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JV Boys Basketball: West Bladen 41, East Bladen 38

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

ELIZABETHTOWN – Tyre Boykin and Kerron Washington sparked a 23-11 West Bladen surge in the final period that propelled the Knights to a 41-38 Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball victory over East Bladen.

Boykin, a freshman, fired in 10 of his game-high 22 points in the final quarter, while Washington, a sophmore, scored all 8 of his points in the fourth period.

The Eagles led 27-18 at the third quarter break, but Boykin buried a 3-point shot with 3:23 left in the game to pull the Knights to within 31-29. Washington popped in a 15-footer from the baseline to tie the game, but Bryan Bowen answered with 2 free throws that put East back on top 33-31.

Freshman Tra’shawn Ballard beat the Eagle press for a lay-up that tied the game at 33-33. Anthony Wooten’s follow shot edged East back ahead 35-33, but Washington nailed a 3-point shot from the left wing that put West in front to stay at 36-35 with 1:45 on the clock.

West Bladen’s Jaheim Lesane made a free throw with 1:17 remaining, and Boykin knocked down 2 more foul shots for a 39-35 Knight lead at the 1:02 mark.

Freshman Jordan Robinson drilled in a 3-point shot with 35 seconds left that sliced the West lead to 39-38, but Washington hit 2 free throws with 34 seconds left that pushed the lead back to three.

Lesane finished with 5 points for West. Sophmore Keshaun Davis, Anthony Wooten and freshman Majuan McKoy scored 7 points each to lead the Eagle offense. Sophmore Pierce Melvin and Bryon Bowen added 5 points each for East.

Baskets by Davis, Wooten and center Robbie Cooley staked the Eagles to an early 6-4 lead. Boykin threw in a basket and 2 foul shots for West in the period.

Majuan McKoy flipped in a basket and 2 free throws to lead a 12-6 Eagle run that stretched the lead to 18-10 at halftime. Wooten and Davis added a basket and a free throw each in the period. Boykin drained a 3-point shot in the second quarter, and center Jason Moore dropped in a basket and a free throw for West.

Bowen, Melvin and Majuan McKoy tallied a basket and a free throw each for East Bladen in the third period as the Eagles padded their lead to 27-18. Boykin bombed in another 3-pointer and made 2 free throws for West in the quarter.

Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights won their second straight game and evened their conference record at 2-2. West Bladen will host Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday night.

Coach Greg High’s Eagles are now 3-2 in league play and 6-4 overall. East Bladen will entertain Class 4A foe Cape Fear Wednesday at 4:30.

WEST BLADEN (41) – Kristawn Baldwin, Kerron Washington 8, Jaheim Lesane 5, Eddie Perez , Trenton Lyons, Jackson Norris, Tre’shawn Ballard 2, Shemaiah Leak 1, Nijeah McKoy, Trequan Spivey, Jason Moore 3, Tyre Boykin 22, Tyrese Retomar, Nolan Bryant, Nathan Brisson, Ronald Thompson.

EAST BLADEN (38) – Shy Pone, Keshaun Davis 7, Joshua McKoy, Pierce Melvin 5, Jordan Robinson 4, Allen Owens 1, Anthony Wooten 7, Majuan McKoy 7, Robbie Cooley 2, Wilson Bolden, Bryan Bowen 5, Tayshaun Berkely, Joshua Wyatt, Greyson Heustess.

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