UGA, TECH WOMEN ROLL TO LEAGUE VICTORIES
The Class AAAAAA boys basketball champion has come from Region 5 the past two seasons, each in the name of Langston Hughes of Fairburn.
Now, another South Fulton school, Tri-Cities of East Point, aims to pick up where Hughes left off. The Bulldogs will enter the state tournament ranked No. 1 after winning Region 5 last week with victories against No. 9 Hughes, 79-70, in the semifinals and No. 2 Alexander, 57-56, in the championship. All those Region 5 teams advanced to the state tournament.
Tri-Cities moved up from No. 3 in the rankings after previous No. 1 Coffee and No. 2 Sprayberry lost in their region finals.
Tri-Cities was ranked No. 1 through the first five weeks of the season, then watched three other teams (Coffee, Evans and Lakeside-Evans) come and go before getting another chance at the top. Tri-Cities has reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament the past two seasons but never made a state semi- final.
Tri-Cities was ranked No. 1 through the first five weeks of the season, then watched three other teams (Coffee, Evans and Lakeside-Evans) come and go before getting another chance at the top Tri-Cities has reached the quarterfinals of the state tour- nament the past two seasons but never made a state semifinal.
There also is a new No. 1 team in Class AAA. Morgan County took over for defending state champion Greater Atlanta Christian, which was beaten by No. 3 Dawson County, 86-76, in the 7-AAA final. GAC had won 25 consecutive region games and beaten Dawson County twice this season. The Spartans remained one place ahead of No. 3 Dawson County in the rankings.
The GAC-Dawson County final was one of a several games last week between highly ranked teams from the same region.
Meadowcreek beat Norcross 46-44 on a layup at
the buzzer in overtime in the Region 7-AAAAAAA final that was a rematch of the 2018 state final. Norcross had beaten Meadowcreek the week prior. Meadowcreek enters the state tournament at No. 2; Norcross is No. 4.
No. 4 Cedar Grove beat No. 5 Pace Academy, 48-46, in overtime of the Region
5-AAA final. In AA, No. 2 South Atlanta beat No. 3 Therrell for the second time in two weeks to win Region 6.
Among Class A private schools, No. 1 St. Francis defeated No. 4 Mount Bethel Christian 64-58 in the Region 6 final, and No. 3 Eagle’s Landing Christian beat No. 2 Greenforest Christian, 73-57,
in the Region 5 final. ELCA and Greenforest swapped places in the rankings.
One of the bigger surprises of last week’s tournaments was Westlake, which won Region 2-AAAAAAA with victories against previous No. 6 Pebblebrook and No. 8 Wheeler. Westlake, previously unranked, is No. 7. Previous
No. 2 East Coweta, which entered 24-1, dropped to No. 5 after losing to Wheeler and Pebblebrook. Region 2 now has four ranked teams in the highest classification.
First-round games in the state tournament will be Friday and Saturday at the home courts of the higher-seeded teams.