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WHITEVILLE – Junior Wendell Smith keyed a 26-12 closing surge that rallied Whiteville to a 46-40 victory Saturday over East Bladen in the Three Rivers Conference boys’ basketball opener for both schools.


Six points from senior Antonio McFadden edged the Wolfpack ahead 8-7 in the 1st period. Sophomore Malcolm Bolden tossed in a basket and 2 free throws, senior Javant McDowell muscled in a basket, and senior Freddy Wooten canned a free throw for East in the quarter.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong


Bolden sank 3 free throws and a basket, and Wooten and sophomore Zamar Lewis popped in baskets as East Bladen jumped on top 16-14 at halftime.


Wooten fired in a trio of baskets in the 3rd quarter, and seniors Charles Brown, Rasean McKoy and McDowell threw in a basket each as the Eagles opened up a 28-20 lead at the quarter break.


Two baskets from McKoy, a pair of Wooten free throws, and baskets from Brown, McDowell and senior Jacob Priest kept the Eagles close in the final period.


However Smith poured in 4 baskets and made 7 of 7 free throws in the quarter as he scored 15 of his game-high 17 points. McFadden followed Smith with 12 points, and teammate Daejuan Thompson netted 11 points.


Wooten topped the Eagles scoring with 11 points. Bolden finished with 9 points, and McKoy and McDowell scored 6 points each.


It was the first loss of the season for the Eagles, now 3-1. East Bladen is slated to travel to South Columbus Tuesday night.


East Bladen     7      9    12   12  – 40

Whiteville        8      6     6    26  – 46


EB (40) – Charles Brown 4, Malcolm Bolden 9, Jacob Priest 2, Rasean McKoy 6,  Nazir Smith, Zamar Lewis 2, Javant McDowell 6, Freddy Wooten 11.    


Whiteville (46) – Wendell Smith 17, K. J. Hall 2, Daejuan Thompson 11, Antonio McFadden 12, Kayshawn McCollum 2, Shaheem Shipman 2.

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