Class 3A BOYS FINALS: Madison Academy 75, Piedmont 51
Madison Academy (19-12) placed four players in double figures as the Mustangs captured the AHSAA Class 3A boys state basketball championship with a 75-51 win over Piedmont in at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday night.
Junior Josh Langford, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to earn Class 3A state tournament MVP honors for Coach Andy Blackston’s team. He was 6-of-7 from the foul line and also blocked two shots. Teammate Myles Parker added 12 points, Will Acuff and Cole Tomlinson chipped in 11 points each.
Piedmont (22-12) was led by Darnell Jackson’s 17 points. Taylor Hayes had 12.
The state titles was Madison Academy’s fifth since 2006 and the fourth with Blackston as head coach. The Mustangs won titles in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
Class 3A Boys All-Tournament Team
Josh Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Will Acuff, Madison Academy; Darnell Jackson, Piedmont; Taylor Hayes, Piedmont; Josh Thomas, Montgomery Academy; Christian Gross, Excel.
Feb. 27, 2015
Class 4A BOYS FINAL : West Limestone 53, Westminster Christian Academy 42
West Limestone won its first boys state championship since 1956 Friday night with a 53-42 win over Westminster Christian in the Class 4A finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
The Wildcats (33-3) of Coach Justin Taylor sank 19-of-26 free throws -- 17 in the second half -- to hold off a tenacious comeback effort by the Wildcats (21-12).
Senior Zane Griffin had 17 points including 7-of-8 from the foul line and sophomore point guard Matt Bozeman added 1, also sinking 7-of-8 free throws. Class 4A state tournament MVP Hunter Morgan had 12 points and five rebounds.
West Limestone limited Coach Ronnie Stapler’s Westminster team to just nine points in the first half but led only 19-9. The game got tense in the fourth period. Westminster closed to within seven at 46-39 with 2:04 to play. With four starters fouled out for West Limestone, reserve Evan Hill sank two free throws with 27 seconds left and Zane Griffin’s two free throws seven seconds later sealed the win.
Trey Petty’s 11 points and six rebounds paced Westminster.
Class 4A Boys All-Tournament Team
Hunter Morgan, West Limestone (MVP); Matt Bozeman, West Limestone; Zane Griffin, West Limestone; Jarrett Murphy, Westminster Christiahn; Trey Petty, Westminster Christian; Brice Scott, Straughn; Maleake Kersh, Bibb County.
Feb. 26, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- CLASS 5A BOYS SEMIFINAL, JOHNSON 57, FAITH ACADEMY 40
J.O. Johnson rallied from a one-point deficit at the half to post a 57-40 win over Faith Academy in the Class 5A boys state tournament semifinals Thursday at Bill Harris Arena.
The Jaguars (31-4) of Coach Jack Doss outscored the Rams 32-14 in the final two quarters to snap Faith Academy’s 33-game winning streak -- longest current boys streak in the state heading into the 2015 AHSAA State Tournament.
John Petty’s 21 points and nine rebounds sparked J.O. Johnson. The victory was the 748th career win for Doss (748-340). The veteran coach was selected to be inducted into the 25th AHSAA Hall of Fame Class on March 23.
Terrion Bone added 14 points and Justin Hopkins had 10.
Coach John Price’s Rams (34-2), who lost in the second game of the regular season before reeling off 33 straight wins to capture the South Regional, were paced by Josh Hill’s 23 points and eight rebounds.
J.O. Johnson will play Ramsay in the Class 5A state finals at BJCC Legacy Center Saturday night. Ramsay finished as Class 5A runner-up in 2014 and Johnson was runner-up in Class 4A.
The Jags moved to 5A this school year when the AHSAA established seven classifications.
Feb. 26, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA-- CLASS 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE 48, HOMEWOOD 45
Lee-Huntsville (27-6) outscored Homewood 12-5 down the stretch to pull out a 48-45 semifinal victory in the Class 6A Boys state basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday.
Gerron Scissom sealed the win with two free throws with seven seconds remaining for Coach Greg Brown’s Generals. Scissom had a team-high 13 points and finished a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had three steals, three blocked shots and three assists.
Tracy Burnett added 10 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and Malik Burnett had 11 points.
Homewood (28-8), coached by Tim Shepler, was led by Malik Cook-Stroupe’s 15 points and four assists. Ronald Claiborne had 10 points and Austin Patterson had eight plus a team-high seven rebounds.
Lee will play Carver-Montgomery in the 6A finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tourney at the BJCC Saturday at 3 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Westminster Christian (21-11) handed veteran coach Ronnie Stapler the 699th win of his high school coaching career Tuesday night with a 41-37 victory over Straughn in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 4A boys state tournament.
Playing the semifinals for the first time in school history, the Wildcats relied on tough defense to seal the win. Trey Petty scored 14 points and Tysean Whitehead added eight points and seven rebounds.
Straughn (21-9), coached by Lomax Andrews, shot 51.7 percent from the field but was limited to only 29 field-goal tries. Steve Lawless had nine points for the Tigers and Brice Scott added eight. He also had seven rebounds. Rollin Kinsaul chipped in seven points and four steals in a strong defensive effort as well.
Westminster will play in the Class 4A boys’ state finals Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Madison Academy beat Montgomery Academy 66-55 in the Class 3A boys semifinals Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Friday.
The Mustangs (18-12), coached by Andy Blackston, led 54-53 with 1:48 to play when Myles Parker sank a lay-up. An intentional foul on the play sent him to the free-throw line for two more points and Josh Langford nailed a short jumper on the inbounds pass to turn the one-point game into a seven-point lead.
Langford led Madison Academy with 16 points and seven rebounds. Keke Matthews added 15 points and Will Acuff 13.
Madison Academy will play the Piedmont-Excel winner for the state title. The matchup is scheduled for at 3 p.m. Friday.(FEB. 27, 2015)
CLASS 5A NORTHEAST REGIONAL FINAL / JOHNSON 82, BUTLER 62
CLASS 3A NORTHWEST REGIONAL FINAL / MADISON ACADEMY 60 WINFIELD 42
CLASS 3A MADISON ACADEMY POST GAME
CLASS 3A GIRLS NORTHWEST REGIONAL FINAL / LAUDERDALE COUNTY 60, MADISON ACADEMY 56
CLASS 6A NORTHWEST REGIONAL FINAL / LEE-HUNTSVILLE 92, CULLMAN 69
CLASS 6A GIRLS NORTHWEST REGIONAL FINAL / AUSTIN 53, LEE-HUNTSVILLE 49
CLASS 7A NORTHWEST REGIONAL FINAL / HOOVER 49, SPARKMAN 44
CLASS 7A GIRLS NORTHWEST REGIONAL FINAL / HAZEL GREEN 45, HOOVER 39
CLASS 5A NORTHWEST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS/ BUTLER 73, ALEXANDRIA 68 (OT)
CLASS 5A NORTHEAST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS / JOHNSON 70, ANNINSTON 45
CLASS 5A GIRLS NORTHEAST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS / ANNINSTON 54, MADISON COUNTY 49