Fri. February 01, 2013 at 11:42 p.m. | By Kris Lancaster | Sports@StarNewsOnline.com
West Brunswick's Gray Cheers dribbles past West Bladen's Malcolm Wright during their game at West Brunswick on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (Photo by Paul Stephen)
Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct a mistake in naming the West Brunswick coach as Brad Lewis. Eric Davis coaches West Brunswick boys basketball.
SHALLOTTE | An otherwise entertaining game between the West Bladen Knights and the West Brunswick Trojans was spoiled Friday night when a scuffle on the court made its way to the stands, forcing officials to call the game with 13 seconds left in regulation.
West Brunswick won the game 64-52 to improve to 10-7, with a 7-2 record in the Waccamaw Conference.
The incident began when West Bladen's Malcolm Vaught fouled West Brunswick's Markel Jones hard in the waning seconds of regulation. Jones took exception to the foul, and the confrontation spilled over to the coaches. Soon the already hostile crowd joined in, and once peace was restored officials decided to end the game.
"You've got two tough teams, and I think the emotion of the game just got the best of the situation," said West Brunswick coach Eric Davis. "I just hate that it escalated the way it did."
The game was tightly played throughout much of the night, with the Trojans taking the early lead 15-10 in the first quarter. They would never relinquish the lead despite several West Bladen runs throughout the second half.
Much of that has to do with the defensive pressure the Trojans put on the Knights, along with a balanced offensive attack in which three players scored in double figures.
"I thought we dug in and got stops in the fourth quarter when we needed to," Davis said. "They cut it to four, and then we came down and hit a shot, and I don't know if they scored after that. We've come up with this goal to hold teams under 52 points, and this is the second game in a row we were able to do that."
The win also keeps the Trojans in first in the Waccamaw.
"Our goal has been to win a conference championship," Davis said. "It hasn't been done here since 1989. Fortunately we put ourselves in a position where we control our own destiny, but we're just trying to take it one game at a time."
GIRLS: WEST BLADEN 66, WEST BRUNSWICK 44
Courtney Thompson scored 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Knights (15-4, 6-2) over West Brunswick in the first game of the doubleheader. The loss drops the Trojans to 2-12 overall, with a 0-7 record in the Waccamaw Conference.
Kaitlyn Sykes had eight points and five rebounds for the Knights, while Kianna Pigott led the Trojans with 14 points. Yana Bland also added 11 points for West Brunswick.