February 24, 2008 at 1:41 AM CST - Updated July 1 at 1:41 AM
(From WAFF-48 Sports) - Results from the Northeast Regional Finals in Jacksonville.
6A Boys Title Homewood 73, Gadsden City 65 Gadsden (21-9) dug itself in an early hole, scoring just twice in the 1st quarter, giving Homewood a chance to take advantage of its early 21-4 lead and win their 30th game. Homewood will now play Sidney Lanier in the semi-finals of the Final Four, Thursday. The Titans managed to come within five, 58-53, in the 3rd quarter. Ronald Nored led the Patriots with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
5A Boys Title Butler 69, Anniston 66 (3 OT) A three-pointer by freshman Trevor Lacey as time ran out in the 3rd overtime period capped a 36-point performance, placing the Rebels in the Final Four. Butler had to come back from a nine-point deficit in the 3rd quarter and three different four-point leads in the second overtime to win. Anniston shot 55.8% from the floor.
4A Boys Title Guntersville 72 Cherokee County 53 Trevor Diamond scored 21 points, tournament MVP Darius Steger had 17 and Ben Cooper added 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Wildcats (30-5) captured the 4A Boys NE title, and earned a trip to the final four for the first time since 1996-97. Guntersville broke the game open by outscoring the Warriors, 22-9, in the 3rd quarter and making good on 2/3 of its shots in the 2nd half. Nick Wheeler led the Warriors (23-11) with 14 points.
3A Boys Title Madison Academy 49, Crossville 48 Kerron Johnson stole the ball and followed with a free throw to put Madison Academy (24-8) up by one point, and held on to a one-point victory after Crossville missed on the other end. Johnson had 17 points and was named tournament MVP. Crossville finishes the season 31-3.
2A Boys Title White Plains 75, Piedmont 68 Both teams sunk a total of 21 three-pointers in a high-octane rematch of the area championship. 8-of-16 shooting beyond the arc and a 12-2 run finally propelled White Plains to their first Final Four appearance since 1995. Mikey Klein led with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Piedmont's Kyle Glover led all scorers with 18.
1A Boys Title Faith Christian 60, Holy Family 43 The Faith Christian Lions (27-4) took advantage of a significant height advantage to advance to the Final Four, where they will play St. Jude, Monday. Kaleb Owens scored 27 points and walked away with the tournament MVP. The Lions' deadly accurate 60% shooting dwarfed Holy Family's 28%.