BURGAW — The Eagles opened a lead in the first quarter that it never gave away, and went on to hand Pender County a 77-65 Four County Conference loss on Saturday.
The win improved East Bladen to 11-9 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
The Eagles raced out to a 24-13 edge by the end of the first quarter and traded points through the second stanza to take a 42-32 lead into halftime.
The third quarter proved to be the pivotal period for East Bladen, as the Eagles outscored the Patriots by a 17-9 margin to extend the lead to 59-41.
Pender County rallied in the fourth quarter, but could not finish the comeback.
Farrell Murchison had a big night for East Bladen, scoring 25 points that included a pair of three-pointers and hitting 11-of-12 free throws.
Eian Hines added 14 points for the Eagles, while Alex Stephens scored 11.
— One of East Bladen’s most notorious nemises reared its ugly head once against Friday in Teachey, and the Eagles dropped a heart-breaker at Wallace-Rose Hill, 65-63.
The Eagles whiffed on 17 of their 33 free throws in the game and, despite a frenetic fourth quarter that saw the two teams combine for 49 points, East Bladen couldn’t get enough of the free points from the line.
Jaquan Jones led the Eagles with 21 points, while Alex Stephens had 12, Josh McMillian had 11 and Eathan Hines scored nine.