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BLADENBORO – Bladenboro opened the game with an 11-0 spurt that propelled the Bulldogs to a 37-27 Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel Thursday night.

Hezekiah Adams nailed a 3-point shot to start the game then drove for another basket. Chase Williams, Cade Allen and Landon Stanley threw in baskets to push the Bulldog lead to 11-0.

Adams and Tylik McCall tossed in baskets, and Aaron Lewis sank 2 free throws for Bladenboro in the second quarter. Stefane Jessup and Cornelius Esters answered with baskets for the Panthers. I’Keir Murchison cashed in 2 free throws to keep Tar Heel within 17-6 at halftime.

Williams powered inside for 2 baskets and 3 free throws in the third quarter, and Adams raced to the rim for a trio of baskets to keep the Bulldog lead at 30-18. Murchison lit up the scoreboard with a 3-point bomb, a pair of other baskets and 3 free throws for the Panthers. Teammate Tavion Smith dropped in another basket.

Murchison continued to rally Tar Heel in the final period with 3 baskets and 2 free throws, and Jessup tacked on a free throw. McCall, Breenan Greene and Trent Meares connected for Bulldog baskets, and Jackson Pait hit a free throw.

Adams led the Bulldog attack with 13 points, Williams followed with 9 points, and McCall tallied 4 points. Murchison poured in 20 points for Tar Heel, and Jessup totaled 3 points.

Coach Joseph Gore’s Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in Waccamaw Division AA play and 5-2 overall and will travel to Whiteville Central Monday. Tar Heel, now 0-4 in league play and 0-5 overall, will visit West Columbus Monday.

Tar Heel         0  6  12  9 – 27
Bladenboro  11  6  13  7 – 37

TAR HEEL (27) – Josiah Robinson, Joseph Cooper, Cornelius Esters 2, Kaleb Gaddy, Stefane Jessup 3, Damontre Love, Jahir Martinez, I’Keir Murchison 20, Damarion Pone, Christopher Perez, Tavion Smith 2, Messyah Whitted.

BLADENBORO (37) – Andre Moore, Hezekiah Adams 13, Chase Williams 9, Cade Allen 2, Aaron Lewis 2, Landon Stanley 2, Jackson Pait 1, Elijah McCollum, Tylik McCall 4, Jemiah Ross, Brandon McDonald, Breenan Greene 2, Trent Meares 2, Aiden Russ, Gavin Elks.

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