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WHITEVILLE – Amani Best scored 10 of his game-high 14 points for Whiteville Central in the second half as the Hornets pulled out a 28-24 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Bladenboro Monday.

Cade Allen and Landon Stanley popped in first period baskets, and Hezekiah Adams dropped in a free throw to keep Bladenboro tied with the Hornets 5-5 at the quarter break.

Adams, Allen and center Chase Williams sank free throws in the second quarter for the Bulldogs, but a pair of Best baskets pushed Central ahead 12-8 at halftime.

Williams powered inside for 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the third quarter, and Aaron Lewis pumped in a basket to keep the Bulldogs within 21-16. Williams muscled in 2 more baskets, Adams canned 2 free throws,  and Lewis threw in a basket in the final quarter.

Williams led the Bladenboro scoring with 11 points, and Adams and Lewis totaled 4 points each.

The Bulldogs, now 3-2 in Division AA play and 5-3 overall, will host Williams Township Thursday.

Bladenboro     5    3    8    8  -24
Central            5    7    9    7 – 28

Bladenboro (24) – Andre Moore, Hezekiah Adams 4, Chase Williams 11, Cade Allen 3, Aaron Lewis 4, Landon Stanley 2, Jackson Pait, Elijah McCollum, Tylik McCall, Jemiah Ross, Brandon McDonald, Breenan Greene, Trent Meares, Aiden Russ, Gavin Elks. 

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