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Flashes win in South State consolation game

The St. Aloysius Flashes will ride into the MAIS Class AAA state tournament on the momentum of a big come-from-behind victory.

Thomas Trichell scored all eight of his points in the third quarter to help the Flashes rally from an 11-point halftime deficit as they beat Bowling Green 56-53 in the consolation game of the Class AAA South State boys basketball tournament on Saturday.

St. Al (17-10) will play host Leake Academy, the No. 2 seed from the North, in the first round of the state tournament either Tuesday or Wednesday. The exact date and time have not yet been set.

Alvin Brown scored nine of his 13 points in the second half for St. Al, which flipped the script on Bowling Green in the second and third quarters. After being held to eight points in the second quarter and falling behind 34-23 at halftime, the Flashes outscored Bowling Green 20-10 in the third and finally took the lead in the fourth.

St. Al led 54-53 with nine seconds left when Trinye Brown sank two free throws to make it a three-point game. Bowling Green got a 3-pointer off in the final seconds but missed. Braxton Chewning grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.

Trinye Brown finished with eight points for St. Al, and James Trichell scored seven.

Jace Schneider hit four 3-pointers and had a game-high 18 points for Bowling Green, and Rece Dillon had 12 points. The Buccaneers hit eight 3-pointers in the game and will go into the state tournament as the No. 4 seed from the South. They’ll play Heritage Academy in the first round.