Six of the Top 10 boys teams in AAAAAA lost to unranked teams last week.
This week, it’s happened only once, but it’s early.
On Tuesday, Alcovy (6-11) beat first-place Luella (13-5) in a Region 2 game 60-51. But Luella wasn’t ranked, so that one count. Just thought you’d want to know.
The real one was Lassiter’s 67-51 win over No. 9 Roswell. Lassiter is 4-13. Roswell is 11-6. is Lassiter (4-13).
‘’Inexplicable the egg we laid on Tuesday night,’’ Roswell coach Ty Phillips said in an e-mail on Thursday. “Lassiter has some key pieces back and is much better than their record, so they get tons of credit for playing harder than us. At least now the distraction of being ranked won’t be a problem.’’
Maybe the rankings could be a little better, but it sure seems like there’s some nice parity this season. No mega teams that we’ve seen from Milton, Wheeler or Norcross this year.
A few more observations in Class AAAAAA –
- North Gwinnett’s girls are pretty good. They’re 16-0 with national rankings, but more important was the team’s 64-49 victory over No. 2 Norcross on Tuesday. Norcross won state titles in 2010 and 2011, has the state’s top player in Naismith Award finalist Diamond DeShields and had beaten North Gwinnett four straight times. Baylee Rexing, one of six Division I recruits on North Gwinnett’s roster, had a big night, scoring 16 points – matching DeShields’ total. A 5-2 junior, Rexing has committed to Ole Miss. North Gwinnett seniors Lexie Brown (signed with Maryland) and Peyton Whitted (Penn State) are ranked among the top 60 seniors nationally by ESPN. Norcross comes to North Gwinnett on Wednesday for a rematch.
- Parkview’s girls aren’t bad, either. Check out this quick story on them posted on Thursday. This is a team that’s won 51 straight regular-season games but won’t get full respect until it goes a little further in the state playoffs. Parkview was knocked out by Norcross last season. This year, Parkview would face Norcross in the second round if Parkview is No. 1 and Norcross is No. 2 out of their regions. That’s where they sit at the moment.
- Powder Springs is a good place to watch basketball Friday with four ranked teams on the docket. North Cobb (No. 2 boys, No. 7 girls) are playing at Hillgrove (No. 7 boys, No. 8 girls). Both of North Cobb’s teams and Hillgrove’s girls made the state quarterfinals or better last season. The AJC’s Chip Saye will be there, while David Purdum covers the Chattahoochee-Alpharetta boys game. Note that AJC.com covers at least four games every Tuesday and Friday this season.
- Brannen Greene of No. 1 Tift County scored 37 points in Tift’s 87-77 victory over Westover, the No. 8 team in AAAA, on Tuesday.. The Albany Herald reported that Greene made six 3-point shots and five dunks. Westover’s T.J. Cromer, a former Tift player, scored 30 for Westover. ‘’I don’t foresee many close games in the future,’’ Greene told the newspaper, ‘’so having a close game will help us.’’