ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen scalded the nets with seven three-pointers in just over a quarter to open the game Thursday against Midway, opening a 20-point advantage — but then went cold and saw its lead evaporate, losing the Four County Conference tilt to the Raiders, 56-51.
The loss drops the Eagles to 5-11 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
East Bladen, which has drained a combined 28 three-pointers in its last three games, opened Thursday’s match-up with a 9-1 surge that included three-pointers from Eian Hines and Denzel Johnson. Ethan Hines canned a pair of three-pointers and Johnson added another one as the Eagles finished the first frame with a 20-3 advantage.
That lead grew to 23-3 early in the second quarter when Johnson canned another three-pointer, but it was the last long-range bomb the Eagles would connect on in the game. Midway began its rally midway into the second quarter, finishing the half with a 15-2 burst that left the Raiders trailing by just 27-20.
East Bladen continued to skid in the second half, as Midway pulled to within 27-25 before the Eagles went on a 5-2 spurt. But the Raiders finished the third quarter with a 6-0 run that kept them within 38-36 going into the final 8 minutes of play.
The Eagles opened the fourth frame with a 3-0 spurt, but Midway answered with its own 4-0 run to close within 41-40 — then finished the game with a 16-11 burst to seal the win.
Johnson led East Bladen with 14 points, but Ethan Hines filled the stat sheet with 10 points, five steals and four rebounds. Eian Hines scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.