Basketball rankings: Tift regains No. 1 spot in AAAAAA

Rough week for ranked boys teams.

- Six lost in Class AAAAAA, including Nos. 1-2-3-4.

- Five lost in AAAAA, including Nos. 2-3.

- Four lost in AAAA, including Nos. 1-2.

Below are the rankings and notes, but first this week’s schedule of games between ranked teams:


No. 4 Peachtree Ridge at No. 6 North Gwinnett (AAAAAA)

No. 4 Bleckley County at No. 10 Taylor County (AA)


No. 2 Mays at No. 1 Miller Grove (AAAAA)

No. 4 Peachtree Ridge at No. 5 Norcross (AAAAAA)

No. 7 Laney at No. 5 Westside (AA)

No. 7 Seminole County at No. 4 Mitchell County (A)


1. Tift County (16-4)

2. North Cobb (17-4)

3. Shiloh (14-5)

4. Peachtree Ridge (15-6)

5. Norcross (14-6)

6. North Gwinnett (16-5)

7. Archer (17-4)

8. Hillgrove (18-3)

9. Wheeler (12-6)

10. Westlake (17-4)

Notes: The top four teams from the Jan. 20 rankings were beaten last week, two of them twice. Previous No. 1 North Cobb lost to Carver of Montgomery (defending Class 6A champion in Alabama). North Cobb star guard Saxon Steele is out for the year with an ACL injury. Previous No. 2 Shiloh was upset by Brookwood and lost to Monteverde Academy, a top-10 team nationally. Previous No. 3 Wheeler lost to Roswell and Christ School, a top-20 team in North Carolina that Wheeler had beaten earlier in the season.  Previous No. 4 Tift County lost to St. Anthony of New Jersey, a top-10 team nationally. …  Shiloh won two of three games in the Monteverde Invitational and beat St. Frances of Baltimore 65-64 on a 3-point shot at the buzzer by Nate Mason. St. Frances is rated the No. 2 team overall in Maryland by MaxPreps. … No. 4 Peachtree Ridge plays at No. 6 North Gwinnett on Tuesday and at No. 5 Norcross on Friday. … Norcross beat DeMatha (No. 4 overall team in Maryland) 68-67 in the Hilton Invitational on Saturday after leading by 16 points entering the fourth quarter. Brandon Goodwin scored 21 points. Norcross also beat No. 6 North Gwinnett 56-47 last week. … No. 8 Hillgrove had a nice win Saturday over Allatoona (No. 3 in AAAAA) 64-56. … Previous No. 10 Valdosta (15-5) dropped out of the rankings after losing to Lowndes 64-60 on Saturday. … Newly ranked is No. 10 Westlake, which has won seven straight since losing Jan. 8 to Douglas County. Westlake beat Douglas County 109-91 on Friday.


1. Miller Grove (19-3)

2. Mays (15-4)

3. Allatoona (17-5)

4. Effingham County (16-4)

5. Lithia Springs (18-4)

6. Tucker (12-7)

7. Sequoyah (17-4)

8. McIntosh (15-5)

9. Mount Zion-Jonesboro (16-5)

10. Bainbridge (14-4)

Notes: Five of the previous week’s Top 10 teams lost last week, not including No. 9 Mount Zion, which lost the previous week to Drew without notice because the score was reported late. … Meanwhile, No. 1 Miller Grove beat Memphis East 104-56 in the Hilton Invitational on Saturday at Norcross. Kyre Hamer scored 40 points. … No. 2 Mays, Miller Grove’s Region 6 rival, jumped two spots. The Maxwell Ratings place five Region 6 teams in the Top 10. Tucker, Stephenson and North Atlanta are the other three. … Previous No. 2 Effingham County lost to Jenkins 53-49 on Tuesday and fell to No. 4. … Previous No. 3 Allatoona lost to Hillgrove (No. 8 in AAAAAA) 64-56 on Saturday but remained No. 3. … Previous No. 5 Sequoyah lost to Creekview 58-49 on Tuesday and fell to No. 7. … Previous No. 6 Tucker lost to Stephenson on Tuesday but stayed put. … Previous No. 10 Northside of Columbus lost to Harris County 63-57 on Tuesday and fell from the rankings. … Newly ranked is No. 10 Bainbridge, which has won 12 of its last 13. Bainbridge plays Northside at home on Friday.

