There were four boys region championship games in Class AAAAAA on Tuesday night, and three went to overtime – Wheeler beat Walton in Region 5, Alpharetta beat Lambert in Region 6 and Douglas County beat Newnan in Region 3.
The fourth one – Luella over Newton in Region 2 – was pretty close, too. Luella came from four down in the final six minutes to win 40-36.
But in our top story, South Cobb defeated eighth-ranked Hillgrove to continue perhaps the most remarkable post-season run of any team in the state.
Below is a look at how each region tournament is going, or went.
Also check out the Class AAAAAA first-round matchups, as most this weekend’s games have been set.
Region 1 – Finished on Friday. Won by Tift County’s boys and Lowndes’ girls. Brunswick’s boys, the No. 2 seed, gets a home first-round game against fourth-ranked Westlake, the third-place finisher in Region 3.
Region 2 – Luella’s boys won the title on Newton’s home floor. The Covington News reports that Newton made three straight 3-pointers to take a 40-36 lead in the fourth quarter, but Luella, the regular-season champ, stormed back. Newton’s girls beat Luella and won their first region title since 2003, according to the News. See girls game story.
Region 3 – Douglas County’s boys beat Newnan 81-75 in overtime for the title. In the girls final, fifth-ranked Westlake beat eighth-ranked Douglas County in the final.
Region 4 – Now, they’re being ridiculous. South Cobb’s boys team defeated eighth-ranked Hillgrove 55-53 in the semifinals Tuesday at McEachern. That’s a day after beating McEachern (20-6) in the quarters. And three days after beating Kennesaw Mountain 59-58 on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer. South Cobb entered the tournament as the No. 9 seed with a 5-20 record. South Cobb will play top-seeded Pebblebrook today for the title. McEachern and Hillgrove will play for the girls title.
Region 5 – The No. 1-ranked Wheeler boys beat Walton 78-76 in overtime. Guard Avery Patterson scored on a layup at the buzzer after Wheeler got a steal. The girls final was an upset as second-seeded Woodstock beat top-seeded Roswell 44-37.
Region 6 – Alpharetta’s boys beat top-seeded Lambert 75-65 in overtime for the title. Top-seeded North Forsyth won the girls championship over South Forsyth.
Region 7 – Second-ranked North Gwinnett will play fifth-ranked Norcross in the boys final tonight at 8 at Collins Hill. Top-seeded Norcross plays Duluth in the girls final. Duluth (16-10) has beaten Norcross (21-5) twice this season.
Region 8 – Two great matchups in today’s finals at Berkmar. In the girls game, its second-ranked Parkview vs. third-ranked Archer. In the boys games, it’s 10th-ranked and top-seeded Berkmar against second-seeded Shiloh. Shiloh is 2-0 against Berkmar this season.