DUBLIN — The second quarter became East Bladen’s undoing as Southern Lee closed the half with a 20-4 burst and went on to hand the Eagles a 65-37 loss in the first round of the annual Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen on Monday.
The Cavaliers exploded out of the gate with three long-range shots that propelled the visitors to a 13-2 lead, but East Bladen answered with a 5-0 spurt to pull within 13-8 after the first quarter.
That spurt continued with the second quarter’s first two points for the Eagles, but Southern Lee went on an 11-0 run that extended its lead to 24-10. Two East Bladen buckets pulled the Eagles to within 24-14, but the Cavaliers finished the half with a 9-0 run and took a 33-14 advantage into halftime.
Southern Lee outscored the Eagles by an 18-13 margin in the third quarter to take the lead out to 51-27. East Bladen’s highlight came when Ethan Hines drained a three-pointer.
Through the fourth frame, the Eagles got a three-pointer from Jermaine Robinson, but the Cavaliers outgunned East Bladen 14-10 down the stretch to seal the 28-point win.
Dayvon Powell led the Eagles with 11 points, while Hines scored nine points and had two blocked shots.