Knights upend Union, 74-57

ROSE HILL — A strong fourth quarter helped lead West Bladen to its second win of the season Monday, 74-57. Both wins have come against Union in non-conference tilts.

The win improved the Knights to 2-6 overall.

West Bladen came out of the gates quickly, led by Jonathan Robinson’s eight points down low and three-point buckets from Trashawn Ballard and Shyron Adams, and opened a 22-14 lead going into the second quarter.

Over the 8 minutes before halftime, the Knights did most of their damage from beyond the arc, as four players — Scott Bowen, Tyre Boykin, Ballard and Adams — each drained a three-pointer. West Bladen used a 15-13 advantage in the period to carry a 37-27 advantage into the locker room.

The Spartans opened the second half with adjustments at both ends of the court, and each paid off. Union used an 18-14 advantage through the third quarter to pull within six, 51-45, going into the fourth frame.

But West Bladen turned the tables down the stretch, using three-point baskets from Gerardo Reyes and Jaheim Lesane to outscore the Spartans by a 23-12 margin and sealed the win.

Robinson and Bowen each scored 14 points to lead the Knights, while balanced scoring followed with Adams scoring eight, Boykin getting seven, Ballard and Reyes canning six and Jimmy Williams dropping in five.

West Bladen won’t play again until Wednesday, Dec. 27, when they host Dillon, S.C., in the first round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at 8 p.m.