Julius Blum outlasted La-Z-Boy 71-67 Wednesday night in the Industrial League Championship game. Blum has become a dynasty of the league, winning the last four championships.
La-Z-Boy upset Timken 73-71 to reach the title game. Trey Finger poured in 33 points, while teammate Jerrac Allen added 20 in the win.
Robbie Nixon paced Timken with 24 points, while Chris Killian scored 13. Alcura Herring chipped in with 10.
The championship game saw two outstanding performances from two former Lincolnton Wolves. Trey Finger, a 1997 graduate, dropped 39 points for La-Z-Boy doing everything he could to keep his team from losing.
Marco Arias, a 1993 Lincolnton graduate and member of the state runner-up basketball team, scored 25 points.
DeAndre â€˜Picoâ€™ McCorkle added 19 points, Brad Conner complemented McCorkle with 14 in helping Blum to their fourth title in as many years.
Arias is pleased most by the team being able to remain intact.
â€œItâ€™s an achievement as far as keeping a team together for four years and winning as a team. Thatâ€™s the most important thing and representing the company as well as we can,â€ he said.
â€œI always thank the Lord for giving the ability to play,â€ he added.
Arias took nothing away from Blumâ€™s opponent.
â€œLa-Z-Boy beat Timken and then came out and played against us as hard as they could. There are a lot of guys we played with in high school or against, so that was pretty neat.â€
Nixon and Killian also were Lincolnton Wolves, while Allen was a Cherryville Ironmen.
Marco Arias dunks, a-la Michael Jordan, in one of Blumâ€™s games this season. He led Blum with 25 points helping them to their fourth-consecutive championship. Contributed Photo
by John Mark Brooks