Mountain Brook High School’s Spartans clinched berth in the AHSAA State Basketball Championships state finals for the seventh time in the last eight seasons Thursday afternoon with a 60-50 win over Fairhope in the Class 7A semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The Spartans (32-2) of Coach Bucky McMillan will meet Lee-Montgomery (32-1) in a much anticipated finals to close out 98 th AHSAA 7A State Basketball Championships Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Senior Colby Jones scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the Spartans’ effort. He scored all 10 of his team’s points in the third period as the Pirates cut an 11-point deficit at halftime to just seven outscoring Mountain Brook 14-10. Jones also had three assists, three steals and two blocked shots – turning in one of his top overall efforts of the season. Holt Bashinsky and Carter Sobera added 12 points to hold off the Pirates’ strong challenge in the final period. Sobera also had eight rebounds before fouling out in the fourth period. Bashinsky also had three assists. Coach Solomon Johnson’s Pirates (24-5) stayed close thanks in big part to the shooting of junior guard Riley Leonard and sophomore guard Hunter Ivy, who had 22 and 12 points, respectively. Leonard also had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. He sank two 3-pointers and was 6-of-8 at the free-throw line. Ramone Bradley chipped in seven points, four steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Fairhope forced 17 turnovers and had only 12. The Spartans, however, won the rebound battled 43-27. Mountain Brook, which has won five state titles in the last seven years and will be in playing in the championship game for the seventh time in the last eight years, beat Baker in the finals in 2019, McGill-Toolen in 2018 and Auburn in 2017. Hoover beat Mountain Brook 50-43 in the 2015 finals, and Mountain Brook won its first two state title in 2013 and 2014 over Sparkman and Blount, respectively. The Spartans were not in the finals in 2016. All semifinal and 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. 98 th AHSAA STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Wednesday’s Results Class 7A Girls Semifinals Hoover (31-2) 58, Central-Phenix City (21-8) 42 Spain Park (31-4) 48, McGill-Toolen Catholic (26-7) 36 Class 7A Girls Championship Hoover (31-2) vs. Spain Park (31-4), Saturday, 4 p.m. Class 7A Boys Semifinals Lee-Montgomery (32-1) 65, Oak Mountain (22-9) 57 Mountain Brook (32-2) 60, Fairhope (24-5) 50 Class 7A Boys Championship Lee-Montgomery (32-1) vs. Mountain Brook (32-2), Saturday, 5:45 p.m. Class 1A Girls’ Championship Spring Garden (34-2) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-4), Thursday, 4 p.m. Class 1A Boys Championship Lanett (21-11) vs. Pickens County (25-3), Thursday, 5:45 p.m.