04/14/2024
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WILMINGTON- Senior guards Malcolm Bolden and Jacob Nixon combined for 41 points Thursday night to lead East Bladen to a 72-48 victory over South Brunswick in the Hoggard Holiday Classic.

Bolden drained a trio of 3-point shots and led the winners with 22 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Nixon bombed in four 3-balls and finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. For the 2nd consecutive game the Eagles connected on ten 3-point shots.

Senior Zamar Lewis posted a double-double for East Bladen with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Junior Lee Barnes buried a pair of 3-balls and totaled 6 points. Senior Malaki Monroe tallied 5 points and 2 assists and knocked down a 3-ball. Junior Peyton Tatum grabbed 6 rebounds and had 2 blocks. Senior Cameron White and sophomore Dominick Collins dished out 2 assists each.

Nixon and Monroe hurled in 3-balls in the 1st period, and Bolden, senior Yontee Dobson and Lewis dropped in baskets. Nixon tacked on a free throw to keep East even 13-13 at the quarter break.

Bolden lit up the scoreboard with 4 baskets and a free throw to spark a 27-7 Eagle blitz in the 2nd quarter. Barnes swished his 2 3-balls, Nixon tossed in 2 baskets and 2 foul shots, and Lewis, Tatum and Monroe pumped in baskets for a 40-20 East halftime lead.

The long-range barrage continued as Bolden nailed a pair of 3-balls and a 2-point basket in the 3rd quarter. Nixon poured in a pair of 3-balls, and Lewis muscled in a pair of baskets. Collins and Tatum hit free throws, and sophomore Rodney Lacewell powered in a basket as the lead grew to 62-33 at the break.

Bolden and Nixon drilled in 3-point shots in the final period, and Lewis and junior Chris Harding added baskets.

Sophomore Caleb Bernard scored 10 of his team-high 20 points for the Cougars in the 4th quarter. Senior teammate Lamarean Mason finished with 11 points.

Coach Aking Elting’s Eagles raised their record to 9-1 and will host Clinton in Southeastern Athletic Conference action Tuesday.

South Brunswick   13    7  13  15 – 48
East Bladen             13  27  22  10 – 72

SOUTH BRUNSWICK (48) – Tony Cox 7, Carter Maggard, Rashad McNeil 5, Chase Robinson, Caleb Bernard 20, Lamarean Mason 11, Jonathan Braxton 3, Andrew Hankins 2.

EAST BLADEN (72) – Dominick Collins 1, Malcolm Bolden 22, Malaki Monroe 5, Lee Barnes 6, Cameron White, Yontee Dobson 2, Jacob Nixon 19, J’Marius Smith, Chris Harding 2, Zamar Lewis 10, Peyton Tatum 3, Rodney Lacewell 2.

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