Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a dynasty as “a succession of rulers of the same line of descent.” From that definition, you can see why the world of sports has adopted the word “dynasty” to describe its most dominant teams.
In a night filled with exciting games, perhaps the most interesting ones were routs. Miller Grove dominated previously unbeaten Sequoyah, while Milton wiped out No. 2 Peachtree Ridge. See below for recaps of 18 of tonight’s playoff games.
From Savannah to the Tennessee line, we were all over the first round of the state basketball playoffs tonight. While there were some upsets - such as Redan and Savannah Christian going down - perennial powers like the Miller Grove boys and Wesleyan girls rolled past out-matched opponents.
The GHSA State Basketball Tournament is just around the corner. This year promises more of the usual, as a ton of talent from across the Peach State will do battle for the right to be called state champions.
The GHSA state basketball tournaments don’t start until next weekend, but thanks to this week’s region playoffs, many metro Atlanta teams will teams will be battle tested. The best basketball in the state is played close to the capitol, which means some talent-rich local teams will have to fight for a coveted invitation to the state’s big dance.
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.
The craziness in Georgia girls basketball is settling down, just as region and state tournaments are about to commence. Last week, we saw three new teams ascend to the top spot of the AJC’s weekly poll. This week, all five of the No. 1’s remain in the pole position.
It was another exciting "Two for Tuesday" webcast tonight on GPB.org, as the Miller Grove boys and girls defeated their Mays counterparts at the Corretta Scott King Center in west Atlanta. The opener was nothing short of a classic. The host Lady Raiders led nearly the entire way, but were undone by poor free throw shooting in the second half. Despite a triple-double from 6-3 center Mariah Dean, Mays fell 53-51.
As the top boys basketball teams in the state make their playoff pushes, teams from the metro area continue to dominate in the AJC’s weekly polls, especially in the larger classifications. Every No. 1 team (with the exception of Class A) is inside or within shouting distance of I-285.