The Alton Redbird boys' basketball team punched their ticket to their second straight sectional finals appearance on Tuesday.
Alton defeated the Edwardsville Tigers 63-59 in the Class 4A Collinsville Sectional semifinals. AHS now draws East Moline United at 7 p.m. Friday at Collinsville's Vergil Fletcher Gym with the sectional title on the line. United beat Rock Island 55-54 in double overtime on Tuesday in the other sectional semi in front of 5,200 fans at Wharton Field House in Moline.
The Birds are looking for their first sectional crown since 2005 and their sixth in school history.
There will be no pre-sale tickets for the game. All tickets will be priced general admission. Tickets go on sale at 5:15 p.m. at Collinsville High with the 3-point shooting contest to get underway at 5:30 p.m. and the game at 7.