Altavista mens bball

The Altavista Police Department and Fire Company provided an escort for the boys basketball team on their way to Mathews this Wednesday.

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.