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Boys Basketball: West Bladen 51, Union 9

BLADENBORO – West Bladen’s stifling defense limited Union to four baskets and a free throw Wednesday night as the Knights rolled to a 51-9 non-conference boys’ basketball victory.

“I told the team before the game not to worry about offense but just focus on our defense, and they really responded,” said Knight Coach Travis Pait. “We made some mistakes, but I was proud of the effort and the way everybody tried to do the right thing.”

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Junior Shy’Ron Adams ignited a 13-0 Knight run to start the game with a runner and 2 free throws. Senior Tyre Boykin flipped in a baseline one-hander, a lay-in and 3 free throws. Junior Donovan Stone popped in a 12-footer.

Union’s Josheim Jones scooped up a loose ball and scored the first Spartan basket with 57 seconds left in the quarter. Knight senior Tra’shawn Ballard drove for a lay-up and a 15-2 lead at the quarter break.

Adams and Boykin buried 3-point shots to start the second period. Junior Josh Lewis canned 2 free throws, and Boykin and Adams drove for lay-ups as the lead grew to 28-3 at halftime.

Boykin threw in another 3-ball and a lay-up in the third period, Lewis drove for a lay-up and tall Xayvon Davis scored baskets on a lob pass and a rebound as the lead grew to 40-7.

Senior Nolan Bryant drained a 3-pointer, Adams turned a steal into a lay-up, and junior Jadacus Register popped in a 4-footer. Sophmore Josiah Brown capped the scoring with a follow and a short bank shot.

“This looked more like the way we used to play defense here,” said Pait. “I told them at halftime not to relax and don’t allow any easy shots.”

Boykin topped all scorers with 17 points, and Adams finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Davis pulled down 5 rebounds.

The Knights improve to 2-1 overall and will travel to Red Springs on Friday night.

Union               2    1    4    2 –   9
West Bladen  15  13  12  11 – 51

UNION (9) – Cole Bass 2, Malcolm Pigford, Jayshawn West 3, Josheim Jones 2, Josh Harper, Jamal Moore, Tristen Robinson, Javion Faison, Jamon Hicks 2.

WEST BLADEN (51) – Josh Lewis 4, Gary Parker, Shy’Ron Adams 13, Tyre Boykin 17, Jadacus Register 2, Donovan Stone 2, Josiah Brown 4, Tra’shawn Ballard 2, T.J. Smith, Nijeah McKoy, Xayvon Davis 4, Nolan Bryant 3.

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