The fourth seed in the tournament and needing a victory to earn a spot in the state playoffs, Gibson scored a team-high 20 points to lead Northview High School of Dothan to a 74-70 victory over Smiths Station High School
Showing good athleticism on the perimeter and also a deft shooting tough, Gibson overcame early foul trouble to lead Northview to the victory.
Considered one of the top high school players in the state despite being just a sophomore, Gibson showed why with several big baskets down the stretch. Included in that was a three-point shot from the left wing that he looked very comfortable shooting with a quick release that the Panther defense had no chance of blocking.
Gibson puts the ball on the floor and shows the ability to create a shot.
Gibson and his teammates will face the area's top seed, Opelika High, on Friday at 7 p.m. with a chance to advance to the area finals on the line. Opelika will have homecourt advantage.
The winner will play the winner of Enterprise and Auburn game, last year's 6A state champion. Auburn features 6-7 forward Asim McQueen, who is being recruited by several Division I programs around the South including Tulane and Southern Miss.
Xavier Gibson prepares to shoot vs. Smiths Station.