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EAST ARCADIA – Tar Heel’s Panthers raced to leads of 10-0 and 17-2 en route to a 39-27 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over East Arcadia.

Larry Council threw in a pair of first quarter baskets, Antonio Candelaria sank 3 free throws, and Lancine Soumanoro tossed in a basket as Tar Heel built the 10-0 first quarter lead. Ke Shawn Ballard added a free throw.

Soumanoro pumped in a pair of second-quarter baskets, Serinni Washington dropped in a basket, and Anthony Cowan hit a free throw as the visitors stretched their lead to 17-2. Emmanuel Lewis scored the only East Arcadia basket of the first half.

Lewis drained a 3-point shot, a 2-point basket and a free throw in the third quarter. Teammate Trevon Sower canned a basket, and Olierio made a free throw.

Soumanoro fired in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the third period. Cowan and Washington added a basket each to keep the Tar Heel lead at 27-11 at the quarter break.

Lewis drilled in a 2-point shot and 2 more baskets for East Arcadia in the final period. Teammate David bombed in a 3-point shot and hit 2 free throws. Corey Robbins popped in a basket, and Olierio netted a free throw.

Council buried a 3-point shot for Tar Heel in the final quarter. Ballard contributed a basket and a free throw, and Soumanoro, Candelaria and Washington connected on a basket each.

Soumanoro topped the Tar Heel scoring with 14 points, Council finished with 7 points, and Washington totaled 6 points. Lewis led all scorers for East Arcadia with 15 points.

TAR HEEL (39) – Lancine Soumanoro 14, Antonio Candelaria 5, Anthony Cowan 3, Ke Shawn Ballard 4, Larry Council 7, Gustavo Bravo Verdugo, Gabriel Lara, Todd Richardson, Deyon McDonald, Alex Garza, Saquan Lewis, Serinni Washington 6, Cory Clanton, Tucker Carroll.

EAST ARCADIA (27) – Emanuel Lewis 15, Kenneth Armstrong, Trevon Sower 2, Aljuan Brown 1, Corey Robbins 2, Malaquie Lewis, Quantico Fennell, Olierio 2, David 5, Shyheem Everette, Tyler Pyatt, Dashawn Ballard.