MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – The Windsor Forest Knights head into the Class 3A boys state title game after a 60-53 victory over the Thomson Bulldogs.

The Knights will face Augusta’s Cross Creek, who beat Beach in the semifinals, in the Class 3A state championship game Friday at 3 p.m. in Macon.

Windsor Forest trailed 34-32 at half-time but took the lead for the first time since the game’s first possession from a corner three with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

That lead would go as high as seven before Thomson cut the deficit to just one with three minutes to play. After a few traded possessions of turnovers and missed baskets, Windsor Forest’s Javonte Landy scored a contested lay-up to extend the Knights’ lead to three.

Thomson could not score any more baskets, while Windsor Forest added a lay-up from Abasi Scott and a dunk from Donte Dorman to seal the victory.

After the game, head coach Aaron Scott praised his team’s ability to win 50–50 balls, citing it as the key to victory.

“We talk about it all the time, those 50-50 games,” Scott said. “You just don’t get those loose balls. So we need every possession. We talk about possessions at the end, we just need of possessions and our guys really listened to that.

Late in the semifinals, the Beach Bulldogs went blow for blow with the Augusta Cross Creek Razorbacks, overcoming early offensive struggles with defensive intensity.

Although the Bulldogs trailed 21-14 at halftime, they had a few early games worthy of the highlight reel, including a powerful dunk by young James Leach.

Beach came out shooting in the second half, attacking the basket with more confidence and putting the Cross Creek defense on their heels.

Junior Shamarrie Hugie had a pair of huge threes for the Bulldogs: one with 6:46 remaining to tie the game at 36 and one with 4:54 remaining to give Beach a 41-39 lead.

Hugie and teammate Larry Johnson each had 15 points.

However, Cross Creek would have the last laugh, going on a 13-2 run to end the game and come away with a 52-43 victory.

Bulldogs head coach Simon Heyward said he’s proud of the fight his Beach team has shown this year.

“This band got closer towards the end of the year, you know, at first we weren’t where we wanted to be, we started clicking at the right time, and then our time just ran out,” Heyward said. “But we will be ready. We will be ready next year. We return.

In the girls’ Class 3A semifinals, Pierce County fell to powerhouse Greater Atlanta Christian, 66-46.

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