Against a tough crowd and a team with a 23-game winning streak, the Blount Leopards came minutes away from winning a state basketball title Friday night in Mobile.
The third-ranked Leopards got 23 points from Divine Myles and 17 from Antonio Chapman and outrebounded No. 1 Mountain Brook 43-24, but that wasn’t enough.
Mountain Brook broke Blount’s heart, taking the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Patrick Keim with 1:12 left in the game and holding on for a 60-57 win in the Class 6A championship. Blount was trying for its first boys state basketball title since 2001, win it brought home the 5A crown.
“It was unfortunate someone had to lose that one,” Blount coach Jeffery Pope said. “It was a great game. We fought hard. I’m proud of our guys. We finished 27-4. In my heart, these guys are all champions.”
It was the second straight 6A state title for the Spartans, who had never won one before last season.