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Middle School Boys Basketball: Whiteville Central 43, Bladenboro 38

BLADENBORO – Amari Best sparked a 17-9 third period rally that propelled Whiteville Central to a 43-38 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys’ basketball victory over Bladenboro Thursday night.

Best threw in 8 of his team-high 17 points in the quarter. Teammate Montrez Holland scored 6 of his 9 points in the second half.

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Bladenboro’s Hezekiah Adams filled up the rim with 3 baskets and a free throw in the third quarter. Teammate Landon Stanley added a basket to keep the Bulldogs within 34-28.

Adams sank 3 free throws and a basket in the final period, and Stanley nailed a 3-point shot and another basket. Stanley poured in 20 points to lead all scorers, and Adams finished with 14 points.

Stanley drilled in a 3-point shot in the opening quarter, center Chase Williams dropped in a basket, and Andre Moore canned a free throw to keep the Bulldogs even 6-6 at the quarter break.

Stanley bombed in a pair of 3-point shots in the second quarter and tossed in a basket and 2 free throws. Adams cashed in 2 free throws, and Williams made one as the Bulldogs edged ahead 19-17 at halftime.

The Bulldogs, now 3-5 in Division AA play and 5-6 overall, will travel to Tar Heel Tuesday.

Whiteville    6  11  17   9 – 43
Bladenboro  6  13   9  10 – 38

BLADENBORO (38) – Andre Moore 1, Hezekiah Adams 14, Chase Williams 3, Cade Allen, Aaron Lewis, Landon Stanley 20, Jackson Pait, Elijah McCollum, Tylik McCall, Jemiah Ross, Brandon McDonald, Breenan Greene, Trent Meares, Aiden Russ, Gavin Elks.

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