MACON, Ga. (WJBF) – The Grovetown Warriors are state champions for the first time in school history, beating Buford 66-59 in the Class-AAAAAA boys basketball title game Friday night in Macon.

The Warriors built a 13 point halftime lead, but saw it trimmed to four heading to the final period. Grovetown outscored Buford 19-16 in the fourth to claim the title.

“Relief. It’s been a lot of work, and we didn’t want to throw the work away, even though a win or a loss doesn’t validate that,” said Grovetown Head Coach Darren Douglas, who previously won a state championship as head coach at Aquinas in 2018. “I wanted to give these guys something concrete to show that all the work they do pays off when you work as hard as they do.”

Lincoln County transfer Frankquon Sherman led the Warriors with 23 points. He scored nine of the team’s first 11 points of the fourth quarter, punctuated by a highlight-reel windmill dunk.

Grovetown (29-3) finishes the season with 18 consecutive wins and returns all but two players next season.