Defense helps send Knights past Union

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ROSE HILL — Malcolm Vaught continued his deadly three-point prowess and West Bladen used a lights-out second-quarter defense to propel it to a 48-33 win over Union in the Four County Conference opener on Tuesday.

The win improved the Knights to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

Vaught bombed in a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter and accounted for eight of West Bladen’s points, but the Spartans managed to hold a slim 11-10 lead when the buzzer sounded.

The Knights answered with blanket defense in the second stanza, holding Union to just two points in the quarter. West Bladen, meanwhile, cranked up its offense for an 11-2 spurt through the 8 minutes and took a 21-13 lead into halftime.

The two teams traded 11 points each in the third quarter, which got the Spartans no closer, and the Knights took a 32-24 edge into the fourth quarter.

Early in the final 8 minutes, the Knights went on a 10-3 run to extend their lead to 42-27 before being content to trade points down the stretch for the win.

Vaught led West Bladen with 18 points behind a trio of three-pointers, while Rahu Purdie scored 12 points.


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