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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 45, Tar Heel 39

TAR HEEL – Nyquan Richardson and Corey Robbins combined for 29 points Monday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 45-39 Waccamaw Middle School boys basketball victory over Tar Heel.

Richardson poured in 17 points to lead the Blue Devil offense, and Robbins followed with 12 points. Samaj Dove finished with 6 points, and Lee Barnes added 5 points.

Kearean Ballard topped all scorers with 18 points for the Panthers. Aquani Hilton pumped in 10 points, and Ahmir Stepps tallied 5 points.

Richardson blistered the nets with a pair of 3-point shots and another basket in the opening period. Robbins dropped in a basket, and Barnes netted a free throw as the Blue Devils built an 11-6 lead.

Jordan Underwood and Stepps popped in Panther baskets in the first quarter, and Ballard tacked on a free throw.

Robbins drilled in a 3-point shot and sank 5 straight free throws in the second period. Richardson flipped in a pair of baskets, and Dove hit 2 free throws to keep the CSD lead at 25-17.

Ballard lit up the scoreboard with a 3-point basket, two more baskets and a pair of free throws in the second quarter. Ikeir Murchison threw in a basket, and Stepps canned a free throw.

Dove nailed a pair of baskets in the third period, Richardson buried a 3-point shot, and Lafon Monroe tossed in a basket and a free throw. Barnes contributed a basket to keep the Blue Devils up 39-29.

Hilton rallied the Panthers with a trio of baskets, Ballard delivered a pair of baskets, and Stepps cashed in 2 free throws.

Ballard netted 2 more baskets in the final quarter, Hilton knocked down a 2-point shot and a pair of free throws. Underwood chipped in with a basket to trim the margin to six points. Robbins popped in a basket, and Richardson and Barnes connected on 2 free throws each for the Blue Devils.

Coach Robert Mazur’s Blue Devils improved to 3-6 with the victory and are slated to host Tar Heel on Feb. 7. The Panthers, now 2-6, will host Nakina Tuesday.

Clarkton  11  14  14    6 – 45
Tar Heel     5  12  12  10 – 39

CLARKTON SCHOOL OF DISCOVERY (45) –Shannon Hankins, Matt Kemp, Lee Barnes 5, Aniyaes Bethea, Martin Rojas-Jacinto 2, Rodney Lacewell, Corey Robbins 12, Samaj Dove 6, Nyquan Richardson 17, Lafon Monroe 3, Jonathan Johnson.

TAR HEEL (39) – Deyon McDonald, Ikeir Murchison 2, Kalef Brown, Kearean Ballard 18, Jordan Underwood 4, Aquani Hilton 10, Stefane Jessup, Ahmir Stepps 5, Xavier Lopez, Saquan Lewis, Cameron Page, Tyrek Ballard, Messyah Whitted.

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