AISA TOURNEY: Macon East boys stay perfect, advance
By Tim Gayle
Tavis Billups scored 30 points to help the Macon East Academy boys remain unbeaten in an 83-38 win over South Choctaw Academy in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA state basketball tournament at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Wednesday.
Macon East (31-0) will face Pickens Academy in the semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The winner advances to the state championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Billups was one of four players in double figures for the Knights. Slate Garmany added 14 points, followed by Christian Lewis with 13 and Kyle Edwards with 12 as Macon East jumped out to a 23-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 54-16 lead at the half.
Mason Silas led South Choctaw with 18 points, followed by Jonah Bakane with 12.
Pickens Academy 51, Restoration Academy 50
Stuart Phipps led Restoration with 25 points, followed by Matthew Chesney with 12.
Russell Christian 75, Lowndes Academy 45
Heidelberg was one of five players in double figures for Russell Christian. Jeremiah Hall had 13, followed by Billy Clark with 12, Tavis Brown with 11 and Taylor Wood with 10.
Russell Christian will face Autauga in the semifinals on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The winner advances to the AA state championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Daniel Callaway led Lowndes with 10 points.
Autauga Academy 72, Escambia Academy 61
Gary Campbell led Escambia with 16 points. Fred Flavors added 14.
Macon East Academy 55, Escambia Academy 49
Macon East took a hard-fought 17-11 lead into the locker room at the half, but then came out and went on a 21-6 run over the next eight minutes to take a 21-point lead into the final period.
Alia Snow led Escambia with 18 points, followed by Bailey Lancaster with 11.
Pickens Academy 56, Autauga Academy 41
Taylor Hickman added 15 points for Pickens, followed by Olivia Lewis with 12.
Caroline White had 10 points to lead Autauga.
Wilcox Academy 65, Coosa Valley Academy 30
Wilcox will face South Choctaw in the semifinals on Friday at 9 a.m. The winner advances to the AA state championship game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Sarah Warren had eight points for Coosa Valley.
South Choctaw Academy 53, Lowndes Academy 28
Laiken Hussey led Lowndes with six points.