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Hallsville boys advance to championship game

Posted on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:09 pm

AJ Austene on his way to a game-high 27 points.

Indians beat Tigers 64-50

The acoustics of the Macon High School gym amplified the highs and low notes of the cheers and the boos.

The sonic symphony amplified the intensity of the district semi-final game between the host Macon Tigers and the Hallsville Indians.

Hallsville’s boys won the game, despite falling behind early in the first quarter.

The Indian’s Colton Hobbs scored the game’s first basket, but Macon hit back scoring twice, putting them up 4-2, then again to make it 6-2 in the first two minutes.

Matt Faber hit one for Hallsville to bring it to 6-4, still  Macon. By the first quarter’s end it was 14-12, Macon.

Tiger fans’ joy did not last much longer. By 4:58 in the second a pair of Jalen George south-side jump shots had made it 18-14 Hallsville.

The Indians never looked back and by halftime were up 25-24.

The third quarter ended  with Hallsville leading 43-36 and the Indians finished the game with a 64-50 ticket to the district

Jalen George giving some altitude.

championship.

The Indians will play Montgomery County for the district championship, 1 p.m. Saturday at North Callaway.

AJ Austene led the Indians and the game with 27 points. George

Colton Hobbs going over the opposition.

scored 20 and Hobbs, 10.

Isaac Nobles and  Maurice Magruder led Macon with 13, backed up by Boston Douglas with 11.

“We played together, five guys as one,,,” Hallsville Head Coach Brandon Crites said afterward when asked how the win happened. “Every game we played this year that didn’t go our way, every loss, we turned it into a lesson and you saw all those lessons tonight. I couldn’t be  more proud of them.”

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