2010 Georgia High School Basketball Tournament: Talk semifinals, finals; Milton coach David Boyd goes for hoops history (UPDATED)

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TONIGHT’S SEMIFINALS: WHERE WE’LL BE
Look for game stories from Gwinnett and a roundup from Macon later on AJC.com.

Gwinnett Arena
Girls — Westlake vs. Norcross, 4 p.m.; Redan vs. Milton, 7 p.m.
Boys — Westlake vs. Central Gwinnett, 5:30 p.m.; Milton vs. Newton, 8:30 p.m.

Macon Centreplex
Girls — Laney vs. Buford, 4 p.m.; GAC vs. Vidalia, 7 p.m.
Boys — Thomasville vs. Jefferson, 5:30 p.m.; Laney vs. GAC, 8:30 p.m.

MILTON COACH COULD MAKE HISTORY
Say whatever you want about Milton basketball coach David Boyd, but the guy wins. He’s a Georgia high school living legend.

If prospect-loaded Milton High wins it all this week, it will be the fourth decade that Boyd has led teams to state championships in basketball. He won at Campbell (1982), Tucker (1996), and Berkmar (2000-2001). He would become the first basketball coach to capture titles at four different Georgia schools.

Boyd’s team, after a narrow win over Norcross in the semifinals, are the favorites against Newton on Thursday.

EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS — EVEN THE BLOWOUTS
Yates High (Houston) coach Greg Wise has a team that’s beaten one foe 170-35 this season and that’s not the only 100-plus point game his Lions have posted. That can’t happen in Georgia, where there’s a basketball “Mercy Rule.”

Is it a team’s fault when they’re just THAT good? Should the Yates coach face disciplinary action for… winning big? Read all about it HERE, then discuss it.

LATEST UPDATES & NEWS
Scores from Wednesday’s semifinals
Photos from Wednesday’s semifinals
Miller Grove edges Richmond Academy
Wesleyan boys beat Wilcox County
Southwest DeKalb survives rally, returns to final
Wesleyan girls reach final again
Mays boys advance to AAAA final
Whitefield Academy wins in OT
Cook leads Northwest Whitfield girls into AAAA final
Savannah Christian beats SACA

TOURNAMENT INFO: PAIRINGS

2010 Georgia State Tournament brackets
BOYS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A
GIRLS: AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A

Talk hoops: Make your picks BEFORE Thursday’s semifinals and then RETURN to defend your choices after the game. GAME ON.

114 comments Add your comment

Go Newton and Central

March 11th, 2010
7:46 am

Hoping for upsets today. Would be great for GA HS basketball, not that GHSA really cares.

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 11th, 2010
8:00 am

Yeah, Boyd will gone down in the history books as a great recruiter…in high school. What a joke. The guy gets out coached all the time, just wins on talent. Lipscomb and Martin can coach circles around this guy.

G-dub

March 11th, 2010
8:39 am

Go Redan Repeat

STEINER

March 11th, 2010
8:56 am

SADLY, GHSA FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, AND BASEBALL ARE NOW ALL ABOUT WHO RECRUITS THE BEST….GET ALL THE BEST PLAYERS, AND SIT BACK AND WATCH THEM PERFORM….GHSA LOOKS THE OTHER WAY, THEIR EXCUSE IS IF THEY PREVENT SOMEONE FROM “TRANSFERRING”, THEY MIGHT GET SUED…..BUY SOME “SUING INSURANCE”, MAN UP, AND STOP THIS RECRUITING THAT IS RUNNING RAMPANT IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS OF GEORGIA….

mdd170

March 11th, 2010
9:07 am

It’s really ashamed that AJC can’t be bothered with giving Newton any credit whatsoever during this whole state tournament. These guys have played their hearts out and have beaten some very good teams to get here. They DESERVE some recognition!!! It’s not all about Milton and Westlake!!!

Go Rams!!! We are ready for an UPSET tonight!!!!

northside

March 11th, 2010
9:12 am

there must be a lot of weed smoking in newton cause your high if u think they will beat milton

TMM

March 11th, 2010
9:13 am

NEWTON ALL THE WAY BABY!!!! Don’t SLEEP ON EM!!! GO RAMS!!!!

MWG 10

March 11th, 2010
9:21 am

HEY don’t count the NEWTON COUNTY RAMS OUT, they have a GREAT COACH TOO. GOOOOOO RAMS

MWG 10

March 11th, 2010
9:31 am

WELL I GUESS KNOW ONE REMEMBER WHAT COACH RONALD BRADLEY DID, HE HAS ALREADY SET ALOT OF RECORDS, SO I GUESS THE MILTON COACH HAS ALOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO. GOOOOOOOOO RAMMMMMMM’S

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Newtoon

March 11th, 2010
11:39 am

Newton Co. is overmatched in every possible category including cheerleaders in this game. If the brackets crossed over after the first round, Newton wouldn’t be here. You want love Newton, WIN TODAY. But dont come on here and expect any love when you havent played ANYONE.

