UGA, TECH WOMEN ROLL TO LEAGUE VIC­TO­RIES

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS - By Todd Hol­comb GHSF Daily

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.

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