Boys Varsity Basketball · Trojans rout Athens, advance to area final

HUNTSVILLE – Muscle Shoals will get a third meeting with top-ranked Columbia after the Trojans blasted Athens 72-53 Thursday night in the Class 6A, Area 15 tournament semifinals.

Muscle Shoals, who split with Columbia during the regular season, will face Columbia at 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia High School.

Mark Sears led Muscle Shoals’ offensive explosion against Athens, finishing with a game-high 19 points. Nick Griffith and Ty Smith added 16 points each in the win.

Muscle Shoals opened up a commanding 44-11 advantage at the half and coasted to the win.