AAAA basketball blog: Five boys teams to watch

These aren’t necessarily the favorites to win the state title, but here are five teams that are worth watching in the Class AAAA boys basketball tournament, which begins this weekend.

*Alcovy: The second-ranked Tigers are perhaps the hottest team in Class AAAA, entering the state tournament on a 16-game winning streak that includes a 73-60 victory over Fayette County in the Region 3-AAAA championship game. Alcovy’s three losses this season have come against Class AA No. 9 Morgan County and AAAAA schools North Cobb and Savannah. The Tigers have a decent draw, with no other team in its quarter of the bracket ranked higher than No. 8.

*Bainbridge: The Bearcats had won 17 consecutive games until a controversial 60-58 loss to Northside-Warner Robins in the Region 1-AAAA championship game. Northside won on a shot as time expired, but Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough told the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, “He got the shot away after [the buzzer sounded] so it should not have counted.” The Bearcats have a first-round matchup against Effingham County, which is 26-2 but was upset by Ware County in the 2-AAAA semifinals.

*Fayette County: The loss to Alcovy in the 3-AAAA final doesn’t mean the Tigers aren’t capable of a state tournament run. The last time Fayette County lost a game (58-53 to Kenton, Ky., on Dec. 26), it responded with 17 consecutive victories. The Tigers dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the rankings after their latest loss, but they are the highest-rated team in their quarter of the bracket and could be in line for a meeting with Miller Grove in the semifinals.

*Lithia Springs: It will be interesting to see if Lithia Springs can keep its postseason magic alive. The Lions entered the 5-AAAA tournament with the No. 7 seed and a 14-11 overall record, then won consecutive games against East Paulding, No. 2 seed Sprayberry, New Manchester and top-seeded Douglas County to win the region title. They held a Douglas County team averaging 88 points per game to 57 in the region final. Lithia Springs has a tough first-round assignment against Region 6 No. 4 team Marist.

*Miller Grove: The Wolverines enter the state tournament with the No. 1 ranking as they try to win their fourth consecutive Class AAAA title. Miller Grove has lost nine games, but eight came against top out-of-state competition. “The road still goes through Miller Grove. They’re still the top program,” Chamblee coach Caesar Burgess said after his Bulldogs handed Miller Grove its only loss to a Georgia team, 56-54 on Jan. 20. Tony Parker averages about 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Wolverines.

16 comments Add your comment

The BIG "O"

February 23rd, 2012
10:40 am

Prediction: Region 5 will lose 3/4 to Region 6 this Sat

G-dub

February 23rd, 2012
11:41 am

Where is SWD, I think that they are the only team with a legitimate shot at MG

The BIG "O"

February 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

SWD hosts Osborne on Sat night

Sandy Creek says...

February 23rd, 2012
8:54 pm

The Fayette Co. vs Lovejoy game is a match of two former Sandy Creek head coaches. All we care about now is football. We need some good coaching like we use to have to get our basketball program on the right track.

Its Time

February 23rd, 2012
9:25 pm

Watch out for Fayette County

Chris

February 24th, 2012
11:59 am

Jonesboro let’s take this thang

the real #1

February 24th, 2012
7:35 pm

dont count the northside eagles out they are loaded with talent and have a very deep bench

atlanta bball player

February 25th, 2012
10:19 am

Miller grove should win this region since they recruit and have 4 players from outside of their area playing on the team.

atlanta bball player

February 25th, 2012
10:39 am

1.Douglas county will run you to death and can beat anyone in this tournament.2. Swd if shaq plays the whole game like he suppose to then they could win it all. 3. Osborne has the best overall team in this region from legit players in there district. 4. Woodland from cartersville only allows 48 ppg and under the radar because of where their located but could suprise everyone. 5. Chatahoochie should not be overlooked with 3 6′7 starters including Blossomgame who could destroy tony parker 1-1 and they have good guard play. 6. Alcovy plays like douglas county and could run your tongue out and beat you by 40. If douglas and alcovy plays, the score may be 110-104. ANYONE CAN WIN THIS REGION THIS YR, EVEN THE SCHOOLS THAT DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY BY NOT RECRUITING OUT OF DISTRICT PLAYERS.

Dekalb Is The BEST

February 26th, 2012
12:12 am

@atlanta bball player:

Your team’s season must have ended at the region tournament. Stop all of that crying and get back in the gym! There’s always next year!

sportsnut

February 26th, 2012
10:52 am

Sorry Fayette Faithful, those who gave Region 4-AAAA no credit in football can now look at the teams in the State Playoff’s and see those same team’s= Lovejoy, Jonesboro and North Clayton. Some of the states best ball is played in Clayton County, both on the Gridiron and the Hardwood.

bully jumper

February 26th, 2012
2:46 pm

Bainbridge just dusted off a good young Effingham co. team, now their sites are on Alcovy, Bainbridge will win this game, and the state will take notice.

dawg

February 26th, 2012
8:24 pm

sportsnut, don’t brag too much about 4-

sportsnut, don’t brag too much about 4-AAAA. 6-AAAA Tucker took care of
the great Lovejoy in the State Football Championship. However, We have some
other great teams in basketball

sportsnut

February 28th, 2012
6:41 am

@ Dawg== Not bragging. Unknown to many, Clayton is better known for it’s Basketball rather than football. Dekalb’s recent success is great but this is the norm in Clayco. Take a look back and you will find the history of Clayco Hoop’s rich in tradition. The county is full of athlete’s, as evidenced by 3rd. year Drew making noise in AAA. Jonesboro, North Clayton and Lovejoy are all still there in AAAA boy’s, with Jonesboro, and Forest Park girls also still playing. As I said, No Bragging, just reporting the facts.

G-dub

February 28th, 2012
9:51 am

@Sportsnut Clayco has great athlets and they are making noise but Dekalb has overcome just being there they have actually won 3,4 titles in the last 5 years not only in basketball but football too. No Bragging, just reporting the facts.

DT

February 28th, 2012
7:32 pm

Douglas County has a freshman starting at point guard who is nice but what have they done to number 25. I watch him as a 10th grader and in a few summer tournment games and that kid is a baller. If DC big man can carry them the game wednesday nite could be very interesting.