LAFAYETTE -- Maceio Gaines calmly sank two free-throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to lift No. 2-seeded Watertown to a 49-47 victory over top-seed Friendship Christian in Tuesday's District 8A championship game at Macon County High.
Tournament MVP KenAndre Bates (3 pictured) and Ty Jobe led the Purple Tigers (24-5) with 13 points apiece while Jake Belcher added seven and Josiah Smith five.
Allen Heaston led FCS with 14 and Dalton Patterson had 10 as the Commanders fell to 21-3 on the season.
Both teams will host first round games in the Region 4A tournament Saturday, Feb. 25. WHS will host Pickett County; Friendship will entertain Clay County.
Saturday's winners will advance to the regional semifinals the following week in Livingston.
BOYS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM -- MVP KeAnDre Bates, Maceio Gaines, Nick Sackman and Josiah Smith from Watertown; Mark Sandoval, Hunter Anderson, Dalton Patterson and Allen Heaston from FCS; Cody Sircy and Dylan Hurst from Trousdale County; and Tyler Bradford from Gordonsville.
photo by DEREK WHITED