The first round of the Georgia high school basketball playoffs is halfway done after a rousing night of action on Friday. The highlight of the night may have been Class A No. 1 Calvary Day losing to Greenville 66-64 in a thriller in Savannah. Check our recaps below for more exciting Friday night playoff action.
Most teams across the state are now in region play and playoff bids, region titles and bragging rights are all on the line. In just such a matchup, visiting Kell dominated east Cobb rival Pope 33-7 Region 5N-AAAA clash.
President Obama's deputy trade ambassador toured the Savannah port, saying Georgia would benefit from proposed trade deals. Congress has held up the agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea over jobs concerns. Some Democrats say, the deals would send more US jobs overseas.
The final hoops rankings are out and, as you might've guessed, the No. 1 teams are all state champs. While the chalk (or favorites) ruled much of the weekend, Norcross pulled off one of the biggest upsets in state finals history by beating goliath Milton in the Class 5A boys final.
On the final day of 2011 GHSA basketball, a total of six state titles were handed out. Unlike Friday there were no upsets, and most of the games were one-sided. In the Class AAA boys state title game, Columbia pulled away from Butler in the fourth quarter to win their second consecutive championship by a score of 56-37.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold” is an oft-used old saying. The Norcross Blue Devils agree. After being eliminated by Milton in last year’s Class 5A quarterfinals in a controversial ending, the Blue Devils had a shot Friday night to even the score. And they did with a shocking 59-55 upset of the state’s No. 1 team.
The top boys basketball regular season concluded over the weekend. For top ranked teams in the AJC’s weekly poll, the games were much like a continuation of the pre-game lay-up drills. All of the top three teams in each classification retained their ranking from week six.
When the calendar turns to February, the machine that is the Norcross girls basketball team is usually clicking on all cylinders and charging full-speed ahead. But the Lady Blue Devils hit a speed bump over the weekend in Class 5A action against North Gwinnett.
As the clock on the high school basketball regular season ticks down to double-zero, the top boys teams are gaining momentum. Milton, the AJC’s top-ranked team in Class 5A, won twice last week in region games by a gaudy average of 51 points.