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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 46, Tar Heel 42

Center Javant McDowell pumped in 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half as Clarkton School of Discovery held on for a 46-42 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Tar Heel Tuesday night.

Five different Blue Devils scored as Clarkton built a 12-8 first period lead. Guard Garrett Melvin tossed in 2 baskets, and McDowell, Lawson Hester, Tashuan Berkley and Xavier McKoy added one basket each in the quarter.

Tyre Boykin threw in a basket and a free throw for Tar Heel in the first quarter. Teammates Shemaiah Leak and Kendall Johnson scored a basket each, and Christopher George made a free throw.

Berkley banged in a pair of baskets in the second quarter, and Hester and Jake Evans contributed a basket each. McKoy hit a free throw to push the Blue Devil halftime lead to 21-17.

Leak nailed a 3-point shot and another basket in the second quarter for the Panthers, and Johnson and Boykin kept Tar Heel close with a basket each.

McDowell took charge inside with 4 third quarter baskets for the Blue Devils. Evans sank 2 free throws, McKoy made one and Berkley popped in another basket as the CSD lead grew to 34-28.

Johnson scored 2 baskets for Tar Heel in the third quarter, and Boykin, Leak and Jadicus Register added one basket each. Boykin also tacked on a free throw.

Register bombed in a pair of 3-point shots for the Panthers in the final quarter. Leak blistered the nets with a trio of baskets, and George scored a basket as Tar Heel pulled to within 4 points.

McDowell sank 3 free throws and a basket in the final period for Clarkton. Berkley and Hester dropped in a basket each, Melvin made 2 free throws, and Berkley hit one as the Blue Devils pulled out the victory.

Berkley finished with 11 points, and Melvin and Hester followed with 6 points each. Evans and McKoy tallied 4 points each.

Leak topped the Tar Heel scoring with 15 points. Boykin, Register and Johnson followed with 8 points each.

Clarkton improved to 6-1 and remained tied for first place in the Bladen Five with Elizabethtown. The two teams play at Elizabethtown Thursday night.

TH (38) – Kendall Johnson 8, Kai Belle, Jadicus Register 8, Shemaiah Leak 15, Tyre Boykin 8, Christopher George 3, Kasheem Henry, Angel Martinez-Munoz.

CSD (44) – Garrett Melvin 6, Jake Evans 4, Javant McDowell 15, Lawson Hester 6, Tashuan Berkley 11, Xavier McKoy 4, Jacob Priest, Jake Garrison, Juwan Baldwin, J. T. Junious, Donevin Keith, Justis Campbell.

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