Knights rally past Clinton

Staff report

January 11, 2014

CLINTON — West Bladen rallied from a six-point deficit late in the game to earn a 50-47 Four County Conference win over Clinton on Friday.

The win improves the Knights to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. It also knots them with the Dark Horses for third place in the conference, but with the early tie-breaker.

Clinton managed to take the early lead by holding West Bladen to just three baskets, and the Dark Horses held a 10-6 edge going into the second stanza.

The Knights began to turn the tables in that second period, getting five points from both Nate Pryor and Xavier McKoy to outscore the Dark Horses by a 14-8 margin and take a 20-18 advantage into halftime.

But Clinton stormed out of the locker room and began hitting everything in sight. Before the third quarter came to a close, the Dark Horses had put 22 points on the board — holding West Bladen to 14 en route to taking a 40-34 lead into the final 8 minutes of play. Stefan McDonald did all he he could to keep West Bladen close in the quarter, scoring all seven points of his points in the period.

But coach Travis Pait wouldn’t let his Knights fold.

Rahu Purdie canned a pair of baskets and two free throws, while Malcolm Vaught — held scoreless in the game — buried his lone basket in the quarter, a three-pointer, in the fourth quarter to lead a 16-7 outburst and give West Bladen the win.

Pryor led the Knights with 16 pints, while Purdie was right behind with 15 points. Purdie also added three steals in the game.

On the boards, Brandon Council and McKoy led West Bladen with six rebounds each.