Vidalia boys basketball players have come close to winning state, but haven’t taken home that grand prize.
Recently, there’ve been the runner-up seasons of 2012 and 1982, and the quarterfinal year of ‘92.
Increasingly, though, it seems this season might bring more.
The Indians (21-1) have caught attention by leading Region 2-AA Division A at 4-0. They’re ranked No. 3, which no doubt has them on everyone’s radar.
A win Friday at Jeff Davis will be their 12th straight since a lone loss to Dodge County, and importantly, ideal propulsion entering the following week’s region tournament for four state playoff berths. After the game against Jeff Davis come subregion ones with Bacon County and Toombs County to conclude the regular season.
A win over Jeff Davis would be Vidalia’s sixth consecutive and further cement it as a favorite in the region tournament. The Indians beat the Yellow Jackets 76-52 on Jan. 4, the second of Vidalia’s 11 straight wins.
The Indians come into the Jeff Davis game with the hot hand. On Tuesday, Vidalia beat Atkinson County 78-43, racing to a 31-7 lead after a quarter and never looking back.
Here are some other boys games to keep an eye on:
– Manchester at Kendrick: The top-ranked Blue Devils, whose 11-game win streak was dashed by Spencer in overtime on Tuesday, look to get back on track Friday, before their Region 5-AA tournament.
– Westminster at Greater Atlanta Christian: A 6-AA win Friday would be the second-ranked Spartans’ ninth straight over the Wildcats.
– Josey at Dublin: The eighth-ranked Irish (18-5), fresh off Tuesday’s 79-72 win over Wilkinson County, look to replicate their 3-AA win against the Eagles four weeks ago, when Jacori Payne scored 30, including seven 3-pointers.