Middle School Basketball
Clarkton School of Discovery Boys 48, Bladenboro 33
By Marsha Burney
Stats By Garrett Melvin, 6th grade Student Statistician
Adonis Avery was on fire Tuesday afternoon when he scored 29 points to lead the Clarkton School of Discovery Blue Devils to a 48-33 win over Bladenboro Middle School. It was the first game of the season in Bladen Five Middle School Conference play.
Bladenboro’s Keyshawn Lewis hit both free throws after a shooting foul to put the Bulldogs out to an early 2-0 lead.
Clarkton’s Seven Campbell tied the score a few seconds later, and then Avery stole the ball on the Bladenboro inbounds pass. On that possession, Clarkton’s Drew Harris connected to put the Blue Devils up, 4-2, and from there, Clarkton never looked back.
Avery chipped in two baskets for Clarkton and Lewis threw in one for Bladenboro to end the first quarter with Clarkton in the lead, 8-4.
With only 20 seconds gone in the second quarter, Avery stole the ball for Clarkton and scored on a run-away fast break. Lewis scored as Bladenboro tried to stay in the game.
Clarkton couldn’t connect on its next possession, but Pierce Melvin stole the ball from Bladenboro and hit Avery with a perfect pass that Avery turned into another Blue Devil basket.
Fouled on the play, Avery went to the line but couldn’t connect, and Melvin snatched the offensive rebound, dished it off to Avery, and the Blue Devils scored again to up their lead to 14-6.
On the Bulldogs’ way down court, Avery stole the ball, passed it off to several Blue Devils, and then finally got the ball back and made the basket to put Clarkton up by ten.
Bladenboro’s Trashawn Ballard hit a jumper to bring the Bulldogs back to only an eight-point deficit.
Clarkton couldn’t score on their next possession, but Melvin stole the ball again and passed to Avery who put up another outside jumper. Tayshawn Berkeley stole the inbounds pass from Bladenboro, dished it off to Greyson Heustess, and Clarkton pulled out a bigger lead at 22-10.
With 26 seconds left in the first half, Clarkton’s Shy Pone stole the ball and got the assist on Berkeley’s basket. The Blue Devils led, 24-10, at the half.
Bladenboro’s Lewis connect on two free throws to start the third quarter, and then Avery went to the line for Clarkton and hit both of his shots from the charity stripe. Ballard scored again for Bladenboro before Avery went back to the line for Clarkton and hit them both again.
Heustess stole the ball and connected with Avery for another Blue Devil basket. Bladenboro struggled to get a shot to go in. A minute later, Avery caught the inbounds pass for Clarkton and zipped around everybody on the court for another fast break basket which brought Clarkton to a 33-14 lead.
Lewis scored another basket for Bladenboro (he ended the night with 22 points for his Bulldogs), but everytime the Bulldogs scored, Clarkton answered with a couple of points and Bladenboro just couldn’t trim the Blue Devil lead.
With 3:09 in the third, Clarkton’s Harris hit both ends of a one-and-one. Trenton Lyons hit a 10-foot jumper for Bladenboro, and Lewis connected to give the Bulldogs their first four points in a row of the game.
However, Clarkton’s Avery answered with two back-to-back baskets. Lewis hit a jumper for Bladenboro at the buzzer, but Clarkton went into the final quarter with a 38-22 lead.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, both teams were in foul trouble. Clarkton’s Lawson Hester hit the back end of a two-shot foul shot, and Lewis scored again for Bladenboro.
Berkeley went to the line for Clarkton, connecting on the second of his two shots. Avery hit the next bucket for Clarkton before Ballard threw in a free throw for Bladenboro. Lewis hit a bucket for Bladenboro with 3:05 left in the game.
Melvin went to the line for Clarkton, hitting both of his free throws, and Pone connected on one free throw to put Clarkton up, 45-27.
Melvin hit a jumper for Clarkton, and Avery hit the second of his two-shot foul shots. With a minute left in the game, Lewis scored again for Bladenboro, as did Jake Butler.
Five seconds showed on the clock when Lewis threw in the final basket of the game for Bladenboro, but the Blue Devils held on to a big 48-33 win.
Clarkton shot 65 percent and Bladenboro shot 31 percent at the free throw line.
Clarkton 8 16 15 9 48
Bladenboro 4 6 12 11 33
Clarkton: Adonis Avery 29, Pierce Melvin 4, Greyson Heustess 4, Drew Harris 4, Tayshawn Berkeley 3, Seven Campbell 2, Shy Pone 1, Lawson Hester 1, Dan Tatum, Joshua Pope, Darrel Banks, Jake Evans, Xavier McKoy, Juwan Baldwin.
Bladenboro: Keyshawn Lewis 22, Trashawn Ballard 7, Trenton Lyons 2, Jake Butler 2, K. Washington, B. Strange, J. Moore, A. Taylor, R. Thompson, Noah Deaver, Nolan Bryant, Braylon Williamson, J. Russ.