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (19-2)

2. Marist (14-2)

3. Eagle’s Landing (16-5)

4. Glenn Hills (19-1)

5. Monroe (18-2)

6. Jonesboro (17-4)

7. Grady (15-5)

8. South Atlanta (16-4)

9. Statesboro (18-3)

10. Westover (15-5)

Notes: No. 1 Columbia, the team many feel is Georgia’s best in any classification (and ranked No. 17 nationally by MaxPreps), lost to No. 10 (now No. 7) South Atlanta 73-65. … Previous No. 2 Glenn Hills lost its first game of the season Tuesday, falling to Butler 79-68, and dropped to No. 4. … Let’s get back to Region 6 (Columbia, South Atlanta, etc.) for a minute. On Tuesday, new No. 2 Marist beat South Atlanta 57-52. Marist lost to Columbia 46-45 on Jan. 12, which justifies three-time reigning champ Columbia’s retention of the No. 1 ranking. Columbia also beat No. 7 Grady 70-53 on Tuesday. Remember that Grady beat South Atlanta the previous week and leads its subregion. … There are no games between ranked AAAA teams this week, although will be at North Clayton on Tuesday to cover Jonesboro’s visit.

Class AAA

1. Cartersville (21-0)

2. Buford (16-5)

3. Johnson-Savannah (13-5)

4. Savannah (15-3)

5. Morgan County (17-5)

6. North Hall (19-2)

7. Cedar Grove (17-3)

8. Thomson (14-4)

9. Washington County (17-4)

10. Dawson County (18-2)

Notes: Previous No. 2 Morgan County lost to Elbert County 68-64 on Saturday and fell to No. 5. … Previous No. 5 Johnson (now No. 3) beat previous No. 3 (now No. 4) Savannah 54-48 on Saturday to avenge a December loss. Tim Quarterman, the LSU-bound guard who missed the first Savannah-Johnson game, scored 23 points, according to the Savannah Morning News. … Previous No. 7 Thomson lost to Dodge County 62-57 on Friday and dropped a spot. … No. 6 North Hall beat East Hall 88-83 after trailing by 16 points with 6:55 left Tuesday. See the Gainesville Times story on that one. East Hall travels to No. 10 Dawson County on Monday in a game postponed from Friday because of weather. … No. 9 Washington County had a nice win Tuesday over Northside-Warner Robins, which probably would’ve cracked the AAAAA Top 10 had it not lost. The computer Maxwell Ratings rank Waco No. 2 and Thomson No. 5 in all of AAA. Buford is No. 1. Maxwell claims that Waco’s average opponent is 19 points better than Cartersville’s.

Class AA

1. Manchester (18-2)

2. Greater Atlanta Christian (19-3)

3. Vidalia (20-1)

4. Bleckley County (19-2)

5. Westside-Augusta (13-3) Greenbrier SAT

6. Jordan (12-4)

7. Laney (14-5)

8. Dublin (17-5)

9. Pelham (13-6)

10. Taylor County (14-6)

Notes: No. 4 Bleckley County edged Macon County 55-53 in overtime Saturday. … Previous No. 9 Josey was the only ranked AA team to lose last week when the Eagles fell to Laney 67-55. … No. 10 Taylor County, which beat a pretty good Northeast Macon team 83-70 on Saturday, took Josey’s place and will best tested Tuesday in a home game vs. No. 4 Bleckley County. … No. 8 Dublin plays Wilkinson County (No. 6 in A) on Tuesday and Josey on Saturday. … No. 7 Laney plays at No. 5 Westside on Saturday. … Didn’t get Saturday’s Pelham-Mitchell County result by deadline.

