Eagles upset bid falls short

Staff report

TEACHEY — East Bladen’s upset bid of Wallace-Rose Hill Tuesday ended in the third quarter, and the Eagles’ season likely ended with a 62-56 loss to the Bulldogs in the first round of the Four County Conference Tournament.

East Bladen fell to 6-17 overall.

The Eagles battled for a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, sparked by a three-pointer from Eian Hines. They followed up with a 19-14 advantage in the second quarter, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers and two baskets by Adonis Avery that led East Bladen to a 32-26 lead at the intermission.

But Wallace-Rose Hill’s full-court press began to pay dividends in the second half.

Turnovers and fouls plagued the Eagles and the lead evaporated when the Bulldogs won the third quarter, 18-10, taking a 44-42 advantage into the fourth frame.

J.R. Robinson drained a three-pointer for East Bladen in the period, but Wallace-Rose Hill outscored the visitors by an 18-14 margin to seal the win.

Hines and Avery each scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, and Demetrius Wooten added 11 points.

East Bladen was outscored at the free throw stripe by a 17-7 margin, as the Bulldogs hit 17-of-29 and the Eagles hit 7-of-8.

Staff report

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