Aaric Armstead's circus-shot 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer put a charge into Bullard High's boys basketball team, which went on to pull away from Central 77-59 on Thursday in the final of the Holiday Invitational Tournament at Hoover.
The defending Central Section Division I champions outscored the Grizzlies 25-15 in the fourth quarter to break open what was a five-point game before Armstead's 3-pointer to close the third quarter. The score was tied 29-29 at halftime.
It's the fourth HIT title for Bullard, which finished in fifth place at the annual tournament last season, while Central settled for the runner-up trophy for the third time since 2007.
Armstead was named the tournament's MVP after scoring 21 points in the final. His brother, Adam Armstead, scored 12 and was an all-tourney pick. L.J. Moore paced the Grizzlies with 14 points.
Vallejo outscored Clovis East 11-4 in overtime to pull out a 76-69 win for third place, despite an 18-point effort from the Timberwolves' Kyle Cook.
In a rematch of last year's final, Hoover defeated Clovis North 58-50 behind Jovante Packard's 12 points, and in the consolation final, Kollan Mundley's 16 points led Mission Oak over Selma 65-47.