In a tie game with less than two minutes to go, Montgomery Academy put together a six-point run to pull away and win the Class 3A Central Regional championship 56-53 over Midfield at the Acadome on Thursday.
The Eagles led 50-46, but leading scorer Josh Thomas picked up his fifth foul with 3:06 to go. Midfield rallied to tie, but the late run put the game out of reach.
The Eagles trailed by five late in the second quarter, but a foul on a 3-point shot and ensuing technical foul led to a six-point possession and gave them a 30-29 lead at the half.
Barton Lester led MA with 15 points. Thomas had 11 points and Bennett Rutledge had 11 points.
The Eagles advanced to the state semifinals at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Birmingham.