East Literature 53
Bolivar Central 50
Cheau Hendricks (East Literature) scored 16 points and junior Chris Willingham (East Literature) added 11 points as the Eagles outlasted defending Class AA champions Bolivar Central 53 to 50 and secured a spot in the championship game against Liberty Tech.
Oneal Woods (Bolivar Central) scored 14 points for the Tigers. Jonmorgan Ransom (Bolivar Central) and Tre Polk (Bolivar Central) scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
Liberty Tech 61
Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) scored 31 points and the Crusaders overcame a tough and scrappy Hustlin Tigers squad to escape with a 61-53 victory and advance to the Class AA state finals for the second consecutive season.
Jarvis Ray (Howard) led Howard with 15 points and senior Barry Griffin (Howard) added 10 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) added 12 points for the Crusaders who will meet East Literature in the state finals tomorrow afternoon.