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Calhoun County tournament: Second-half explosion sends Jacksonville boys to title game

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Jacksonville's Caden Johnson celebrates a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter against Piedmont in the semifinals of the Calhoun County Basketball Tournament at Pete Mathews Coliseum at JSU.

JACKSONVILLE — In the words of Jacksonville coach Tres Buzan, “Once the iron got hot, we took off from there.”

The top-seeded Golden Eagles took off like a rocket ship in the second half, leaving fifth-seeded Piedmont in the dust in an 81-59 victory Thursday night in the semifinals of the Calhoun County tournament. Jacksonville will face second-seeded Oxford in Friday’s 8 p.m. championship game.

Assistant Sports Editor Jared Gravette: 256-235-3572. On Twitter: @Jared_Gravette.