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St. Francis boys advance to state basketball finals
by Greg Oshust
March 06, 2014 10:25 AM | 1860 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / Kobi Simmons will try to help lead the St. Francis boys to their first state basketball championship when the Knights play Whitefield Academy in the Class A private school boys’ finals in Macon Saturday.
Staff / Erin Gray / Kobi Simmons will try to help lead the St. Francis boys to their first state basketball championship when the Knights play Whitefield Academy in the Class A private school boys’ finals in Macon Saturday.
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The St. Francis boys’ basketball team is one game away from a state championship.

The Knights made it to the Class A private school state boys’ championship game, where they will play Whitefield Academy at Macon Centroplex in Macon Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

It will be the second consecutive appearance in the Class A private school boys’ finals for St. Francis, which lost to Greenforest Christian in the title game last year.

St. Francis advanced to its second consecutive finals appearance with a 79-64 victory over Athens Christian in a semifinal game at Kennesaw State Monday.

Kobi Simmons led the Knights with 22 points and nine assists, while Malik Beasley added 19 points and Kaiser Gates contributed 17.

St. Francis defeated Hebron Christian 90-47 in the first round last Tuesday and Holy Innocents’ 74-72 in the second round last Thursday.

Beasley led the Knights in the win over Holy Innocents’ with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Gates added 19 points and 12 rebounds and Simmons had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

St. Francis will now take on a Whitefield team that has been among the elite teams in Class A basketball for a decade. The Wolfpack will be going for their fourth state title and second in three years, having won previously in 2003, ’09 and ’12.

Meanwhile, the St. Francis girls’ bid for a second straight state title came to an end with a 66-61 loss to Southwest Atlanta Christian in the semifinals of the Class A private school girls’ tournament at Kennesaw State Monday.

It was a rematch of last year’s Class A private school girls’ final, where St. Francis beat SACA.

Candice Williams scored 17 points and Taja Cummings added 15 for the Lady Knights (24-3).

SACA will now play Holy Innocents’ – a 46-20 winner over Darlington in the other semifinal game – for the Class A private school girls’ championship in Macon Saturday.

St. Francis opened the tournament with a 74-31 victory over Pace Academy last Tuesday and beat Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 79-38 in a second-round game last Thursday.

The Blessed Trinity boys saw their state tournament hopes come to an end with a 45-40 loss to Buford in the second round of the AAA boys’ state tournament last Tuesday.

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