AA basketball blog: Top-seeded boys teams advance

It was another by-the-book night in the first round of the boys tournament. No top seed lost its first round game and only three No 3 seeds advanced to the round of 16. The only minor upsets were East Hall beating Dade County, Early County beating Long County, and Dodge County besting Putnam County.

The only ranked team to lose was No. 7 South Atlanta, which dropped its opener to No. 6 Jordan, 71-65.

Albany tops 100 points

The No. 4-ranked Indians didn’t have any trouble in the first round, a 100-75 victory over Appling County. It was the first time that Albany had scored 100 points in a state playoff game.

Albany (24-2) scored the first 18 points of the game, 10 of them from Tim Pierce, and coach Archie Chatmon’s team wound up posting 34 points in the first quarter. Pierce finished with 23 points and Larry Sanford scored 21; neither all-star played much in the second half.

“Without a doubt, that’s the best team we’ve seen all year,’’ Appling County coach Bryan Weaver told the Albany Herald. “They’re physical, and they are well disciplined. I think they do (have a chance to win it all) any time a team is well-coached like that. I think they are built for the long run.”

Albany hosts Bleckley County in the second round.

Defending champion GAC boys roll

Greater Atlanta Christian scored a workmanlike 64-48 win over Callaway in the first round of the playoffs. Robert Armstrong and Isaiah Wilkins both scored 12, while Delano Spencer and Cole Hobbs each scored 10 points.

GAC (24-5) have won eight straight since losing a showcase game to Butler in Augusta. The Spartans host Jefferson in the second round.

Buford ends Spencer’s Cinderella run

No. 4 Buford got behind early, but roared back to eliminate Spencer 79-60 in the first round. Buford (21-7) was led by T.J. Shipes with 33 points and Isaiah Williams had 14, which including three 3-pointers.

Spencer began the tournament as the longest of the longshots. The Greenwave started the Region 5 tournament as the No. 8 seed. Spencer’s bus got lost on the way to Buford and caused the game to start 30 minutes late.

3 comments Add your comment

Just Me

February 26th, 2012
6:57 pm

1-AA will be a surprise this year…not much hype but good ball playing. THS, Early, and Albany might roll pretty deep. They have been battling with each other all year.

Kman

February 26th, 2012
7:46 pm

Is that all you have to say AJC about the AA blog…..ALBANY,GAC, and BUFORD? The AJC is the largest newspaper in the state of GEORGIA…..and when we look for information about school sports….we look to the AJC, because we all EXPECT better info……and this is all you had to print ? Im very dissappionted not to mention embarrassed! The AA blog goes much deeper than what you have printed! What about all of the other contenders? This is a sad day…..as much as I brag about this newspaper…….I`d like to say to EVERYONE else….I appologize for this lack of info.

hind tit

February 27th, 2012
10:51 am

Have you not heard! The AJC sucks when it comes to reporting high school basketball. If your not a private school or a recruiting school you don’t get very much coverage. And they keep calling me wanting to know why i canceled. That’s the reason the thing is about the size of a small county newspaper. Covers Dixie like the dew my foot more like a sheet with big holes in it.