Class 5A Boys Preview: Eagle's Landing vs. Kell
Eagle’s Landing Eagles
Record/ranking: 29-1, No. 1 seed from Region 2, ranked No. 2
Coach: Elliott Montgomery
Top players: David Thomas, Chris Morris, Kenneth Brayboy, Khylan McKennie. Thomas, who has signed with Mercer, was named Region 2 Player of the Year. Thomas scored 20 points and Morris scored 18 in the semifinal win over Jones County.
How they got there: def. Greenbrier 80-32, def. Lithonia 64-36, def. Mays 81-71, def. Jones County 66-54.
Previous championships: Two – 2013, 2021.
Record/ranking: 27-2, No. 1 seed from Region 6, ranked No. 2.
Coach: Jermaine Sellers
Top players: Peyton Marshall, C.J. Brown, Cannon Richards, Jaylen Colon, Parrish Johnson. Marshall, a 7-foot junior who has committed to Auburn, was named Region 6 Player of the Year. Brown is a high-energy player who scored 24 points in the semifinal win.
How they got there: def. Maynard Jackson 97-68, def. Eastside 79-48, def. Dutchtown 73-60, def. Chapel Hill 54-33.
Previous championships: None
Game notes: This game matches the No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams. No other team has held the top spot this season. … Kell is on a 14-game winning streak. … This is the third straight year Eagle’s Landing has played in the championship game. … Kell reached the Class 6A championship game in 2021 and lost to Wheeler.