Byne Christian coach Antwain Adams, center, poses with his players and the state championship trophy on Saturday after the Saints beat Open Bible, 59-46.
MCDONOUGH — Even before the Byne Christian boys basketball team lifted the GCAA Division II state championship trophy on Saturday, the tears started falling.
“It was emotional,” Byne coach Antwain Adams said. “I hadn’t see the guys cry like that before.”
Byne defeated Open Bible, 59-46, in the title game to win the program’s first state title.
“This was the whole school’s first state title,” Adams said. “It was emotional because their parents were there, and a couple of those kids had never played in front of their parents before. To play in front of them for the first time and win a state title was special.”
After the tears and hugs, Adams sat his players down and told them they made history.
“I told them that they build the bridge for the next guys coming through,” Adams said.
Kurtland Ellis led Byne with 19 points, but Quinten Sanders scored 16 points, hit four 3-pointers and was named the game’s MVP.
“Every time the game got close, Quinten would hit a 3-pointer and give us some cushion,” Adams said.
Breland Johnson added 13 points and nine rebounds and Cam Green finished with seven points and 12 rebounds for Byne, which finished just 12-15 overall but caught fire at just the right time.
“We just started playing good ball at the end of the season and playing together,” Adams said. “They started jelling together and got hot at the right time.”