Class A

1. North Cobb Christian (18-2)

2. W.D. Mohammed (19-1)

3. Athens Christian (15-2)

4. Wilkinson County (18-1)

5. Mitchell County (16-3)

6. Greenforest Christian (16-4)

7. Seminole County (14-3)

8. Turner County (14-4)

9. Aquinas (14-6)

10. Wilcox County (16-3)

Notes: No. 2 Athens Christian lost to No. 4 Glenn Hills of AAAA 60-56 on Saturday. … Previous No. 5 W.D. Mohammed beat previous No. 3 Greenforest Christian 43-42 on Tuesday on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer. … No. 4 Wilkinson County plays at No. 8 Dublin of AA on Tuesday. … No. 9 Aquinas lost to No. 7 Laney of AA 62-60 on Monday. … Excel Christian remains unranked despite a 20-1 record and 64-62 overtime victory over AAA St. Pius on Saturday. Rudy Winters scored 34 points and made a shot at the buzzer to win. … Didn’t get Saturday’s Pelham-Mitchell County result by deadline.

51 comments Add your comment

George White

January 27th, 2013
7:44 pm

In response to MaxPrep about Cartersville. I feel that they are penalizing Cartersville for MaxPrep’s mistake last week. MaxPrep had Cartersville loosing to Ringgold by mistake and dropped the Canes over 20 places in the state ranking and over 300 places in the national poll. They dropped to 10th in the AAA ranking. They are still below where they were two weeks ago.

Todd Holcomb

January 27th, 2013
8:16 pm

George – I’ll check that out. Be aware that the rankings that I referenced weren’t MaxPreps’, but the Maxwell Ratings, done by Loren Maxwell. I’ll check to see if Loren has the correct scores. On Tuesday, I’ll publish Loren’s rankings. They’re interesting.

Benjamin E. Mays Raider

January 27th, 2013
8:21 pm

The Raiders face Miller Grove on Friday.
Feb 01 Fri 7:00 PM Miller Grove (6B-AAAAA)* Away

Left Coast Dawg

January 27th, 2013
9:23 pm

That just means MG will take care of business sooner then.

Hubert Green

January 27th, 2013
9:32 pm

Six classifications has watered down the state rankings. Back when there were only four you had true state champions, not this watered down version. If Manchester in AA is better than GAC which destroyed MLK Saturday, then they must be really good.


January 27th, 2013
9:37 pm

Is there a team in Allatoona’s sub region that has a winning record (nice to pad the record with 10 wins against five poor schools ? On first thought, only Lithia and South Paulding come to mind as only other teams in the entire region with winning records. #3 ranked school, don’t think so.


January 27th, 2013
9:41 pm

The Norcross/Peachtree Ridge game is Friday as well.

Todd Holcomb

January 27th, 2013
10:17 pm

Yep, Friday for those games. Thanks for the fix. It’s corrected.

re: GAC – I’d probably pick GAC to win Class AA at this point, but Manchester beat GAC in the semis last season. So Manchester got the early #1 ranking based on that and hasn’t lost since.

JLH...speaks out

January 27th, 2013
10:39 pm


January 27th, 2013
10:42 pm

Has there been a better OVERALL high school sports program in the State of Georgia, oh say for the past 40 years or so…than Marist?

I did not think so!


January 27th, 2013
10:58 pm

MARIST, the best team money can buy.

John Koon

January 27th, 2013
10:58 pm

Todd, Manchester beat GAC in the Qtrs…they beat Vidalia in the semi’s last year


January 27th, 2013
11:40 pm

notsofast, “Is there a team in Allatoona’s sub region that has a winning record (nice to pad the record with 10 wins against five poor schools ? On first thought, only Lithia and South Paulding come to mind as only other teams in the entire region with winning records. #3 ranked school, don’t think so.”

