TABOR CITY — West Bladen survived a tenacious second-half rally by South Columbus to take a 62-54 non-conference win on the road Tuesday.
The Knights improved to 3-2 with the victory.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first quarter and West Bladen ended the period with a slim 13-12 lead.
In the second quarter, the Knights began to pull away and manufactured a 27-21 lead by halftime.
The momentum continued for the Knights in the third quarter. Behind the three-point shooting of Malcolm Vaught, inside work by Brandon Council and the dominance on the boards by Nate Pryor and Stefan McDonald, West Bladen opened the second half with a 16-1 run that vaulted the Knights to a 43-22 lead.
But the Stallions wouldn’t go away. The home team closed the third quarter with a 14-0 spurt to close the gap to 43-36, then opened the fourth quarter with the first four points to pull within 43-40.
But West Bladen’s offense got back on track and outscored South Columbus by a 19-14 margin the rest of the way to seal the win.
“We didn’t panic when they cut it to three,” said West Bladen coach Travis Pait. “I think we handled the press real well and we’re playing better every game.
“We finally got the big boy (Council) going and Malcolm looked like Malcolm, hitting some good threes,” Pait added. “Malcolm was in the gym shooting that morning because he hasn’t been happy with his shot.”
Vaught led the Knights with 16 points behind four three-pointers. He also added seven assists. Council scored 13 points and Pryor added 12 for the Knights. On the boards, McDonald grabbed 11 rebounds and Pryor pulled down 10 rebounds.