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Back-to-back in Bay

Bay didn’t get a lead it could hold until the fourth quarter, but they were celebrating back-to-back state championships when it was over against Emerson.

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HOT SPRINGS — Winning one state title is hard enough.

At Bay, though, it’s getting to be a regular thing.

“Tradition never runs out of eligibility,” said Yellowjackets coach Brad Brannen after Bay downed Emerson, 61-55, on Friday night for the Class 1A Boys’ state championship. “We just wanted to win another state championship.”

It wasn’t something he talked about a lot to his team.

“They knew it,” Brannen said.

This one didn’t come easily, though. Going into the final quarter, Emerson led 45-43 in a game that had been tied seven times and saw four lead changes.

The final lead change came with 4:24 to play on a pair of free throws by Tyler Pritchett that gave the Yellowjackets a 49-47 lead.

At the time, few thought it would hold up. The game was tied once more at 51-51 on a layup by the Pirates’ Tavion Revels with 2:33 left, but then Bay started pulling away.

A 3-pointer by Pritchett, who led all scorers in the game with 30 points, was followed by a pair of free throws from Taylor Layne and it was a 5-point lead, 56-51, with 1:01 left.

From there, two free throws from Robert McFadden and 3-of-4 at the line by Layne opened a 60-53 lead with 13 seconds left.

Layne finished with 14 points and Robert McFadden had 9.

Revels led Emerson with 25 points and Kenneth Collins added 13.


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