Hot, cold Eagles earn a win

W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen book-ended two lackadaisical quarters with a pair of stellar quarters Tuesday to beat visiting Union in a Four County Conference tilt, 55-38.

The win improves the Eagles to 6-15 overall, 3-10 in the conference and snaps a six-game losing streak.

East Bladen opened the game on fire and outscored the Spartans by a 17-6 margin in the first quarter, highlighted by a Denzel Johnson three-pointer. But that’s when thing’s went south for the Eagles.

Union got things going defensively and East Bladen contributed to the trouble as the Spartans outscored the Eagles 10-2 through the period and closed the deficit to 19-16 at halftime. Dayvon Powell’s bucket provided the lone East Bladen points in the stanza.

Not much got better in the third quarter, as the Spartans got the best of the scoreboard, 11-7, and took a 27-26 lead into the fourth quarter of play.

But East Bladen woke up in time, lighting up the scoreboard for a season-high 29 points over the 8 minutes, while holding Union to just 11 points to zip up the 17-point win. The fourth-quarter burst was sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Sincere Smith that gave the Eagles the lead for good, and Johnson buried another three-pointer later in the quarter.

Smith had a second straight solid game and led East Bladen with 13 points with a trio of three-pointers, while the Hines brothers — Ethan and Eian — each scored 10 points for the Eagles. Johnson sank two three-pointers and scored eight points.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent

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