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ELIZABETHTOWN – Malcolm Bolden fired in 20 points Thursday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 37-24 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Tar Heel.

Bolden raced to the basket for four baskets in the first quarter. Teammate Jacob Nixon buried a 3-point shot, and Ty Mathis muscled in a basket as the Cougars took a 13-6 lead.

Center Lancine Soumanoro worked the paint for a pair of Tar Heel baskets, and teammate Antonio Candelaria drove for a basket.

Soumanoro and Candelaria tossed in a basket each for the Panthers in the second quarter. Bolden flipped in another basket, and Raymond Autry hit a free throw to keep the Cougars ahead 16-10.

Bolden threw in a pair of baskets in the third quarter, and Nixon knocked down another 3-point shot. Mathis and Autry added baskets as the Cougars padded their lead to 27-17.

Soumanoro battled inside for 2 more baskets in the third quarter, and Candelaria scored another basket in transition for Tar Heel. Teammate Anthony Cowan made a free throw.

Bolden racked up 3 more baskets in the final period to keep the Cougars ahead, and Mathis powered his way to 2 more baskets. Mathis finished with 8 points for Elizabethtown.

Soumanoro pumped in 2 more baskets in the fourth quarter for Tar Heel, and Cowan bombed in a 3-point basket. Soumanoro topped the Panther scoring with 14 points, and Candelaria followed with 6 points.

Elizabethtown improved to 3-0 on the season with the victory.

TAR HEEL (24) – Lancine Soumanoro 14, Antonio Candelaria 6, Anthony Cowan 4, Ke Shawn Ballard, Larry Council, Gustavo Bravo, Gabriel Lara, Deyon McDonald, Alex Garza, Serinni Washington, Tucker Carroll.

ELIZABETHTOWN (37) – Malcolm Bolden 20, Ahmad Powell, Raymond Autry 3, Timothy McLean 2, Ty Mathis 8, Cameron White, Ryan Yandle, Jacob Nixon 6, Tyreon Graham, Phillip McKiver, Kory Smith, Jackson Wright, Marvin McKiver, Layne Ross.