LAKE WACCAMAW — East Bladen won all four quarters of Wednesday night’s game and came away with a 54-41 non-conference win for the second time this season against East Columbus.
The win improved the Eagles to 4-1.
Alex Stephens propelled East Bladen in the opening quarter with a three-pointer and six points, as the Eagles staked themselves to a 13-10 lead after the first 8 minutes of play.
The momentum continued for East Bladen in the second quarter when the Eagles put together another 13-10 margin and stretched the lead to 26-10.
Defense shone for East Bladen in the third quarter as the Eagles held the Gators to just five points and widened the lead to 37-25 going into the final quarter.
The two teams all but traded points down the stretch, but East Bladen again won the period, this time 17-15, and sealed the win.
Farrell Murchiosn and Stephens each scored 12 points to lead East Bladen, while Eian Hines added 11 points.
— In a game that came down to rebounds and three-pointers, the Eagles of East Bladen were never challenged in a 72-35 non-conference win over St. Pauls on Monday in Elizabethtown.
The win improved the Eagles to 3-1, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-4.
East Bladen bombed in a total of 10 three-pointers — four from Farrell Murchison and three from Chris McKnight — while St. Pauls could manage just a single three-pointer in the game.
The Eagles controlled the first quarter and raced out to an 11-4 lead before the second quarter began. But it was the second stanza that allow East Bladen to all but sew up the game.
Highlighted by a pair of Murchison three-pointers, the Eagles manufactured a 23-8 run through the quarter and went into halftime holding a 34-12 lead.
Murchison came out of the locker room and nailed another three-pointer to start the second half, sparking East Bladen to a 16-10 advantage in the third quarter that extended the Eagles’ lead to 50-18.
In the fourth quarter, East Bladen benefited from a pair of McKnight long-range three-pointers and put the Bulldogs away with a 22-11 stretch run.
Murchison led the Eagles with a career-high 26 points, while Josh McMillian controlled the boards with 14 rebounds. Eian Hines contributed 11 points for East Bladen.