Joe

March 11th, 2010
11:56 am

Boys (4A) Mays will defeat Miller Grove
Girls (4A) NW Whitfield will defeat SW Dekalb

Mays Alum 02'

March 11th, 2010
12:02 pm

Let’s Go Mays.

Ram

March 11th, 2010
12:12 pm

If you are a true Newton fan you will know this…..

WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL….I WENT TO THE RIVER….(hell yeah)
AND I STARTED TO DROWN….(hell yeah)
GOT TO THINKIN BOUT THE RAMS…..(hell yeah)
AND JUST COUNDN’T GO DOWN….(hell yeah)
IT TAKES A ROCKER TO ROCK….(hell yeah)
IT TAKES A BASKETBALL TO ROLL…..(hell yeah)
IT TAKES A NEWTON COUNTY RAM….(hell yeah)
TO SATISFY MY SOUL…
HELLLLLLL YEAH!!!!!

Ram

March 11th, 2010
12:16 pm

In the midst of Newton County,
clear against the sky,
proudly stands our Alma Mater,
as the years go by.
Foreward ever be our watchward,
conquer and prevail.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater,
Newton High all hail..

Ram

March 11th, 2010
12:17 pm

The GHSA state champions cup is going to look great in Covington….

LET’S GO RAMS!!!!!!

Schulz

March 11th, 2010
12:21 pm

Dirty Goat Mafia Unite!

Hail Newton! (Hail Newton!)
Hail Newton! (Hail Newton!)
Hail Newton! (Hail Newton!)
Hail Milton! (Hail No!)

pensacola dawg

March 11th, 2010
12:21 pm

Anybody here think North Hall Boys Have A chance?

DG2010

March 11th, 2010
12:29 pm

MAYS WILL NOT DEFEAT MILLER GROVE…COME ON BE REAL…HAVE U SEEN MAYS PLAY?? THEIR REALLY SLOW!! MILLER GROVE PLAYS A FAST PACED GAME..ILL GIVE THEM PROPS FOR COMING THIS FAR..BUT MILLER GROVE WILL TAKE IT HOME….

Mays Alum 02'

March 11th, 2010
12:30 pm

RAIDERS R US

MAYS HIGH SCHOOL RULES

Mays Alum 02'

March 11th, 2010
12:33 pm

@DG2010

Mays may play slow but they still win it don’t matter how they play the only thing that matters is them winning the game. Mays defeating better teams than them win they won back to back state championships in both years in 04 and 05 so don’t count Mays out they are a team of destiny and they play with alot of heart Coach Mack will have them ready.

AJC Sports

March 11th, 2010
12:36 pm

Folks, seriously stop typing your comments in all caps. It’s more annoying than you could imagine. You can make your points using regular capitalization rules just fine. It’s one thing to type “LET’S GO RAMS” in all caps as a cheer; totally something else to just scream at everyone on the board because you aren’t turning off the Caps Lock key.

Thanks for your cooperation in advance – AJC Sports

DG2010

March 11th, 2010
12:39 pm

@Mays Alum
What you fail to realize is that with any given chance for MG to pull away they will!! Slowness in this case will cost Mays the game..sorry but mg has the upper hand in this match….

Mays Alum 02'

March 11th, 2010
12:43 pm

@DG2010
We will see I’m pulling for Mays cause I know Coach Mack will have them ready. Yes Miller Grove have a bigger team but that don’t matter like I said before in 04 when Mays won the championship their opponent was bigger and faster and we still won.

Understands the Game

March 11th, 2010
2:08 pm

Hands down Mays High School has had the best basketball program over the last decade. Coach Mack does not recruit and wins with what players come to him. Name one big time player that has made a significant impact at some other school and then transferred to Mays. You can’t name one because he coaches with integrity plus he can flat out coach. All of these people talking about Mays plays too slowly, they play slowly because Mack knows his personnel. When Mack coached his first two state championship teams in ‘04 and ‘05 he played more of an up tempo game. This year’s team is like the team he coached in ‘01 who were state runners-up where they played a slower style because they don’t have the personnel to go up and down the court and win. Before you make comments, make sure you understand the game. Mays and Miller Grove will be a good game and it will be a classic battle between two contrasting styles of play.

swatguy

March 11th, 2010
2:49 pm

Ok, Mays is not slow. Actually they are very fast and very quick. Youse confuse deliberate with slow.
Coach Mack teaches a deliberate pace which emphasizes high percentage shots and low turnovers. Even after shots players are in better positions for rebounds.
This is Chess not checkers.

Now I’m a fan of Sharman also, but in this game the elder will prevail and Mays will win.

REDNECK101

March 11th, 2010
3:11 pm

DO YOUR HOMEWORK . LOOK AT THE TEAMS THAT MAYS LOST TO….
BANNEKER…LITHIA SPRINGS….
MILER GROVE KILLED THEM.
THEREFORE THEY WILL DEFINATELY MURDER MAYS TOMORO .!
YOU’LL SEE .! YOU’LL SEE .!
=)

swatguy

March 11th, 2010
3:18 pm

Another observation, Miller Grove is not particularly physical. Mays is (physical) and will be in the faces. It should be a good game.

