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Boys Basketball: St. Pauls 51, West Bladen 49

BLADENBORO – West Bladen’s Tyre Boykin poured in 29 points on his Senior Night, but St. Pauls rallied in the final minute to edge the Knights 51-49 in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action Wednesday night.

The Knights carried a 35-31 lead into the fourth quarter and extended it to 38-31, before an 8-0 Bulldog run put the visitors on top 39-38. Boykin’s 3-point play vaulted West back on top 41-39. Senior Xayvon Davis slammed in a rebound to boost the Knight lead to 44-41.


Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

The Bulldogs pulled even at 44-44, but Boykin lifted the Knights back on top 48-46. West Bladen still led 49-48 with 56 seconds left. St. Pauls connected on 10 of 14 foul shots in the final period to secure the win.

Boykin threw in 2 baskets and sank 5 of 7 free throws in the final quarter. Davis hit a free throw, before his slam dunk, and freshman Gary Parker added a basket in the period.

Junior ShyRon Adams followed Boykin on the Knight scoring list with 7 points, and Parker finished with 6 points. A trio of seniors keyed the Bulldog attack. Guard Emonta Smith led the way with 16 points. Caleb Henderson followed with 11 points, and Erikson Emanuel added 8 points.

Emanuel, Smith and Anthony Campbell drained 3-point shots in the opening period as the Bulldogs took a 15-9 lead. Boykin nailed a 3-point shot and 2 free throws, and Parker and junior Donovan Stone tossed in baskets for West.

Boykin ignited a second-quarter Knight rally with a trio of baskets and 2 free throws. Adams dropped in a basket and a free throw, and freshman Deonte Lacy cashed in 2 free throws as West Bladen sliced the halftime deficit to 23-22.

Boykin drilled in a 3-point shot and 2 more field goals to spark a 13-8 Knight rally in the third period. Adams pumped in 2 baskets, and Parker delivered a basket as West Bladen went up 35-31.

The Knights, now 5-17, will travel to East Bladen Friday night. The victory moved St. Pauls into a 3-way tie for first place in the TRC.

St. Pauls      15    8    8  20 – 51
West Bladen  9  13  13  14 – 49

ST. PAULS (51) – Anthony Campbell 5, Zarron Glover 3, Caleb Henderson 11, Emonta Smith 16, Marquiese Coleman, Josh Henderson 2, Jeyvian Tatum 4, Erikson Emanuel 8, Waltay Jackson, Eric Malloy 2, Josh McNair, William Ford.

WEST BLADEN (49) – Gary Parker 6, Shy’Ron Adams 7, Tyre Boykin 29, Jadacus Register, Donovan Stone 2, Deonte Lacy 2, Tra’shawn Ballard, Nijeah McKoy, Xayvon Davis 3, Nolan Bryant.

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