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Class 7A Boys Semifinals Hoover 65, Lee-Montgomery 56 (2 OT)

     Hoover outscored Lee-Montgomery 11-2 in the second overtime Thursday night to claw its way to a 65-56 win over Lee-Montgomery. The win catapults the Bucs into the Class 7A boys state basketball tournament championship game at BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    Dylan Smith scored nine of the final 11 points for Coach Charles Burkett’s Bucs (26-9 and assisted on the other bucket to finish with 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists on the night. He a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line including hitting all six attempts in the final 37 seconds of the marathon contest.
    Maurice Brown added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Shaquille Bracey added 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. Hoover finished 15-of-18 from the foul line but just 6-of-31 from the 3-point zone.
    Lee (29-4), coached by Bryant Johnson, struggled out the charity stripe sinking only 14-of-34.  Kendarius Hartwell had 12 points, Roderick Scott had 11 and Trenton Clayton 10 for the Generals. Tommy Burton scored nine points, cleared a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
    The 7A finals will close out the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships Saturday at 7 p.m. All finals Friday and Saturday will be televised by Raycom Media. Check www.ahsaa.com for channels in each area that will be carrying the games.
   The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all 14 championships starting Friday morning. The links can be found at www.ahsaa.com as well.



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