Brainerd and East Hamilton advance to state

Home court has its advantages.

Just ask Brainerd and East Hamilton.

The Panthers hosted Livingston Academy in the boys sectionals, or sub-state, Monday night.

Jesse Walker poured in 28 points to pace the Panthers to a 74-55 victory.

The win punches Brainerd's ticket to the state playoffs.

The story is the same for East Hamilton, with a nice touch of history happening.

The Hurricanes hosted traditional power Blackman out of Murfreesboro.

The 'Canes found themselves trailing for much of the game, down by six with roughly four minutes left in the game.

Rodney English's squad reached deep and pulled off the upset 72-68 and a trip to the state playoffs, the first time in program history.

Brainerd plays Haywood next Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, East Hamilton plays at 2:15 Eastern time next Wednesday against Memphis East.

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