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Class 6A Boys Semifinals Parker 69, Spanish Fort 59 (OT)

    Parker High School junior Jason King’s 3-point basket at the end of regulation tied the Class 6A boys’ semifinal game in the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena. King then completed the come-from-behind effort with a dunk in overtime as the Thundering Herd (28-7) beat Spanish Fort 69-59 to advance to the state finals Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
     Parker, coached by Reginald McGary, will play Paul Bryant in the finals.
     King finished with 16 points for the Herd. Cam’Ron Beard had 23 points, including a trey to close the third quarter and cut four-point Spanish Fort lead to one, 37-36. He finished with three 3-point goals and also handed out six assists.  Xavier Williams also had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Eugene Minter scored 11.
    Coach Dru Powell’s Toros (25-9) also had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Terrin Atkinson, Jalen Wayne and Kris Abrams-Draine scored 13 points each and Trae Barry had 12.  Jeric Packer had six rebounds while Atkinson and Michael Meador each had three assists and three steals.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday with semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.



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