Players and coaches on the Faith Academy Boys Basketball Team say no one expected them to reach the Final Four in Class 5A. The Rams were happy to confound those expectations, beating Eufaula 60-48 in the 5A South Regional Final.
With the win, Faith Academy advances to the Class 5A Final Four in Birmingham next week. Eufaula ends the year with an 18-11 record.
Faith Academy built a 11-point halftime lead, but watched the Tigers claw their way back into the game. The Tigers closed the gap to one point late in the third quarter, and had three free throws to take the lead.
Eufaula missed all three shots from the charity stripe, and the Rams were able to regain control of the game.
Dylan Brown led all scorers with 24 points, earning Tournament MVP honors. James Davis added 12 points for the Rams.
Jaylin Robinson led Eufaula with 19 points, while Marcellus Butler chipped in 13 in the losing effort.
5A All Tournament Team
Dylan Brown - Faith Academy - MVP
Braszaun Barnes - Faith Academy
Jaylin Robinson - Eufaula
Terion Gates - Eufaula
Artavious Porter - Russell County
Terrence Nelson - B.C. Rain