State Tourney Roundup: South Side survives two overtimes for title

State Tourney Roundup: South Side survives two overtimes for title

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State Tourney Roundup: South Side survives two overtimes for title

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Malik Hicks scored 29 points and hit his final eight free throws to help Jackson South Side beat East Nashville Magnet 91-83 in double overtime Saturday for the Division I Class AA boy’s state basketball championship.

Jaylen Barford and Chris McNeal added 25 points apiece for the Hawks (32-2), last year’s runner-up who captured their first boys’ basketball state title.

McNeal hit five 3-pointers in regulation, then had a layup and two free throws in the second overtime.

Hicks sank the final free throws in regulation after Thomas Booker’s three-point play put the Eagles (28-6) up 75-73, and the tourney MVP tied it at 82 on free throws to end the first overtime.

Barford, hero in a semifinal upset over two-time champ Christ Presbyterian, scored four points in the final OT.

Terry Holt and Booker had 26 points each for East Nashville, while Isiah Upton scored 19.

Mitchell 56, Meigs County 27: Naba Echols scored 25 points and sank five 3-pointers to lead ninth-ranked Memphis Mitchell past No. 4 Meigs County on Saturday for the Class A boys state basketball championship.

Jeremiah Martin dropped in 17 points for Mitchell (30-6), which took home its first gold ball after notching a fifth runner-up finish in 2012.

Levi Woods, Mr. Basketball finalist and Lee signee, had his third state tournament double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the lone senior for Meigs County (32-5).

Echols, named tourney MVP, scored all 13 of Mitchell’s points in the third quarter including a trio of treys for a 46-17 margin.

Martin had nine points and Echols added seven during a 20-2 run that pushed Mitchell out 31-10 before Woods’ 3-pointer.

Mitchell led 28-4 in points off turnovers, and Kylan Phillips had six steals.

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