Mays Raider for Life

March 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

I told you that everyone would know your name today #30….Colin Cook…you played man! Kendall…I love your game man! Eric C….that long pass was beautiful and oh so important this morning….how’d you even see that guy?!?!? Homer…you are the man! Crane…you have some great hands and feet! RayRay….you were calm and collected….I like that! And AJ….you already know player….true guts wins games!

WAY TO GO MAYS HIGH!!!!!

Mays Raider for Life

March 11th, 2010
3:34 pm

Did anybody see #44 from NW Whitfield cursing at the SWD parents in the stands…..just country as hell! SWD fans were cheering for their girls as they played….every time they cheered – she said something ugly and they eventually asked her to stop being negative….boy she went to cussing harder than any sailor I know! Then her mama told the folks that they could take it to the parking lot and then her sister (with her baby on her hip) started woofing and cussing too! HEEEE-larious….they do not know that folks from the deck will gang fight and whoop your A## and then send you back to your country town laughing! I think she helped to add to the butt kicking that SWD is going to have to put on that tail tomorrow night….I hate that she did that – because most of the NW Whitfield fans are really nice folks who are just proud of the only bit of excitement that their town has to offer….I am sure that the two guys on the Whitfield County School Board that were sitting right in the midst of all of the action called her into the office this morning to discuss that behavior….How can you be that physically weak and think that you are going to fight some folks from the DEC….SMDH!!!! LOL

swatguy

March 11th, 2010
3:48 pm

@Mays Raider for Life I saw that. Was thinking the same thing. Alas, I believe NW will win. Their guards are talented and tall girls are effective.

Concened Eagle

March 11th, 2010
4:02 pm

DO ANYONE FEEL LIKE THE EAGLES HAVE A CHANCE I SAY WESTOVER ON TAPE MAN THEY ARE FEROCIOUS

Concerned Eagle

March 11th, 2010
4:04 pm

jroc

March 11th, 2010
4:20 pm

Understands the game its amazing how Dougherty in 01 changed the way your coach teaches the game i didn’t know that thanks alot man you know what we did the same thing for Columbia in 97 and after that they started to win more championships i am glad yall realize yall had to learn from Albany to become great programs.

MetroAtl

March 11th, 2010
4:35 pm

jroc, thanks for teaching us the game. It appears that you are quiet upset that we have advanced beyond what your teams could teach us. Classes on how to play the game are now being taught in the Metro Area. LOL!!!!

THSALUM00

March 11th, 2010
5:38 pm

any games being broadcasted online?

GHSA Talk

March 11th, 2010
5:43 pm

Milton Wins it all in both Boys and Girls
Shannon Scott MVP

Mike

March 11th, 2010
5:45 pm

he’s not his father

3 Straight

March 11th, 2010
6:24 pm

Norcross girls win 51-44 over Westlake.

jj

March 11th, 2010
6:38 pm

I’m the Pappy

jroc

March 11th, 2010
6:46 pm

you know what would be great think about if georgia tech or uga could keep all the talent in georgia in state think about if one of the teams had D Howard Josh Smith Favors man no telling how many national championships those schools would have the talent in georgia is awesome

GC

March 11th, 2010
6:54 pm

Central and Westlake tied at 61, overtime.

http://www.ghsa.tv/events/9976

catlady

March 11th, 2010
7:02 pm

What is the schedule for televising the AA girls championship?

Sounds like Buford put the hurt on Laney.

GC

March 11th, 2010
7:06 pm

68-65 Westlake, less than a minute left.

OK

March 11th, 2010
7:14 pm

AMEN to the recruiting stuff!! It is absolutely out of control.

Dylan

March 11th, 2010
7:23 pm

Mays Raider and swatguy,
I wasn’t there for the SW game, but I’m sorry you guys saw that. That is not what NW is about. Quaneisha has had discipline problems in the past, and Coach Stockburger is adressing it. Sorry again for that. Good luck to Mays tomorrow.
GO LADY BRUINS!!! BEAT SW DEKALB!!!

GREENWAVE

March 11th, 2010
7:24 pm

2A Semifinal(Boys)
Thomasville – 69
Jefferson – 43

Thomasville makes the 2A Boys State Final

5A Semifinal(Boys)

Westlake – 73
Central Gwinnett – 67

Final(OT)

Westlake makes the 5A Boys State Final

GREENWAVE

March 11th, 2010
7:26 pm

2A Semifinal(Girls)
Buford – 62
Laney – 49

Final

5A Semifinal(Girls)
Norcross – 61
Westlake – 44

Final

GREENWAVE

March 11th, 2010
7:42 pm

2A Semifinal(Girls)

GAC – 39
Vidalia – 28

Halftime

GREENWAVE

March 11th, 2010
7:48 pm

5A Semifinal(Girls)

Milton – 9
Redan – 6

2nd quarter

PS – Yes that really is the score. Yes both teams are playing absolutely horrible right now