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Three Rivers Boys Basketball Tournament: St. Pauls 48, East Bladen 27

ST. PAULS – Sophomore Jeyvian Tatum fired in 15 points to lead St. Pauls to a 48-27 victory over East Bladen Monday night in the opening round of the Three Rivers Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.

Senior Juwan Baldwin and juniors Javant McDowell and Lefrederick Wooten dropped in baskets to keep the Eagles within 7-6 of the Bulldogs at the quarter break.

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Tatum bombed in a pair of 3-point shots and a free throw, and senior Emonta Smith drained a 3-ball and another basket as the Bulldogs built a 23-14 halftime lead. Baldwin and junior RaSean McKoy tossed in baskets for the Eagles, and senior Tayshaun Berkeley and McDowell netted 2 free throws each.

Five points, including another 3-ball, from Tatum helped the Bulldogs pad their lead to 32-19. McDowell and Berkeley pumped in baskets, and junior Jacob Priest added a free throw for East Bladen.

Baldwin, RaSean McKoy, McDowell and senior Corey McKoy threw in baskets for East Bladen in the final period.

McDowell led the Eagles with 8 points. Baldwin followed with 6 points, and RaSean McKoy and Berkeley totaled 4 points each. Senior Caleb Henderson followed Tatum with 8 points for St. Pauls.

The Eagles completed their season with a 4-17 record. It was the final game of their East Bladen careers for seniors Juwan Baldwin, Corey McKoy and Tayshaun Berkeley.

East Bladen  6   8  5    8 – 27
St. Pauls       7  16  9  16 – 48

EAST BLADEN (27) – Tayshaun Berkeley 4, RaSean McKoy 4, Zach Meares, Javant McDowell 8, Corey McKoy 2, Lefrederick Wooten 2, Juwan Baldwin 6, Jacob Priest 1, Malcolm Bolden.

ST. PAULS (48) – Anthony Campbell, Zarron Glover, Caleb Henderson 8, Emonta Smith 5, Marquiese Coleman, Josh Henderson, Jeyvian Tatum 15, Erikson Emanuel 2, Waltay Jackson 4, Eric Malloy, Josh McNair 6, William Ford 6, Issac Garner 2.

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