Class A Boys (Public): Wilkinson County 53, Wilcox County 49

When Wilkinson County needed it, Torrico Simmons provided it, and the Warriors walked away with their third state championship since 2007 and sixth overall.

Wilkinson (30-2) took the lead for good on Simmons’ 3-pointer with just under five minutes left and won despite scoring just three  points after that, all on free throws.

In a game where neither team shot well  - Wilkinson shot 33.9 percent for the game and Wilcox 28.1 percent -

Simmons scored eight of Wilkinson’s nine points in the fourth quarter finished with 20.

Simmons added three assists and made six 3-pointers.

Wilkinson held Wilcox (23-5) scoreless for the last 4:38.

Makail Graced scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Wilcox, which had four chances to take the lead in the final 3:30 but could not get a shot to fall.

After a first half that finished tied at 28, Wilkinson opened the third quarter with an 8-3 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Derrick Trawick and Simmons. The Warriors led by as many as six in the third , which they ended with a 44-39 lead.

Wilcox pulled even twice in the first 2:30 of the fourth, the last coming on a 3-pointer by Calvin Rawls, a shot that tied the game at 47, but Simmons answered with his tie-breaking 3 and the Wilkinson defense did the rest.

Fred Green added 11 points and Kareem Sanders 10 for Wilkinson. Rawls finished with 12 for Wilcox.

3 comments Add your comment

Allen Harris

March 8th, 2013
10:12 am

Congratulations Wilco.

athensbball

March 8th, 2013
2:26 pm

neither team would have won Class A tournament if they were not split this year. Maybe they had an off night but there were 5 or 6 private schools better than them.

VJK

March 14th, 2013
11:01 pm

And which private team would have beat them Wilkinson would have beat them too.