BIRMINGHAM – Paul Bryant High School of Tuscaloosa captured its first AHSAA state boys’ basketball championship Saturday afternoon with a 48-44 win over Birmingham-Parker in the 95th AHSAA Class 6A State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Coach Sean Peck-Love’s Stampede (24-11) trailed by one at the half but took the lead by the end of the third quarter and then never relinquished the lead despite a tenacious Parker comeback effort in the final period to win.
Paul Bryant point guard Jared Sherfield earned Class 6A state tourney MVP honors thanks to his floor leadership. He scored eight points, had seven assists and was 2-of-3 on 3-point goals. Teammate Seth Williams scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals. He was also 4-of-4 at the foul line down the stretch. Daviyon Dennis added eight points.
Parker’s Thundering Herd (28-8), coached by Reginald McGary, got 15 points and eight rebounds from Cam’Ron Beard. Xavier Williams had 12 points and five rebounds and Jason King had 10 points and two steals.
The Girls’ and boys’ championship games for Class 7A are set to close out the 2017 state tournament Saturday night 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 6A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant (MVP); Seth Williams, Paul Bryant; Xavier Williams, Parker; Cam’Ron Beard, Parker; Javan Johnson, Austin; Terrin Atkinson, Spanish Fort.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
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 (28-4) 67, Monroe County (23-5) 56
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
Homewood (34-2) 52, Hazel Green (37-2) 49
CLASS 6A BOYS.
Paul Bryant (24-11) 48, Parker (28-8) 44
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.