The Alton Redbirds celebrated a regional championship in boys basketball on Friday night, topping the host Edwardsville Tigers 44-27 at the Class 4A Edwardsville Regional. You heard the game on The Big Z as Carlos Anderson scored a game-high 18 points for the Redbirds. Darrius Edwards and Isaiah Thurmond each added 8 points as Alton improved to 26-4 with the win. A.J. Epenesa scored 16 points in a losing effort for Edwardsville who end the year 18-11.

The Redbirds are back in action Tuesday night when they face Collinsville at Belleville East High School in the semifinal round of the Class 4A Pekin Sectional.