ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles couldn’t have asked for a better unfolding of Monday’s game against visiting Union.
Playing in their third Four County Conference game in four days, thanks to Mother Nature, East Bladen put on a shooting and defensive clinic to bury the Spartans, 54-29.
The win improved the Eagles to 12-9 overall and 7-6 in the conference, while Union fell to 3-17 overall and 1-12 in the conference.
Three-pointers rained from the fingers of East Bladen shooters right from the start. Alex Stephens and Farrell Murchison each bombed in a pair to lead the Eagles to a 16-4 first-quarter lead.
That advantage was expanded in the second quarter when Dayvon Powell and Stephens each canned three-pointers, and East Bladen built a 26-9 lead by intermission.
The Spartans never could solve the East Bladen defense, and could not build a threat. Union matched points with the Eagles through the third quarter, but still trailed by a 35-18 margin at the start of the fourth period.
Three-pointers continued for East Bladen, hitting 10 in all through the game, and the Eagles outscored Union by a 19-11 margin down the stretch to seal the game.
“That’s a team, even though they’ve only won one conference game, that can beat us if we take them lightly,” said East Bladen coach Ken Cross.
Stephens, who buried four three-pointers, led East Bladen with 14 pints, while Murchison hit a trio of the long-range shots and finished with 12 points. Powell contributed nine points for the Eagles.