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Brooks falls to Williamson in the AHSAA Boys Class 4A semifinals (Highlights)

Williamson High School junior guard JaAllen Gray sank two free throws with 33 seconds remaining Tuesday night in the Class 4A semifinals.

Williamson High School junior guard JaAllen Gray sank two free throws with 33 seconds remaining Tuesday night in the Lions’ AHSAA State Basketball Championships Class 4A semifinals to clinch a 55-52 win over Brooks. The victory sends Coach Shumbe Hunter’s Lions to the Class 4A state championship game Friday at 5:45 p.m. to face defending state champion Talladega.

    Williamson (27-5) took control early to take a 34-26 lead into halftime. Brooks (27-6), coached by Brian Wright, stormed back in the third quarter to outscore Williamson and take a 42-39 lead into the fourth quarter. The final eight minutes turned into a battle of two determined teams.

     Williamson regained the lead 47-45 with 4:42 to play and then held off Brooks’ best efforts the rest of the way to seal the win.

    Robert Woodyard led Williamson with 12 points and JaCameron Horn added 11. Jordan Bell had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Kyler Murks led Brooks with 18 points, and Knute Wood added 12. Connor Lewis chipped in nine. Lewis and Murks also had six rebounds each and Wood had four assists.