Allatoona has beaten everyone on both sides of the region including the top 10 ranked Lithia Springs. That includes all the other teams on the other side who all have winning records. We’ve also played 4 top 10 schools. Lost in OT to Glenn Hills, lost twice in touch matchups with Hilgrove, beat Bishop Verot outta Florida who has a high major D-I center. Played toe to toe with Riverview out of Florida and led for a majority of the game and they were an Elite 8 team last year though I don’t know if they’re currently ranked.

All we can do is beat who they put in front of us and we’ve done that 17 times. More than what most people can say.

Unless you’ve seen Allatoona play, I don’t know how you’re qualified to say the bucs aren’t a pretty good team. Recent history would suggest we find ways to be successful during the regular season and post season.


January 27th, 2013
11:42 pm

Mr. Spider…keep dreaming (or should I say, keep having nightmares of Marist winning!)

We do not need to spend money in that matter…after so many years of success, the good athletes (and students, by the way) just keep knocking on our door. Some get in and many do not. However, the ones that did not get into Marist, for whatever reason, most have done very nicely with other schools, public and private. With great success in the classroom and on the field, Marist has always had a very long list of worthy applicants however, only so many spots can be filled. Sure hope that your son or daughter does well wherever they end up :)

Envy is one of the seven cardinal sins and you should really try to avoid it…


January 28th, 2013
8:45 am

Tift County back at #1? I don’t see it. They won’t even win the region with the bunch of prima donnas the Doc has running around. Besides, they’ll probably have to forfeit games after the GHSA gets them on the recruiting investigation.

Tift County

January 28th, 2013
9:10 am

Smug, don’t forget this is America, and you are innocent until proven guilty. There is no point spewing your venegence on Tift County until all the facts are out. It is obvious your not a Tift County Fan so spend more time praising your on team. They miss you.

Todd Holcomb

January 28th, 2013
9:26 am

”Tift County back at #1? I don’t see it.”

It’s hard to settle on any team at No. 1 because there’s so much balance and depth this season. I don’t think there’s a team this season close to some of the Milton/Norcross/Wheeler c’ship teams of recent years. I don’t think it’s a down year, just a year where the talent is spread around.


January 28th, 2013
9:29 am

Columbia #1.?? Any knowledgeable , unbiased fan who saw the game against Marist would have to say on the day Marist was clearly the better team and should have won by a dozen points or more, they were up by 13 in the 4th. But you have to give it to Columbia, with a lot of luck, a bad call or two, 3 missed front ends of one and one’s and bad decision making by Marist, Columbia did win the game.


January 28th, 2013
9:42 am

Jeez people, it’s freakin’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL! Let the kids play and have fun and quit treating it like it’s the stinkin’ NBA playoffs. I swear youth basketball would be 1000 times better if they banned the parents from contact with the teams…


January 28th, 2013
9:43 am

I would agree with the exception on Tift Co. and Eagles Landing the talent is more spread out, but there is without question with the addition of another classification that basketball has been watered down in Ga. It has really hurt Ga. basketball overall.


January 28th, 2013
10:37 am

The problem with Georgia basketball this year is… the 2013 class is not that strong in Georgia.. especially compared to the recent years..

ronnie turner

January 28th, 2013
11:10 am

vidalia indians boys team is the best aa team in the state i think vidalia will will the aa state title


January 28th, 2013
11:20 am

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W.D. Fan

January 28th, 2013
11:33 am

I guess I was right about W.D. contending for the state title this year. lol
We’re now #2 in the state, and have the best record in A ball with Excel. Also we haven’t lost to A school. We beat the grown men from Greenforrest. It’s a shame GHSA isn’t doing anything about grown men coming in as freshman and playing. I know what 15 and 16 year old boys look like. These boys(men) have a developed game, and they’re stronger than any of the boys in Class basketball. Plus they haven’t grown 1 inch since they’ve arrived at Greenforrest. Wonder where all the Greenforrest fans are at, maybe since none of their kids play on the team they’re not showing up to support the team.


January 28th, 2013
11:41 am

We’re working very hard at W.D. our team is home grown. No All-Star AAU players put together on one high school team. It goes to show if you put in hard days work you can win. Everyone now wants to win the easy way. We have schools like Holy Innocents trying to get some of our 8th grade players now offering them scholarship to attend their school next year.

