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ST PAULS – St. Pauls threw in five 3-point shots during a 26-5 closing spurt that carried the Bulldogs to a 74-47 victory over West Bladen in the boys’ basketball opener for both teams.

Jeyvian Tatum racked up 10 of his game-high 20 points as the Bulldogs built a 26-19 1st quarter lead. Josh Lewis canned a trio of free throws and a basket for the Knights in the period. ShyRon Adams dropped in a pair of baskets, and Anthony Mitchell and Josiah Brown nailed 3-point shots for West.

Adams flipped in a basket and 2 free throws in the 2nd period. Mitchell drained another 3-ball, and Lewis cashed in 2 free throws to keep the Knights within 35-28 at halftime.

Landon Stanley bombed in a 3-ball and hit 2 free throws in the 3rd quarter. Brown and Lewis popped in a basket and a free throw each. Two free throws from Javonta Matthews and one from Gary Parker trimmed the Bulldog lead to 46-42 at the quarter break.

Josh Henderson hurled in a trio of 3-point shots for the Bulldogs in the final period and finished with 17 points. Elston Powell connected on a 3-ball and another basket in the quarter and finished with 12 points. Teammate Josh McNair scored 4 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Adams topped the Knight scoring with 11 points, and Lewis followed with 10 points. Mitchell and Brown scored 6 points each, and Stanley added 5 points.

West Bladen will host East Columbus Friday. Varsity girls game will begin at 4:30.

West Bladen  19  9  14    5 – 47
St. Pauls        26  9  11  26 – 74

WEST BLADEN (47) – Cornelius Esters, Andre Moore 1, Anthony Mitchell 6, Josiah Brown 6, Landon Stanley 5, Keshaun Ballard 2, Josh Lewis 10, ShyRon Adams 11, Javonta Matthews 2, Deonte Lacey 1, Alan Breakfield, Gary Parker 3.

ST. PAULS (74) – Josh Henderson 15, Jeyvian Tatum 20, Elston Powell 12, Josh McNair 15, Bradley Gooden 4, Eric Malloy 2, Marcus Galbreath 2, Will Ford 2