoy sank 4 free throws each in the final quarter for the Eagles. Baldwin led the Eagle scoring with 10 points, and Corey McKoy followed with 8 points.

Graham drained a 3-point shot and 2 other baskets in the first quarter as the Stallions grabbed a 9-5 lead. Charles Brown knocked down a pair of first quarter shots to keep the Eagles close.

A trio of 3-point baskets by E. J. Tisdale, Riley Hewett and Treshawn Grate kept South on top 22-14 at halftime. Junior Zach Meares nailed a 3-point shot, Baldwin and freshman Malcolm Bolden canned a pair of baskets, and Corey McKoy cashed in 2 free throws for East in the quarter.

Graham led all scorers with 13 points for South. Tisdale and Hewett followed with 6 points each.

East Bladen, now 0-2 in league play and 1-3 overall, will travel to Red Springs on Tuesday night.

South Columbus 9  13   6  16 – 44
East Bladen        5     9 11    9 – 34

SOUTH COLUMBUS (44) –Aveon Bellamy, Riley Hewett 6, Jaquan Jordan 5, Rajon Graham 13, Jordan Johnson 2, Treshawn Grate 5, Riley Gore, Capt’n Jordan 5, E. J. Tisdale 6, Cameron Ethridge 2, Chris Elleby.

EAST BLADEN (34) – Charles Brown 4, Tayshaun Berkeley, RaSean McKoy, Zach Meares 3, Javant McDowell 4, Corey McKoy 8, Lefrederick Wooten, Malcolm Bolden 2, Juwan Baldwin 10, Jacob Priest 3.

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