BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook sophomore Trendon Watford scored 26 points and junior Sean Elmore scored 17 as the Spartans downed 63-43 Saturday night in the AHSAA Class 7A boys’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Center.
A total of 17,034 attending the final day of the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Saturday – with a final attendance 72,148 for the week-long tourney, a new state tournament attendance record. The attendance for the final three days topped 41,000.
Watford dominated inside and Elmore sank 5-of-8 3-pointers, including three late in the third quarter. His last one came with three seconds left in the period and gave Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (31-5) an eight-point lead. Auburn never recovered as Mountain Brook outscored the Tigers 25-11 in the final quarter.
Ben McCool also had 10 points for Mountain Brook, which won its third state title in five years. Paulie Stragmaglia also had six points and five assists.
Auburn (23-10), coached by Frank Tolbert, was led by Garrison Brooks’ 11 points. Justin Brooks added eight points, Will Elston and Antoine Pitts, six each. Pitts also had nine rebounds.
Class 7A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook; Garrison Brooks, Auburn; Antoine Pitts, Auburn; Carlton Martial, McGill-Toolen; Mac Smith, Vestavia Hills.
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 (29-7) 51, Spain Park (22-12) 47 (OT)
CLASS 7A BOYS
Mountain Brook (31-5) 63, Auburn (24-10) 43