AAAAAA basketball blog: Archer takes lead in Region 8 … Lipscomb wins #500 … Hillgrove beats McEachern in title rematch

- Archer’s boys are 9-1 and leading Region 8 with a 6-0 record. Key win was a 67-61 victory over Berkmar in overtime last week. Archer was 18-8 last season but was upset and eliminated by Central Gwinnett in the region tournament, which Berkmar won. Archer is led by point guard Randall Smith and shooting guard Bryan Hamlet, both four-year starters. Wing Nafis Floyd and forward Kelvin Nwanze also have been on varsity for four seasons, and 6-8 forward Aubrey Overby is a three-year varsity player and top rebounder. Smith, who has signed with Jacksonville State,  scored 24 points and had eight assists and four steals in the victory over Berkmar. Smith and Hamlet are averaging 18 points per game. Archer’s only loss was against Miller Grove 72-70 on a last-season tip-in at the Nike Invitational at Wheeler.

- Wheeler’s Doug Lipscomb got his 500th victory as a coach last week in an 80-67 win over Etowah. What’s more amazing is that he did it in 22 seasons, during which he has won state titles in 1994, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2009. Wheeler is playing this weekend in the Chik-fil-A Classic, a 16-team showcase tournament in Columbia, S.C. Shiloh also will be in Columbia as part of the Carolina Challenge Showcase. Some of the games will be streamed live.

- Alcovy’s boys upset Westlake 64-62 last week. Alcovy was 27-4 last season in Class AAAA, but already has four losses this year in a bit of a rebuilding season. Bradley-committed forward transferred to a prep school in North Carolina in the off season, but 6-6 small forward Justin Wallace, also a Division I prospect, remains. Alcovy is playing three games this weekend in a tournament in Charleston, S.C.

- North Cobb and Berkmar are playing Saturday in the sixth annual SEBA Atlanta Hoop Festival at Pope. Both won region titles and made the state quarterfinals last season. North Cobb is 8-1. Berkmar is 6-3. Other games at Pope are Chamblee vs. Kell (3 p.m.), Lovett vs. Blessed Trinity (4:30 p.m.) and Harrison vs. Pope (6 p.m.)

- Hillgrove’s girls beat McEachern last week in a state title rematch 42-41. Hillgrove trailed by seven points with less than four minutes left but scored eight straight points, and Jaya Smith scored on a layup for the winning in the final seconds. Hillgrove is 8-1 overall, 5-1 in Region 4. North Cobb (9-0, 6-0) is the team to beat in that region. McEachern has four losses in region play. North Cobb, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Parkview have been the top girls teams so far. All are undefeated against Georgia teams.

3 comments Add your comment

Marietta fan

December 18th, 2012
12:21 pm

North Cobb did not impress me last night. We lead the whole game and imploded, thanks to NC stepping up their defense. I do think Neff could be a great player, but last night he was only good for a few dunks and air balling jump shots

George White

December 19th, 2012
11:09 am

Cartersville Boys are now 7-0 and are wining by an average of 37 points per game.
New coach is making a real difference. Coach’s son is also pretty good.


December 20th, 2012
10:06 pm

When will AJC being putting out a new rankings? Because im tired of looking at the computers having us behind peachtree ridge when we beat them by 20 and behind Hillgrove when we beat them by 12. Im confused as to how the computer came up with those rankings. North Cobb has had some rough games to start the season but thats just from trying to figure out their roles with so many scorers on the team. When NC comes to play they have showed they are a team that has a shot at a state title once they get everything smoothed out. If they beat Berkmar that will be 3 teams in the top 10 according to the maxpreps pole that they have beaten.