All the hard work and season long prep work is on the line now as all 5 classifications in Georgia began postseason play in the State Tournament over the weekend. The State Tournament consist of the Top 4 teams from each region with the higher seed hosting in opening two rounds. The third round is held at a neutral location and the semifinal and finals Gwinnett for the 4A and 5A classes and Macon for the 3A, 2A and 1A semifinals and finals. Girls play on the first date boys on the second date but if both teams are hosting they may play a double dip. 5 wins and your a state champ.
The talent is deep in Georgia for basketball with several players at the collegiate level and a solid representation at the professional level for both Men and Ladies. This talent is no on full display. Here are some notes from the weekend…
McEachern (Reg 4) 88 Camden County (Reg 3) 40; McEachern forced 27 turnovers in the first half and had four player score in double figures. Dominique Wilson 18pts, Pachiyaanna Roberts-a Syracuse signee, 16pts Destine Gibbs 15pts and freshman Te’a Cooper-a North Carolina commit, dropped in 10pts. McEachern, ranked No.2 in the ESPN Powerade Fab 50 and No. 3 in the nation by USA Today at 28-0, held a 90 min post game practice. Harrison, Hillgrove and North Cobb all won their playoff games over Region 3 opponents.
Chamblee won to advance to the second round for the first time in 37-years with a win over Douglas County. Miller Grove, Southwest Dekalb, Stephenson and Redan loss to Osborne. Columbia won by 26 over LaGrange and will host Oconee County in the second round. Oconee County is a No.3 seed from Region 8-3A and defeated Cartersville 66-44. Habersham Central of Region 8-4A defeated Lambert by 15 and will host Chamblee.
Parkview, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Mill Creek and Buford advanced. Stephenson and Hillgrove will meet int he second round after victories.
Cedar Shoals 66 Sequoyah 62. Cedar Shoals won this game by hitting their free throws. the Jag were 23-28 from the stripe while nailing 17 free throws in the fourth quart for all of the points in that quarter. The Jaguars also hit the boards finishing plus-10 on the glass with a 28-18 advantage. Senior Kevon Scott lead all scorers with 27 points (15-18 FT), Dontai Robinson had 18pts 8rebs and CD Simmons 9pts 5reb. Cedar Shoals has loss only 4 games at home under second-year head coach L’Dreco Thomas and will host Southwest Dekalb Wednesday in the second round.
Other Region 8-4A Teams: Loganville won 73-59 over Creekview and will play Miller Grove who breezed by New Manchester 83-35 and Rockdale County ended Woodland-Bartow’s season with a 77-73 victory. Woodland-Bartow ends their season with back-to back losses to cap a 26-3 season. Salem fell to Chattahoochee.
Dekalb County: Miller Grove, Columbia, ML King, Southwest Dekalb, Marist, Towers and Stephenson all won their opening round games.
Cobb County: Harrison won and will travel to Valdosta in the second round. North Cobb, and South Cobb advanced. Allatoona sent Monroe Area packing with a 72-55 win.
Gwinnett County: Shiloh slid by Mill Creek 61-58 while Peachtree Ridge knocked off Dacula. Berkmar defeated defending 5A Champion Norcross 64-54. Buford, GAC and North Gwinnett were also winners.
The second round begins Tuesday.