TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill capitalized on a huge advantage at the foul line to defeat East Bladen 53-45 Thursday night in non-conference boys basketball action.
East Bladen took a narrow 36-35 lead into the final quarter, but the Bulldogs made 12 of 23 free throws to outscore the Eagles 18-9 and claim the victory. For the game Wallace-Rose Hill connected on just 16 of 35 foul shots, while the Eagles hit 5 of 7 free throws in the final period and were 7 of 11 for the game.
Junior Jacob Priest popped in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the first quarter as the Eagles jumped in front 13-8. Senior Tayshaun Berkeley nailed a 3-point shot and one other basket in the period.
Eagle junior Donevin Keith buried a pair of 3-point shots in the second period, and junior Zach Meares delivered a 3-point shot and another basket. Junior RaSean McKoy muscled in 2 baskets as East Bladen kept a 30-26 lead at halftime. Freshman Jaheim Faison bombed in a pair of 3-point shots in the quarter for Wallace-Rose Hill.
Berkeley pumped in 2 baskets in the third quarter, and Priest added a basket to keep East up 36-35. Priest and junior Lefrederick Wooten threw in 2 free throws and a basket each in the fourth period.
Senior Jaylen Tuten sank 8 of 14 free throws and one field goal in the final quarter to spark the winning rally for the Bulldogs. Tuten led the winners with 16 points, and Jaheim Faison followed with 10 points.
Priest topped the Eagle scoring with 12 points, and Berkeley finished with 9 points. Keith totaled 6 points.
The Eagles, now 1-7, played their second straight game without star center Javant McDowell who is sidelined by an eye injury suffered at Northside. East Bladen will return to action on Jan. 3rd at St. Pauls.
East Bladen 13 17 6 9 – 45
Wallace-Rose Hill 8 18 9 18 – 53
EAST BLADEN (45) – Donevin Keith 6, Tayshaun Berkeley 9, RaSean McKoy 4, Wes Hodge 1, Zach Meares 5, Lefrederick Wooten 4, Malcolm Bolden, Juwan Baldwin 4, Jacob Priest 12.
WALLACE-ROSE HILL (53) – Tyreak Cromity 4, Jaheim Faison 10, Shontrez Simmons 6, Anthony Faison 3, Tyrone Barbee 6, Jalen Tuten 16, Tyler Murphy 5, Terrence Peterson 3.