Predictions: Pebblebrook boys, Archer girls will win state titles

9:12 am Feb. 18, 2015

It’s perhaps a little late for predictions, as a few first-round girls games took place Tuesday, but each of those had predictable results.

So below is one reporter’s forecast of the boys and girls tournaments in Class AAAAAA.

There are couple of mild surprises holding the trophies – Pebblebrook’s boys and Archer’s girls. The teams to beat are considered to be national ranked Wheeler (boys) and No. 1-ranked Osborne (girls), or Parkview

State-playoff bracket here: Check these potential QF’s

10:35 pm Feb. 14, 2015

Here is the unofficial draw for the Class AAAAAA boys and girls state basketball playoffs.

Notice that No. 1 Wheeler and No. 2 Tift County could meet in the boys quarterfinals. Note that No. 1 Osborne and No. 2 Parkview could meet in the girls quarterfinals.

No. 3 Pebblebrook and No. 4 Norcross (boys) would be another interesting quarterfinal.

Best draws: I’m saying Wheeler’s boys (despite the early Tift County matchup) and Archer’s

Region tournament highlights: North Gwinnett turns season around

8:32 am Feb. 10, 2015

Through 17 games, Collins Hill’s boys basketball team was 15-2 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA. North Gwinnett was 6-11.

Less than a month later, Collins Hill’s season is over after a 3-6 stretch run in difficult Region 7-AAAAAA. North Gwinnett is on a 7-1 streak and qualified for the state playoffs Tuesday with a 52-47 victory over Collins Hill in the quarterfinals of the 7-AAAAAA tournament at Duluth. North Gwinnett

Region tournament brackets nearly complete; upsets show how wide open girls state tournament will be

8:07 am Feb. 3, 2015

At the bottom is the latest on the brackets for the region tournaments, which begin Monday in Class AAAAAA. Most of the seeds have been set, but still waiting to hear about a few tiebreakers in regions 2, 3, 6 and 8.

Next week, AJC.com will have schedules and scores for all 48 region tournaments and update them daily.

Meanwhile, the girls state tournament will be fun. Norcross has won three

Montverde tournament gives Shiloh boys a chance to shine

12:31 pm Jan. 28, 2015

At 20-0, Shiloh is the only undefeated boys team in Class AAAAAA, but the Generals are ranked only No. 3 behind nationally ranked Wheeler and defending champion Tift County.

Shiloh’s chance to erase any strength-of-schedule concerns starts Thursday at the three-day, eight-team Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament (MAIT) outside of Orlando.

Shiloh’s first opponent is First Academy of Orlando, the No. 3 team in Florida’s Class 3A and No. 9 overall in Florida, according

Upcoming: DeMatha will be Pebblebrook’s third top-10 opponent nationally

8:47 am Jan. 21, 2015

If a boys basketball team in Georgia has played a tougher schedule this season, Pebblebrook would like to compare resumes.

The Falcons (15-4 overall, 9-0 in 3-AAAAAA) will play DeMatha of Maryland on Saturday in the Hilton Invitational at Norcross That will be Pebblebrook’s third game this season against a team ranked in MaxPreps’ national top-10 poll.

DeMatha is ranked No. 8. Pebblebrook lost to No. 1 Montverde Academy 69-61 last

Osborne, Mountain View girls survive in OT … North Forsyth’s home win streak ended … Norcross boys take lead in R7

12:10 pm Jan. 17, 2015

West Forsyth’s (15-3, 10-2) ended eighth-ranked North Forsyth’s 31-game home winning streak on Friday with a 49-36 victory. It avenged a loss on West’s home floor last month. Jenna Staiti, a 6-foot-5 junior who is committed to Maryland, scored 35 points and had 18 rebounds and four blocked shots in West’s recent win. North fell to 16-3 overall, 10-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA. Third-ranked South Forsyth (16-2, 11-0) leads the region.

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Look ahead: Archer girls host showcase tourney … Wheeler travels to New England … Pebblebrook gets shot at Montverde

12:34 pm Jan. 14, 2015

Four of the Top 10 girls teams in Class AAAAAA and two No. 1-ranked teams from Georgia’s lower classifications will play Saturday in the first Krossover Classic, which is designed to be a showcase for college coaches.

McEachern, the defending AAAAAA champion and second-ranked team this season, plays No. 1 Holy Innocents’ of Class AA. St. Francis, ranked No. 1 in A, will play Wenonah, the No. 1 team in Alabama’s

Basketball: Tift loses first game in Louisiana; games to watch Friday

9:09 am Jan. 9, 2015

Second-ranked Tift County’s boys (15-1) lost their first game Thursday, beaten by two-time defending Louisiana state champion Riverside in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic in New Orleans. Tift had a shot to tie at the buzzer but missed.

Tift will play two more games before heading back on the 7-hour school bus ride.

Tift is expected to contend again after winning Class AAAAAA in 2014. Gone is Tadric Jackson, the

Wheeler boys, South Forsyth & Parkview girls win top-10 showdowns

9:47 am Jan. 7, 2015

Here is a recap of some of the bigger basketball games in Class AAAAAA on Tuesday –

*The No. 1-ranked Wheeler’s boys (14-1, 6-0) beat No. 9 Pope (13-2, 7-1) 64-54 for first place in Region 5-AAAAAA. Pope got within 58-52 with the ball in the final two minutes but no closer. Wheeler’s Cameron Jordan scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Wheeler, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Jaylen