Jay jay moon

January 28th, 2013
11:46 am

Why Elbert co . Blue devils aint in the 10 Ranking in 3A they just BEAT Morgan co. and Lead the whole Game! I pick the Blue Devils to WIN 3A

Alexander fan

January 28th, 2013
12:13 pm

I agree with notsofast. . Alexander high school in Douglasville beat Allatoona and Lithia Spring this year. They are not ranked at this moment, because they are playing in a tough region with good teams. Watch out for those Cougars of DOUGLASVILLE.


January 28th, 2013
1:30 pm

@WDFAN: WD is really good this year…that Greenforest win was a great win. I really wish GHSA would look into Greenforest like they do all the other private schools. With less than 100 students in their entire high school there is just NO WAY that they can have so many guys that big. There are seems to be certain types of schools that the GHSA never look into…That being said, WD is not the only Class A team that hasnt lost to another Class A team. North Cobb Christian and Athens Christian are both in that category. ACS lost to AAAA Glenn Hills (#2) by 4 the other night and they were without the possible Class A player of the year Will Jackson (averaging 30 a game)

Rocket Field blues

January 28th, 2013
2:08 pm

I still cant believe the colts beat us every year!

Bill "Vegetable Soup" Taylor

January 28th, 2013
3:17 pm

The colts relentless and decisive domination drove the rockets into eventual extinction – Long live CYA.


January 28th, 2013
3:27 pm

Horrible game for Valdosta but shout out to Rashad Lewis on the 3/4 court, 65 foot shot that was nothin but net as the buzzer rang to end the third though.

W.D. Fan

January 28th, 2013
4:51 pm

@abball yeah I know they haven’t lost to an A school but they have lost twice. We should be number 1 since we only have 1 defeat. We can’t complain because NCC has been number 1 all year.
Can’t wait to see the power rankings tomorrow. That was a great win to do that without Will Jackson. He is an awesome player. Muhammed Hamilton should be the player of the year. Leading W.D. to #2 in the state from a team that began the season unranked.


January 28th, 2013
4:52 pm

Portion of an Article about David Jones and Greenforest: My thoughts in parenthesis….
What many people didn’t realize is that they had one of the state’s best kept secrets practicing with the team all last year in 6′9 post player Tosin Mehinti (in other words…inelligable last year) who has signed with UAB. Mehinti is a presence inside that few players can match up with at any class, let alone the single A level. Jones feels the overall team is very strong. “I think I have the deepest team I’ve had in a long time. About eight to nine deep. (an entire AAU team’s worth) He says, “In addition to returners, Faisal Abdulamlik and Justin Ravenel, both sophomores who started as freshmen, Greenforest has added (recruited) a few more impact players. Point guard Rashad Swain transferred (was recruited) in from East Coweta HS. Mmony Celestine, one of SEVERAL African move-ins (recruits not paying tuition) on the team, will provide depth at the wing.

W.D. Fan

January 28th, 2013
7:46 pm

@abball what you don’t realize is that they’re older than 18.

BBall Fan

January 28th, 2013
9:10 pm

WD Fan

From GHSA bylaws: “To be eligible to participate in interscholastic activities, a student must not have reached his 19th birthday prior to May 1st, preceding his year of participation.”

If they turned 19 after April 30 2012 they can play. Not much would surprise me but to break this rule would be really dumb of any school. The GHSA would come down very hard on a school if they discovered this type of violation.


January 28th, 2013
9:16 pm

@Wdfan – Just love on your team, sir. Don’t worry about throwing trash at other teams. If Greenforrest is cheating and you beat them than that says more about your team than anything else.

