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ACAC boys final: Woodlan v. Garrett

Score one – well, two, really – for time travel.

It’ll be a useful tool Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, when Woodlan and Garrett hit the floor to decide the championship of the boys ACAC basketball tournament. The Warriors haven’t won the championship since 1997; the Railroaders have never won it and are making their first trip back to the finals since 2010.

But they’ll both be there after Woodlan survived a late Bluffton rally to take out the two-time defending champion Tigers 58-55, and Garrett beat Adams Central 54-49 Thursday night in the semifinals.

“It feels good to play here. It’s my first time ever playing here and I’m looking forward to playing again and getting a championship,” said Garrett junior Justin McCoy, who scored 16 points along with 6-foot-7 center Matt Singleton.

“It feels amazing. This is what us seniors talked about, (that) we just want to put Woodlan back on the map any way we can,” said Woodlan senior Kadin Gerig, for whom even 1997 must seem impossibly distant.

“Yeah, that’s ancient history to these kids,” Woodlan coach Dave Randall said.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.