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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen raced to a 20-2 first half lead en route to a 40-18 Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night.

Center Rasean McKoy dropped in 3 baskets in the first quarter, and sophmore Zach Meares nailed a long 3-point shot and a lay-up as the Eagles raced to a 12-0 first quarter lead.

Charles Brown tossed in a pair of baskets in the second period, and McKoy added a basket and 2 free throws as the lead grew to 20-2 at halftime. Josh Lewis netted the Knight basket.

Jacob Priest pumped in a pair of baskets, and Brown sank a basket and 2 free throws as the Eagle lead stretched to 29-11 at the quarter break.

Damion McKenzie popped in a pair of baskets for West in the third period, and Jadacus Register added a basket and a free throw.

Priest drained a 3-point shot and another basket in the fourth quarter, and Makhi Cromartie, Wes Hodge and Kari Price popped in one basket each for the Eagles.

Donovan Stone connected for 2 baskets for the Knights in the final period. Lewis delivered a basket, and Javonta Matthews canned 2 free throws.

McKoy led the Eagles with 11 points, and Priest and Brown followed with 9 points each. Meares totaled 5 points.

McKenzie, Lewis, and Stone scored 4 points each to lead the Knights.

East Bladen travels to Whiteville Tuesday night, while the Knights will host Fairmont.

West Bladen   0  2  9   7 – 18
East Bladen  12  8  9  11 – 40

WEST BLADEN (18) – Jadacus Register 3, Lancine Soumahoro, Joshua Lewis 4, Ricky Brisson 1, Donovan Stone 4, Hysaan Wooten, Keshawn Ballard, Damion McKenzie 4, Javonta Matthews 2, Ethan Davis, Brycen Blackmon.

EAST BLADEN (40) – Charles Brown 9, Jacob Priest 9, Rasean McKoy 11, Zach Meares 5, Mahki Cromartie 2, Kari Price 2, Omar Jones, Wes Hodge 2.