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.
    The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with 6A and 7A championships Saturday afternoon.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 5A State Finals All-Tourney Team
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (MVP); Justin Hopkins, J.O. Johnson; Jarius Grayson, J.O. Johnson; Roderick Williams, Faith Academy; Josh Hill, Faith Academy; Albert Luke, Ramsay.

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