ELIZABETHTOWN – Guard Malcolm Bolden poured in 22 points Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 58-34 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Tar Heel.
Bolden sparked a 21-11 Cougar first quarter run with a pair of baskets and 3 free throws. Teammate Cameron White pumped in a trio of baskets, Phillip McKiver tossed in 2 baskets and 2 free throws, and Zamar Lewis tacked on a basket.
Kearean Ballard threw in 2 baskets and 2 free throws for Tar Heel in the period, and Jordan Underwood and Ahmir Stepps added baskets.
Bolden netted 2 baskets and a free throw in the second quarter, Dominic Collins sank 4 free throws, and Jacob Nixon hit a free throw to keep the Cougars up 31-26 at halftime.
Ballard keyed the Panther rally in the second period with 2 baskets and a free throw. Stepps popped in 2 baskets, Underwood dropped in a basket and 2 free throws, and Ikeir Murchison hurled in a basket.
McKiver bombed in a 3-point shot and 2 other baskets to ignite a 13-5 Cougar spurt in the third period. Bolden flipped in 2 baskets, and Lewis pumped in a basket as the lead grew to 44-31.
Stepps and Ballard scored baskets for the Panthers in the third period, and Underwood made a free throw.
Bolden connected for 3 more baskets in the final quarter. Teammate Taran McNeil popped in 2 baskets, and Collins and Tyreon Graham delivered a basket each.
Stepps closed out the Panther scoring with a basket, and Murchison contributed a free throw.
McKiver finished with 13 points for Elizabethtown, and White and Collins scored 6 points each.
Ballard topped the Tar Heel scoring with 12 points. Stepps finished with 10 points, and Underwood followed with 7 points.
Coach Larry Williams’ Cougars improved to 10-2 on the season and will host Whiteville Central on February 14th. The Panthers, now 2-8, will travel to Clarkton Thursday.
Tar Heel 11 15 5 3 – 34
Elizabethtown 21 10 13 14 – 58
TAR HEEL (34) – Deyon McDonald, Ikeir Murchison 4, Kalef Brown, Kearean Ballard 12, Jordan Underwood 7, Aquani Hilton, Stefane Jessup, Ahmir Stepps 10, Xavier Lopez, Saquan Lewis, Cameron Page, Tyrek Ballard, Messyah Whitted.
ELIZABETHTOWN (58) – Phillip McKiver 13, Cameron White 6, Yontee Dobson, Jacob Nixon 1, Malcolm Bolden 22, Dominic Collins 6, Peyton Tatum, Zamar Lewis 4, J’marius Smith, Taran McNeill 4, Zach Metz, Tyreon Graham 2.