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Defending champion White Oak advances to finals

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hayden Nichols scored 21 points to lead defending state champion White Oak to a 69-50 win Friday over Winnie East Chambers in a Class 2A semifinal at the Erwin Center.

White Oak will face Brock on Saturday for the 2A championship. It's a rematch of last season's final, won by White Oak.

White Oak led 31-24 at halftime and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

Levi Yancy added 16 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks for White Oak, which shot 46.4 percent from the floor. The team enjoyed a 46-24 advantage in rebounds. Kris Anderson had 13 assists for the winners.

Brennan Beckett led Winnie East Chambers (26-10) with 11 points while Jarrod Guillory and Glenn Roberts added 10 points each. Winnie East Chambers was making its first appearance in the state tournament since 1996.

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