Sunday, March 29, 2020






Class 3A Boys’ Championship Pike County 59, Lauderdale County 45

    BIRMINGHAM – Pike County 6-foot-8 senior center Andres Burney scored 21 points and cleared 24 rebounds Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 59-45 victory over Lauderdale County in the Class 3A boys’ finals at the BJCC Legacy Center as the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships.
     Burney also blocked eight shots, altered a number of other shots and handed our three assists to earn MVP honors for the Bulldogs (24-6) coached by Doug Holland. The state title was the first in school history for the Brundidge school, which made its first appearance at the AHSAA State Basketball Championships in 2016. Burney, who got into foul trouble early in the semifinals Tuesday, did not commit a foul Friday’s championship game.
    Pike County out-rebounded Lauderdale County (26-8) 44-22 and also limited the Tigers of Coach Mark Newton to just 27.6% shooting from the field (16-of-58). Ian Foster added 14 points for the Bulldogs and Omar Cumberbatch had 12. He was 6-of-7 at the foul line.  Burney gave Pike County a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with his only 3-point goal of the game and the Bulldogs led the rest of the game.
     Eric Fuqua led Lauderdale County with 25 points. He was 5-of-8 from the 3-point line.  Juvonne Shanes added nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
      Lauderdale County was also making its first appearance in a state championship game.
     Friday’s championship day schedule concludes with 4A girls’ title game at 4 p.m. featuring Deshler and Anniston, and the 4A boys’ championship at 5:45 featuring defending state champion Talladega versus Williamson. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A conclude the 2020 state tournament with girls’ and boys’ championships Saturday.  
     All championship games in the 2020 AHSAA State Tourney are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and are also being shown over the AHSAA TV Network’s group of cable affiliates in Alabama. WOTM TV is producing all games and the AHSAA Radio Network is handling announcing duties for radio and TV during the semifinals.
    All cable systems in Alabama have a chance to take the broadcast feed for all the games free of charge. If your local cable company is not televising the games, please contact them and ask them to join the AHSAA TV Network.
Class 3A Boys’ All-State Tournament Team
Andres Burney, Pike County (MVP); Omar Cumberbatch, Pike County; Ian Foster, Pike County; Eric Fuqua, Lauderdale County; Juvonne Shanes, Lauderdale County; Raiden Morgan, Hanceville.



Class 2A Girls Finals
Collinsville (29-3) 58, Cold Springs (31-5) 45
Class 2A Boys Finals
Calhoun (21-12) 64, Barbour County (25-12) 61
Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-3) 59, T.R. Miller (28-2) 52
Class 3A Boys Finals
Pike County (24-6) 59, Lauderdale County (26-8) 45
Class 4A Girls Finals
Anniston (28-3) vs. Deshler (24-10), Friday, 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals

Talladega (26-6) vs. Williamson (27-5), Friday, 5:45 p.m.

Class 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson (28-0) vs. Madison Academy (31-4), Sat., 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals

Center Point (16-14) vs. Fairfield (29-5), Sat., 10:45 a.m.
Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. McAdory (28-7), Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Huffman (31-3) vs. Bessemer City (19-14), Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
Class 7A Girls Finals
Hoover (31-2) vs. Spain Park (31-4), Saturday, 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals

Lee-Montgomery (32-1) vs. Mountain Brook (32-2), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

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