Miller Grove held off a hard-charging Stephenson team to win the Region 6-AAAAA title 55-51 at Mays High in Atlanta.
Alterique Gilbert hit five of six free throws inside the final 1:04 to seal the win. He came off the bench to give the top-ranked Wolverines 13 points. Kyre’ Hamer led Miller Grove with 16 points, including three 3-point makes. All-tournament team selection Earl Bryant added eight points for the Wolverines (25-3).
Tenth-ranked Stephenson won sub-region B in the regular season and hung tough throughout. Miller Grove opened a 41-29 lead late in the third quarter but the Jaguars went on a 9-0 run to pull within three to start the fourth. Steven Clarke’s layup pulled Stephenson with 50-49 with 1:04 to go, before Gilbert was fouled and sent to the line.
Daniel Kinchen hit three 3-pointers off the bench and 6-4 center Lance Dixon added nine points and seven rebounds for the Jaguars (14-12). Miller Grove went 16-0 in region play and beat Stephenson 64-42 on Nov. 27 in their only matchup this season.
Homestanding Mays outlasted No. 5 Tucker 56-52 to win the third-place game.
Miller Grove (55) – Kyre’ Hamer 16, Alterique Gilbert 13, Earl Bryant 8, Keith Pinckney 7, James Walker 6, Kendall Williams 3, Omar Venable 2
Stephenson (51) – Tre Gresham 12, Lance Dixon 9, Daniel Kinchen 9, Delmont Walton 7, Edward Culpepper 4, John Bradley 4, Stephen Clarke 2, Dewann Ford 1
Halftime: Miller Grove 26, Stephenson 23.