CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Homewood 54, Muscle Shoals 51


        Homewood used a fast start and some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute to claim a 54-51 victory over Muscle Shoals Saturday afternoon at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball championship.
       The Patriots (31-5) of Coach Tim Shepler jumped out to quick lead as Austin Patterson sank two 3-pointers and Peyton Brown added another to put Homewood up 13-0 in the first quarter. Muscle Shoals (21-11) battled back, however, and the Patriots duo delivered again with Patterson sinking two free throws with 53 seconds left to give Homewood a 52-49 lead and Brown with a pair with seven seconds left to provide the final 54-51 margin.
      Patterson finished with 15 points, including three treys, and Brown had five points and six rebounds.  Junior guard Luke Touliatos had 13 points, six rebounds and was perfect 3-of-3 at the foul line to earn Class 6A All-Tourney MVP honors. Ronald Claiborne also had eight points and Chris Miller 7. The state title was the first for Homewood in school history and the third trip to the finals in Shepler’s tenure.
      The Trojans, coached by first-year head coach Neal Barker, outscored Homewood 35-24 in the second and third quarters to set up the exciting finish.  Braxton Winston had 16 points, three steals and three treys for Muscle Shoals. Teammates Calvin Bak and Mark Sears had 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bak had three 3-pointers and Sears had two and the Trojans finished 9-of-24 shooting from the 3-point arc.
   The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with the 7A girls’ and boys’ championships Saturday night.
   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 6A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Luke Touliatos, Homewood (MVP);  Ronald Claiborne, Homewood; Austin Patterson, Homewood; Braxton Winston, Muscle Shoals; Calvin Bak, Muscle Shoals; Antonio Neal, Carver-Montgomery.

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