CLASS 7A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP McGill-Toolen 79, Central-Phenix City 75

        McGill-Toolen Catholic High School of Mobile edged Central-Phenix City 79-75 Saturday night in the Class 7A boys’ state championship game to close out the 94th AHSAA State Finals basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
        A total of 13,275 attended Saturday’s final slate of championships for Classes 5A, 6A and 7A, and 66,058 attended for the week, a new State Finals record for the BJCC.
        The final game of the 42-game week-long slate proved to be one of the most exciting as Coach Phillip Murphy’s Yellow Jackets (29-6) captured the first boys’ basketball state title in school history. McGill-Toolen also won the 7A state football championship last December, and the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams were state runners-up in their respective playoffs.
      Senior point guard Rene Scott had 22 points, four assists, four rebounds and made 8 crucial free throws in the hard-fought battle – including two that stretched the lead back to eight with 51 seconds to play.  He was named the 7A state tournament MVP.     While McGill-Toolen led most of the way, Central fought from double-digit deficits in the second half to by only three, 70-67, with 1:35 to play.
     Marlon Williams added 19 points, Paris Chambers and Larry Rembert chipped in 13 each.
      Central (31-2), coached by Bobby Wright, placed four players in double figures. Demarcus Lampley led the way with 23 points. Jermond Williams had 15, Keiondre Jakes and Tre’ Todd had 13 each, and Tionne Williams had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Class 7A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Rene Scott, McGill-Toolen (MVP);  Larry Rembert, Jr., McGill-Toolen; Marlon Wiliams, McGill-Toolen; Tre’ Todd, Central-Phenix City; Demarcus Lampley, Central-Phenix City; Jamari Blackmon, Hoover; Austin Wiley, Spain Park.

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