Sunday, October 20, 2019






CLASS 7A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 61, Baker 42¬¬

Mountain Brook 61, Baker 42­­
BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook  High School made history Saturday night winning its third consecutive AHSAA Class 7A state boys’ basketball championship with a 61-42 victory over Baker to close out the 2019 AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    The announced attendance for the week was 64,927 with Saturday’s attendance the biggest of the week with 13,914.   Friday’s attendance was 11,896; Thursday (10,163); Wednesday (11,408); Tuesday (9.832); and Monday (7,714).
     Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (31-3) jumped out to a 30-16 lead by halftime and stretched the margin to 21 before Baker (21-14) clawed back to a 14-point deficit with a strong surge late in the third period.  Mountain Brook never let it get any closer.
     Senior Trendan Watford, one of the top-rated senior players in the nation, closed out his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He also had four blocked shots, two stills, two assists and made 12-of-13 at the foul line to earn Class 7A state tourney MVP honors. Lior Berman had 19 points for the Spartans and eight rebounds and Colby Jones scored 10 points.  Watford closed his career as the AHSAA’s all-time rebound leader had scored over 3,000 points.
    Baker, coached by David Armstrong, was paced by Kriston Davis’ 11 points. Jalen Lilly added nine points and Patrick Robinson had eight.
    Mountain Brook, which ended the season with 17 wins in a row and ranked in the top five nationally, became just the 10th team in AHSAA boys’ basketball history to win three state championships in a row. Francis Marion and Sacred Heart Catholic won four in row while Wenonah, Pickens County, R.C. Hatch, Madison Academy, Brantley, Austinville, Geraldine and Simpson won three. Geraldine (1931-33) and Simpson (1923-25) won three in a row when the tournament had only one division.  The Spartans are the first to win three at the state’s largest division since multiple classes were added. Mountain Brook now has five state titles with back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. McMillan, who recorded his 301st career win in the finals, has coached all five titles.
    The Class 7A All-Tourney Team included: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP);  Alex Washington, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Kriston Davis, Baker; Ahman Ellington, Hoover; and Demond Robinson, Lee-Montgomery.


97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2

Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Pinson Valley (24-9) 58, Carver-Montgomery (23-11) 44

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hoover (34-1) 47, Hewitt-Trussville (21-11) 33
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (31-3) 61, Baker (21-14) 42

Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

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