From WAFF-48 Sports
(BIRMINGHAM) - 4th-ranked Butler (27-5) jumped to a 39-16 lead by halftime and cruised into the 5A finals with a 23-point win over Parker (23-9). The Rebels advance to the Championship Game, Friday, for the first time since back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.
Butler led from the opening tip-off until the buzzer sounded on the 73-50 victory.
Ralph Eason led the Rebels with 20 points while 9th grader Dexter Pearce added a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Rebels hit a torrid 59.3% of their shots in the 1st half and 55% for the game. Eason made 7-of-10 from the floor.
JoeMarcus Fitts had 14 points to lead the Thundering Herd.