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.
For the second straight week, we have an upset in the girls' “Two for Tuesday” webcast game, as host No. 6 GAC upset No. 3 Buford 52-43. Despite being convincingly beaten in early January by the Lady Wolves, GAC (17-7) rebounded at home behind Kristina Nelson’s 17 points and eight rebounds while freshman Briana Cummings had 10.
Tonight’s “Two for Tuesday” webcast on GPB.org features a rivalry matchup between schools from Region 6A-AA when the boys and girls teams of the Buford Wolves travel to clash against the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans. Both games feature schools that are currently No. 1 and 2 in the Region 6A-AA standings. The Buford girls are No. 3 in the state with a perfect record of 6-0 in region play (17-2 overall). The Buford boys team is having also having a fine season and are currently tied with Decatur for second place in the region with a record of 4-2 (14-5 overall). For the girls and boys teams of GAC, it is just the opposite. The boys are No. 1 in the region with a perfect 7-0 record (17-5 overall). The Lady Spartans at 6-1 (16-6 overall) have only one blemish on their region record this season, putting them just behind the Buford girls for top spot in the region. The Lady Wolves and Lady Spartans will get the evening started with a scheduled start time of 5:45. Greater Atlanta Christian currently leads the region with an average of 62 points per game, while only allowing 36. The Lady Spartans are led by their sophomore sensation, Kristina Nelson. Nelson is averaging 15.4 points per game in 15 appearances to go with 6.2 boards a contest. The Lady Spartans are young with just five of their 13 players being upperclassmen. The Buford girls team also puts points up in bunches and are ranked second behind the Lady Spartans averaging 55 points per contest. Buford is also a much more experienced team than is GAC. They have no freshmen on the varsity squad and seven of their 13 players are upperclassmen, including five seniors on the team. Like the Lady Spartans, the Buford girls are led by a young, outstanding sophomore, Kaela Davis. The shooting guard is averaging 17.5 points a game in 13 appearances this season. Junior point guard Andraya Carter also chips with in 12.6 points. Buford’s defense is holding their opponents to only 30 points per game, the least amount of points giving up by any team in Region 6A-AA. It should be an interesting matchup with the region’s top two offenses and defenses going head-to-head. In the boys matchup, GAC and Buford are nearly identical. Both defenses are giving up 49 points a contest, while the Spartans have a slight edge on the Wolves for points scored per game, 65 to 62. GAC’s main threat is senior Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon, a member of Score 44, is averaging a double-double this season from the wing position with 25.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Helping out Brogdon on the offensive end and on the boards is sophomore forward A.J. Davis, who is putting up 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. For the Buford boys team, strong performances from junior point guard Kyle Kellam and junior center T.J. Shipes will be needed if the Wolves want to leave GAC with a win. GAC will be rocking next Tuesday night with two undefeated streaks on the line. Can the Lady Spartans bring an end to the Lady Wolves perfect record in region play? Will the Great Atlanta Christian boys defend their home court and keep their run at perfection in the region alive?
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.
Tonight was Walton’s night. The host Raiders won both games of their grudgematch against neighborhood rival Wheeler in front of a statewide audience on GPB.org and to the delight of the sold-out "Pit” on the campus of Walton High School.
On Tuesday night, mayhem will ensue in the North Atlanta suburb of east Cobb. Traditional rivals Walton and Wheeler will do battle on the hardwood for the second time this season in a game that will be featured in a webcast on GPB.org. The game represents the first GPB basketball webcast of the season. The boys matchup featuring two Class 5A tradition-rich teams.
Several of the state's most highly ranked teams competed in tournaments and invitationals over weekend, despite being knee-deep in region play. One of the most high-profile of those events was the Marriott Invitational, which as held at Nrocross over the weekend ...