Mountain Brook senior guard Alex Washington, who will play football and basketball at Harvard next year, gave Bucky McMillan and his Mountain Brook Spartans just what they needed when it mattered most.
Washington sank 5-of-5 3 pointers, 3 in the fourth quarter, and was 7-for-9 from the field finishing with 19 points to lead the Spartans (30-3) to a 59-48 state semifinal victory over the Robert E. Lee Generals (29-4) at BJCC’s Legacy Arena yesterday.
The Spartans, with Coach McMillan winning his 300th game as a head coach, now move on to the state championship game to face Baker (21-13), a 59-55 semifinal victor over Hoover (22-9) yesterday, at 5:45 PM CT Saturday at Legacy Arena. The game will be televised by Charter in Birmingham on channel 80. You may need to order the channel to get it, if you want to, but it is available.
Washington was electric from 3 point range, Trendon Watford finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks with Alabama’s Avery Johnson, LSU’s Will Wade, Memphis’s Penny Hardaway and 2 Duke assistants in attendance. Lior Berman also had a terrific day for the Spartans finishing with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.
McMillan said after the game it wasn’t a thing of beauty but any win is a pretty win.
Baker is led by point guard Christian Bedgood, who will be the smallest player on the court tomorrow at 5’7”, but he has tremendous heart. He finished the Hoover game with 20 points and was on target from the line sinking 2 key free throws in the last 40 seconds to spark the Hornets’ victory. Kriston Davis finished with 15 points and 8 boards for the Hornets. He’s a 6’2”, forward.
The Spartans need one more victory to win their 5th state title in 7 years with the other 4 coming in 2013, 20114, 2017 and 2018, and this will be a 3 peat if the Spartans can secure the victory.
The neon shirts will be out in full force tomorrow at Legacy Arena. They’re hopeful their Spartans can bring home the hardware.