However, I have to disagree. I realize that rankings are meaningless and are only there so that fans can argue about them (except these awful new power rankings), but no ranking system ever conceived by any member of the media looks solely at the record of the teams. I don’t think anyone who has seen NCCS play would drop them for losing to Hillgrove (top 10 AAAAAA) and a top10 overall team from South Carolina (according to Maxpreps). Both games were within 5. WD also lost to Hillgrove by almost 20. Both teams played Jackson but NCCS won by 40 and WD won by 4. That might have something to do with the (ultimately useless) rankings.

In the end NCCS and ACS and WD would trade there top 10 rankings for cutting down the nets in Macon on March 7th. I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

W.D. Fan

January 28th, 2013
11:24 pm

Power ranking are very important because the higher ranked get to host home playoff games. Yeah W.D. beat Greenforrest but what about the other schools. After the loss to W D they beat AIS 110 – 28. Why run a score up that much. No class. I heard now they’re trying to add another 6′10 guy for the playoffs.


January 29th, 2013
12:13 am

Wheeler took their first (as a full team) good lost this week. hopefully to build their championship chemistry rather now than later. Some Minor adjustments should get them back in discussion as #1 team GA. Let’s see


January 29th, 2013
12:37 am

Basketball is very down in GA…easy to win in the end

Mr Peoples

January 29th, 2013
2:56 am

Mitchell County beat Pelham on Saturday

Just sayin

January 29th, 2013
7:53 am

Yes Marist has good sports programs because their players don’t always pay full boat as most students. note I did not say all. Your one forward is from Lakeside hs and the other you plucked out of the Pius program. Giving him lower cost than the Pius offer. (transportation included) Show me why you are different that Milton bb? The position on the high horse doesn’t work anymore. War Eagle from Marist is a more realist and respected blogger than you. And since you may or may not know it before you throw the 1st stone…read… We all know Marist and they have very good sports programs classy too. I guess you didn’t go there.


January 29th, 2013
10:13 am

@bballfan: Half of Greenforest’s team is from Africa…not too hard too make up an age when coming from another country.


January 29th, 2013
3:12 pm

Power rankings does not determine if you play at home or on the road. You could be 5-5 in your region, but if you are in first place of your region you get the first seed in the region and if you win out you get to play at home.


January 29th, 2013
3:16 pm

Power rankings does not determine if you play at home. You could be 5-5 in the region and if it’s the best record you get the no. 1 seed during the region tournament. The top 2 winners get to host a state game at home. So power rankings mean nothing if you lose in your regional tournament, lose round one and you will end up on the road.


January 29th, 2013
4:33 pm

@rmbuck: thats not true. Only the region tourney champs get ranked before everyone else. How you did in your region during the year is irrelevant. And in the private school division only 5 private schools have a legitimate shot at winning their region. So that means teams ranked #6, #7, and #8 will all be teams that DID NOT win their region tourney, but they WILL get to play at home the first game because they will be the higher seed


January 30th, 2013
9:45 am

@athensball. You are so right. All these teams get in according to where they finish in their region, physically. They play at home as the higher seed. Power rankings (or RPI) and rank have nothing to do of who gets the @ home game.


January 30th, 2013
10:11 am

@rmbuck: you obviously dont know that the rules have changed this year. the top 4 in the region tourney dont make it to state anymore. GHSA power rankings decide who gets in. Half of the regions wont even be in the tournament this year

Alexander the Great

January 30th, 2013
1:55 pm

@ BucNation, do you remember that Alexander beat Alaatoona in there gym at there Christmas tournament!


January 30th, 2013
5:13 pm

To notsofast, Alexander fan, and Alexander the Great. 1st, Alexander should be ranked. They are a good team that is well coached, but they also lost to Lithia Springs. Yep, split with them. Anyone that thinks Allatoona isn’t a legit team in AAAAA doesn’t know basketball. They have the #1 defense in AAAAA 44ppg (! As for their region, everyone on sub region B side has a better than .500 record, everyone. As for sub region A, Paulding County is 15-7 and has a top 5 defense in AAAAA and top 15 in the entire state regardless of class per! Facts are facts and can not be disputed; kind of like DNA!


January 30th, 2013
5:14 pm

Paulding County only gives up 46ppg….