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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 33, Elizabethtown 31

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Center Javant McDowell posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-31 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Elizabethtown Thursday night.

The Blue Devils improve to 4-0 with the victory and take sole possession of first place in the league. Elizabethtown is now 3-1.

Elizabethtown’s Majuan McKoy drilled in a 12-footer and flipped in a floater as the Cougars pulled to within 4 points in the fourth quarter. McDowell put back a rebound, hit a free throw and turned a Tashuan Berkeley pass into a lay-up and a 30-23 lead with 4:00 left to play.

Majuan McKoy banked in a long 3-pointer, and guard JaQuez McKoy popped in a baseline 8-footer to pull the Cougars to within 30-28 with 1:46 remaining.

After a time-out, McDowell worked free inside for a lay-up, and teammate Xavier McKoy canned a free throw for a 33-28 CSD lead.

JaQuez McKoy nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner to slice the Blue Devil lead to 33-31 with 37 seconds on the clock, but the final two Cougar possessions came up empty.

Berkeley pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds as the Blue Devils controlled the backboards by a 49-33 margin. Lawson Hester finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds, and Xavier McKoy contributed 5 points and 7 rebounds.

Majuan McKoy led the Cougars with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Teammate Jordan Robinson racked up 9 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out with 4:37 left. JaQuez McKoy added 5 points, and Allen Owens grabbed 5 rebounds.

McDowell scored on a pair of follow shots, Berkeley tossed in a floater and Hester hit 2 free throws as the Blue Devils went up 8-4 in the opening quarter. Lay-ups by Majuan McKoy and Robinson accounted for the Cougar points.

McDowell connected from 12 feet and made a free throw, Hester tossed in a floater, and Xavier McKoy connected from 8 feet as Clarkton maintained a 15-11 halftime lead.

Majuan McKoy banked in a 10-footer and sank 2 free throws, and Robinson bombed in a 3-point shot to keep the Cougars within 4 points at halftime.

McDowell started the second half with a pair of lay-ups, and Hester put back a rebound for a 21-11 Blue Devil lead.

Owens knocked down 2 free throws, but guard Garrett Melvin banked in a 12-footer to keep CSD up 23-13. Robinson made 2 free throws, and Majuan McKoy scored on a follow and on a short jumper from the lane to close the gap to 25-19 at the third quarter break.

The Cougars travel to Tar Heel next Thursday, while Clarkton is idle next week.

Elizabethtown (31) – Majuan McKoy 15, Jordan Robinson 9, Allen Owens 2, Nijeah McKoy, Tyrek Smith, Cory McKoy, Cody Butler, Zachary Butler, Rasean McKoy, Fred Wooten, JaQuez McKoy 5, Drew Sholar, Victor Garcia, Zarien Brown.

CSD (33) – Garrett Melvin 2, Jake Evans, Javant McDowell 18, Lawson Hester 6, Tashuan Berkeley 2, Xavier McKoy 5, Jackson Bostic, Jacob Priest, Jake Garrison, Juwan Baldwin, J. T. Junious, Donevin Keith.

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