After losing by a combined five points in two meetings with the Tigers during the regular season, the Lions accomplished the aforementioned task and avenged those close setbacks with a 51-47 victory.
Paul Jackson scored 20 points and fellow senior Greg King added 13, 16 rebounds and five blocks for M.L. King, which will visit Apalachee in Winder in the opening round of the Class AAAAA playoffs this weekend.
Shembari Phillips had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Tucker, which will travel to Athens to face Clarke Central.
To the surprise of none, the contest was close throughout with Jackson looking to impose his will offensively on one end of the floor while Phillips attempted to do likewise on the other.
But for a moment, the Lions appeared to seize control of the game, thanks to a 9-1 run which was highlighted by a stepback 3-pointer by Jackson as time expired in the third quarter.
However, James Hartry called for a full-court trap early in the final frame, and after a steal and layup by senior Jon Dunmyer (nine points), the Tigers only trailed 43-41 with 4:36 left.
But M.L. King would rebuild its lead to five before senior Tyrell Thomas (seven points) sank two foul shots for a 48-47 score with 1:04 left. However, senior Miles Perdue (eight points, eight rebounds) would respond with two huge free throws with 47 seconds remaining.
King made the front end of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds left to extend the margin and Tucker missed a number of close but contested attempts prior to the final buzzer.