Miller Grove’s Alterique Gilbert drives against Allatoona in the Wolverine’s 50-48 state championship victory. (Photo by Janette Brock)
Senior Colin Young made the plays Miller Grove needed in the final 1:44 of the game to propel the Miller Grove Wolverines to a 50-48 victory over previously undefeated Allatoona in the Class 5A boys’ state championship in Macon on Friday night.
Young who had sat most of the fourth quarter with foul trouble got open about 10 feet along the left baseline and Aaron Augustin who was pushing the ball up the court hit him with a pass. Young took one dribble and lofted a jumper with 1:27 remaining to give the Wolverines a four-point cushion at 49-45.
The Buccaneers got up the floor looking for a three-pointer to close the gap and Kevin Perry got off a shot which missed but a foul was called on the Wolverines sending him to the line for three free throws. Perry calmly sank all three to close the gap to 49-48 with 1:07 to play.
A miss on a one-and-one free throw by the Wolverines was rebounded by Perry and the Buccaneers moved the ball up the court and called timeout.
Out of the time out the Wolverines pressured Allatoona and a drive at the free throw lane was cut off and Young came up big again with a steal and passed the ball up the court. As Miller Grove passed the ball to run out the clock Young took a pass and was immediately fouled by Allatoona with five seconds to play.
Young hit one of the two free throws for the 50-48 advantage and Allatoona again called time to set up a play.
Miller Grove forced the Buccaneers to pass the ball into the back court and dribble up court. The Wolverine defense led by Raylon Richardson knocked the ball lose in the front court and in the scramble the clock ran out sending the Wolverines and their fans into a loud celebration.