The Altavista Boys Basketball team is headed to the state championship on February 20 after a win over Mathews in the semifinals.
The Colonels won on a buzzer-beating layup from Jayllen Jones, 58 to 56.
Jones and teammate Stuart Hunt finished with 18 points each. Ben Tweedy and Marquel Dawkins scored 7 and 6 points each. Ryan Hart and Turner Johnson both scored 4.
Caleb Thomas scored a team high 20 for Mathews. Nasir Thomas was close behind with 18.
Altavista will be playing Parry McCluer, who they faced earlier this season, on Saturday at 7 p.m. Though Parry McCluer won their first matchup, Altavista Coach Casey Johnson said after that game that the team was looking forward to possibly playing them again for a chance to get some payback.