Two quality basketball teams faced off in the opening round of the AAAAA state tournament Saturday.
Apalachee High School hosted M.L. King and by the time the evening was over, the visiting Lions had managed to hold on for a 70-64 win. The loss ended a memorable season for the Wildcats at 23-6.
MLK took a 3-2 lead with 5:16 left in the first quarter and did not relinquish it until a 3-pointer by Joey German tied the game with 3:03 left in the third. Another basket from behind the 3-point line by Wright Patterson gave the Wildcats a 41-38 advantage. AHS would lead 47-44 after the third quarter.