Cougars win state title


The Columbia Academy Cougars are Class 3A state champions after controlling the action from start to finish against Carroll Academy in the title game at Canton Academy to win 53-37 Saturday night.

Columbia Academy (35-2) only trailed during the first minute of the game and suffocated Carroll’s offense.

In a career filled with dominant performances, Tate Duncan saved his best for when it mattered most with a double-double and scoring 21 points while blocking at least five shots. He consistently dominated the offensive glass and delivered a monstrous dunk in the first half that set the tone for the rest of the game.

Ras Pace, who went on an 8-0 run by himself at one point in the third quarter, had 16 points, and Cody Fortenberry had 14.

The Cougars will play in the MAIS overall tournament next, receiving a first-round bye. They will play Wednesday at Mississippi College against either the No. 2 team from 5A or No. 2 team from 4A.