BIRMINGHAM – Mae Jemison High School closed out its first year the way J.O. Johnson High School ended its final year. The Jaguars won the AHSAA Class 5A state boys’ basketball championship.
The Jaguars (35-4) downed Faith Academy 58-52 in the finals of 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena to close out the school’s first season. John Petty had 22 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists to earn MVP honors for Jemison. He was also the MVP in 2016 and 2015 as J.O. Johnson won state titles. That school ceased to be a high school after the 2015-16 school yeare and the students now attend Mae Jemison, Huntsville’s newest high school.
Coach Jack Doss directed all three championships with the 2017 title the 10th of his prep coaching career – an AHSAA state record. He has now won state titles at four different high schools, Hayes, Butler, J.O. Johnson and Mae Jemison.
Devonte Lanier added 12 points and Brandon McCarver had 11 for the Jaguars. Brandon Crosby also had four assists.
Mobile’s Faith Academy (22-9) trailed 27-20 at the half but out-scored Jemison in the second half 32-31. Coach Chad Applin’s Rams played well, especially on the boards where they were dead-even in rebounds with each team claiming 34.
DeJonte Thomas had 22 points to pace Faith Academy. Michael McGowan also had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Kaleb Jackson had nine points and 11 rebounds. Thomas sank a long-distance 3-pointer from almost 45 feet away as the buzzer sounded the end of the third period to cut an 11-point Jaguars lead to just eight.
Girls’ and boys’ championship games for Classes 6A and 7A are set for today at Legacy Arena. All finals are being 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.
Class 5A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
John Petty, Mae Jemison (MVP); Brandon McCarver, Mae Jemison; DeJonte Thomas, Faith Academy; Michael McGowan, Faith Academy; Khalil Pope, Sylacauga.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
CLASS 1A GIRLS
R.A. Hubbard (23-8) 44, Spring Garden (26-8) 43
CLASS 1A BOYS
Sacred Heart Catholic (28-8) 82, South Lamar (25-8) 59
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Geneva County (31-2) 44, Tanner (28-3) 42
CLASS 2A BOYS
Lanett (25-7) 54, R.C. Hatch (24-3) 40.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Locust Fork (35-1) 72, Pisgah (27-8) 62
CLASS 3A BOYS
Midfield (28-6) 60, Plainview (31-5) 46
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Madison Academy (35-1) 50, Deshler (34-1) 47
CLASS 4A BOYS
Hale County (27-4) vs. Monroe County (23-4), Friday, 5:45 p.m.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah (30-3) 55, Charles Henderson (30-6) 52
CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (35-4) 58, Faith Academy (22-9) 52
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Hazel Green (37-1) vs. Homewood (33-2), Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 6A BOYS.
Paul Bryant (23-11) vs. Parker (28-7), Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Hoover (28-7) vs. Spain Park (22-11), Saturday, 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A BOYS
Auburn (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (30-5), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.