BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) - The Decatur Heritage boys basketball team will play for a state championship following a dramatic semi-final finish.
The Eagles defeated Georgiana 60-58 on Monday at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
Decatur Heritage avoided a second overtime thanks to a steal from Giancarlo Valdez with seconds left in the game. Valdez beat the buzzer with a layup to secure his teams place in the championship game.
“It was crazy. I was driving to my left and threw a floater, and I was like God, let it go in – and it did," Valdez said after the game.
“It just worked out in our favor,” said head coach Jason Marshall. “It’s God’s blessing, because I’m telling ya that last 15-20 seconds were a blur. It’s just in the heat of the moment that things just worked for us. I did not think about calling a timeout, I was just thinking go, go, go!"
The end of the game was fitting for the Eagles. Decatur Heritage scored 20 points in the game off turnovers.
Noah Boler led Decatur Heritage with 24 points. Valdez had 13 points for the day and Derrick Bishop had 12.
The Eagles will play St. Luke’s Episcopal for the 1A state title on Thursday night at 5:45.