Boys Basketball: West Columbus 71, West Bladen 63
BLADENBORO – Unique Kelly and Ethan Brown sparked a 2nd half West Columbus rally that carried the Vikings to a 71-63 boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday.
It was the first game for the Knights since January 8th when they were quarantined because their opponent that night, East Columbus, had a positive test.
West Bladen led 35-32 at the half, but Unique Kelly threw in 4 baskets to lead a 20-12 Viking surge that produced a 52-47 lead. Brown dropped in 4 2nd half baskets and 4 free throws to finish with 14 points. Unique Kelly totaled 17 points.
The Vikings Brandis Kelly, a UNC-Pembroke commit, muscled inside for 14 of his team-high 20 points in the 1st half. Keywone Sumpter added 12 points for WC.
West Bladen senior ShyRon Adams who poured in 29 points to lead all scorers drained a 3-point shot and 2 free throws in the opening period. Javonta Matthews and Josiah Brown threw in baskets, and freshman Landon Stanley nailed a 3-point shot for the Knights. Sophomore Gary Parker sank 2 free throws to keep the score tied 14-14 at the quarter break.
Adams lit up the scoreboard with a pair of 3-point bombs and 3 other baskets in the 2nd quarter. Anthony Mitchell and Donovan Stone fired in 3–point shots, Stone cashed in 2 foul shots, and Josh Lewis hit one to give the Knights their 35-32 halftime lead.
Stone and Keshaun Ballard drilled in 3-point shots in the 3rd quarter, and Stanley and Adams popped in a basket and a free throw each to keep the Knights within 52-47 at the quarter break.
Adams rallied the Knights in the final period with a 3-point bomb, 2 other baskets and 2 free throws. Stanley pumped in a basket and 3 free throws, and Matthews popped in a basket.
Stanley followed Adams on the Knight scoring list with 11 points. Stone totaled 8 points.
The Knights will host Red Springs Thursday night at 6:00.
West Columbus 14 18 20 19 – 71
West Bladen 14 21 12 16 – 63
WC (71) – Unique Kelly 17, Amajae Lowery 8, Keywone Sumpter 12, Matt McPherson, Ethan Brown 14, Brandis Kelly 20, Justin Connor.
WB (63) – Cornelius Esters, Anthony Mitchell 3, Josiah Brown 2, Landon Stanley 11, Donovan Stone 8, Keshaun Ballard 3, Josh Lewis 1, ShyRon Adams 29, Javonta Matthews 4, Deonte Lacey, Gary Parker 2.