Class AAAA: Tense race among 7A-AAAA boys

The Gilmer boys have the pretty overall record, but the Region 7-AAAA Division A race could get ugly down the stretch. The Bobcats (18-3, 3-1 in sub-region play), have games left against eveyrone in the sub-region. Their one sub-region loss was against Cass, whom they play Feb. 7. Before that, though, they face River Ridge (whom they beat 59-54 in the first meeting, and with whom the Bobcats are tied for first place in the sub-region) and Pickens (against whom the Bobcats also won 59-54 in the first meeting).

Two games separate the top four teams in the sub-region standings, though River Ridge, Cass and Pickens will all finish the regular season with losing records.

Top seed in sight: Mary Persons girls (16-2, 9-1) can clinch the top spot in 2-AAAA with wins this week over Howard and Baldwin, and as a bonus they can avenge one of their two losses by beating Howard, which took a 48-47 win over the Lady Bulldogs back on Dec. 14. They’ve also squared their other loss with a 54-35 win Friday night over Rutland.

Another chance to get even: LaGrange visits Alexander tonight in what will be a separation game in Region 5-AAAA. The Grangers (14-5, 5-3 region) lost to Alexander (15-5, 6-3) by a 49-48 score on Jan. 11. The winner maintains a chance at the top seed in the 5-AAAA tournament while the loser falls into a dogfight for fourth.

Super soph: The state’s last undefeated boys team, Glenn Hills, suffered its first loss last week, falling 79-68 to Butler in an Augusta-area showdown. The game served as an arrival moment for Butler sophomore Deontaye Coleman, who scored 35 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Bulldogs. According to statistics on Maxpreps.com, it was the second 30-point game for Coleman, who has two other games with 29-points and has scored at least 10 points in every game.

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