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St. Luke’s Episcopal 51, Spring Garden 45

    BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal sank seven 3-point  goals Monday afternoon in its Class 1A semifinal game versus Spring Garden and used that strong outside shooting effort to post a 51-45 victory to earn a berth in the AHSAA 2019 State Class 1A Boys’ Basketball Championship game  at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Garreth Trawick’s Wildcats (18-9) from Mobile advance to take on Decatur Heritage (31-4) in the Class 1A finals  Thursday at 5:45 p.m. St. Luke’s met Lanett in the 2A finals in 2018.
     Seniors JaCorey Jacobs and Michael Winston nailed three treys each to pace the outside shooting effort. The Wildcats shot 38.9% from the 3-point arc for the game and limited Spring Garden (25-7), normally a hot-shooting team, to just 1 of 14.
     Jacobs finished with 14 points, Winston had 13 and Jermaine Brown led with 17. Brown sank the other 3-point goal for St. Luke’s. Wilson Parker and Caleb McKinney had seven rebounds each and Jacobs had four steals.
    The Panthers, coached by Ricky Austin, got down by 11 but clawed back to keep it close in the final quarter. Senior Isiah Sanchez had 17 points and six rebounds and Winston Kirk added 14 points and seven rebounds for Spring Garden. Austin Cooper had three assists, three steals, four rebounds and five points in a strong all-around effort.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining the Class 2A semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be Thursday morning. The remaining schedule will be the state finals.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.

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