Birmingham, Ala. (WHNT) 66,058 fans attended the AHSAA state basketball finals this week in Birmingham. Johnson won it's second straight 5A crown to close down the school with a win in it's final year. Next season the Jaguars will move into the new Jemison high school in Huntsville. Muscle Shoals falls just short of it's first state championship in a 54-51 loss to Homewood. Click the video link above for highlights and reaction from both teams.
CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
Homewood 54, Muscle Shoals 51
Homewood used a fast start and some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute to claim a 54-51 victory over Muscle Shoals Saturday afternoon at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball championship.
The Patriots (31-5) of Coach Tim Shepler jumped out to quick lead as Austin Patterson sank two 3-pointers and Peyton Brown added another to put Homewood up 13-0 in the first quarter. Muscle Shoals (21-11) battled back, however, and the Patriots duo delivered again with Patterson sinking two free throws with 53 seconds left to give Homewood a 52-49 lead and Brown with a pair with seven seconds left to provide the final 54-51 margin.
Patterson finished with 15 points, including three treys, and Brown had five points and six rebounds. Junior guard Luke Touliatos had 13 points, six rebounds and was perfect 3-of-3 at the foul line to earn Class 6A All-Tourney MVP honors. Ronald Claiborne also had eight points and Chris Miller 7. The state title was the first for Homewood in school history and the third trip to the finals in Shepler’s tenure.
The Trojans, coached by first-year head coach Neal Barker, outscored Homewood 35-24 in the second and third quarters to set up the exciting finish. Braxton Winston had 16 points, three steals and three treys for Muscle Shoals. Teammates Calvin Bak and Mark Sears had 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bak had three 3-pointers and Sears had two and the Trojans finished 9-of-24 shooting from the 3-point arc.
CLASS 5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
J.O. Johnson 71, Faith Academy 50
J.O. Johnson High School’s boys’ basketball team topped off its final season with a 71-50 win over Faith Academy to capture the AHSAA Class 5A state basketball championship Saturday.
The Jaguars (29-5) also won their second straight 5A title and handed head coach Jack Doss the ninth state championship of his hall-of-fame coaching career in the process. J.O. Johnson is being closed as a high school by the Huntsville City Schools after this school year and students will attend a new school, Mae Jemison High School, next season.
Senior John Petty finished with 32 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and a 5-of-7 shooting performance from the 3-point arc to earn Class 5A state tournament MVP honors. He was 10-of-16 overall from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in a near perfect performance for J.O. Johnson. Justin Hopkins added 11 points and seven rebounds, Brandon Nicholas had nine points and Jarius Grayson had eight points and four assists. Brandon Crosby also handed out five assists.
Faith Academy (27-8), reaching the State Finals tournament for the fifth straight time, was led by Josh Hill’s 21 points. Roderick Williams also had 16 points, four assists and three steals. Coach John Price’s Rams were playing in the school’s first AHSAA state championship game.