AAAAAA basketball blog: 10@10 discusses Morrow forfeits, region tourneys, more

Here’s my 10@10 for Tuesday. Just some random observations and information about basketball in the highest classification.

1. As reported this morning, Morrow has forfeited two games in what Creswell Foy calls an in-house, self-imposed decision. One of the forfeits was to Region 2 rival Newton. That eliminates Morrow (16-8) from getting the No. 1 seed for the region tournament. The Region 2 boys race is the best one going in Class AAAAAA. It probably will come down to the Rockdale County-Lovejoy game Saturday. That game originally was scheduled for December but was moved to accommodate Lovejoy’s run to the football state finals.

2. Region tournaments begin next week statewide.  In Class AAAAAA, they will be held at Valdosta (Region 1), Luella (2), East Coweta (3), Marietta (4), Roswell (5), Alpharetta (6), Mill Creek (7) and South Gwinnett (8).  AJC.com is planning to post schedules and scores in all 48 regions next week, so stay tuned. That’s 96 boys and girls region tournaments.

3. Are region tournaments more important than ever this season? The GHSA has eliminated the neutral third-round sites that have existed for years in the state tournament. That means third-round games will be played at the home court of the higher-seeded teams. The difference between finishing first and second, or second and third, is more significant than ever. Also note that if two teams that are seeded the same play each other in the quarterfinals, the home team is predetermined on the GHSA’s draw sheet. One example in the boys draw: No. 1-ranked Tift County and No. 2-ranked North Cobb are expected to be in the same quarter of the draw (upper right if you click on the link). If they meet in the quarters, Tift is the home team. No coin flip. Just pack the bus. It’s a 3.5-hour drive.

4. Westlake and North Cobb have clinched berths in the boys state tournament. Westlake’s Region 3 has only six teams, and the top two get byes into the region tournament semifinals. Hughes and Douglas County are tied for second place and hope to get the other bye. North Cobb, which has clinched Region 4, gets a bye into the semifinals. Region 4 has nine teams but elected not to put its regular-season champions at risk of not making the state playoffs.

5. Wheeler and Tift County are close to clinching state-playoff berths. Wheeler would clinch the No. 1 seed tonight (Tuesday) with a victory at Cherokee (15-8, 8-4). The Region 5 regular-season winner gets a first-round bye next week because Region 5 has only seven eligible teams in its tournament. Milton is banned from the post-season.  Tift’s boys will be the No. 1 seed in Region 1 with a victory over Colquitt County on Friday or Valdosta on Saturday. Tift has beaten both both 20 points or more. Region 1 has seven teams, so the No. 1 seed gets a bye.

6. In a story in the Journal-Constitution’s print edition this week, we indicated that Langston Hughes’ girls had won a Region 3 championship. It’s really just a regular-season title, meaning the 4-year-old Hughes would be seeded No. 1 in the Region 3 tournament. Hughes coach Borato Broughton was perhaps concerned that his players would be celebrating a championship when the real title is decided next week. Good point.

7. Tift County’s girls can clinch the No. 1 seed and an automatic state-playoff berth with a victory over Colquitt County on Friday. That could make Saturday’s Tift-Valdosta match fairlyl meaninless. Valdosta won the first meeting between the two on Saturday 48-36, ending Tift’s 15-game winning streak.

8. Girls teams that have clinched No. 1 seeds and berths in the state playoffs are Alcovy (2), Luella (3) and North Cobb (4). Also clinching No. 1 seeds, but needing to win a round in the region tournament to make the state playoffs, are Cherokee (5), Alpharetta (6) and Parkview (8). North Gwinnett and Norcross are tied in Region 7. It’s not that significant since the state-playoff seeds are determined in the region tournament.

9. Speaking of Cherokee’s girls, they clinched on Saturday in a showdown with second-place Woodstock, winning 61-58. It was Cherokee’s 16th straight victory.

10. Check back this afternoon for the computer Maxwell Ratings. We’ll post Loren Maxwell’s mathematical rankings of all 800+ boys and girls teams in the state.

13 comments Add your comment

VChandler

February 5th, 2013
9:43 am

I must say that this has been the most thorough coverage of girls basketball I have seen. Kudos to you AJC. Let’s Go N.Cobb Warriors.

The Grove

February 5th, 2013
10:07 am

I concur VChandler….Thanks AJC for the coverage and please keep it up! Go Hillgrove!!

VChandler

February 5th, 2013
11:12 am

lol @ The Grove. Let’s get ready to make some noise in the state playoffs and rep for Region 4

sportsnut

February 5th, 2013
11:49 am

Good to be on the roundball side for a while. Looks like Region 2 is full of balling teams. Morrow will make it alright. They have talent. This may be like the football season, Region 2 in the final. No one thinks much about them and they get little coverage. Let us not forget that this Clayton County’s better sport. Although Morrow is the only one ranked in AAAAAA, two others are ranked in Jonesboro and Mt. Zion. That is no reason to overlook Drew, Lovejoy or Mundy’s Milll and Riverdale.

We also know not to count out North Clayton. In that, you have all the Clayton schools. All eight could be in the state tournament. Sleep on us.(for another week)

Hubert Green

February 5th, 2013
2:09 pm

@Todd; has there ever been a better national tournament showing than Milton’s last year: Beach Ball Classic Champions: beat Miami Sr by 20; Ballard Ky 11; Bishop Gorman, Nevada 21; Lone Peak, Utah 28; Burger King Champions: beat Niagra Ny by 20; beat four time defending state champion DeWitt by 41. Miller Grove has had some good runs and so did SW Macon, Westover, Tift Co., Wheeler, and Norcross.

BBaller

February 5th, 2013
2:25 pm

Has anyone seen, or have a link to, a schedule for, or a bracket of, the different region tournaments?

GaSports used to have brackets for almost every region…MaxPreps is good for stats, but is crap when it comes to the great things that were so good about GeorgiaSports

South Georgia Coach

February 5th, 2013
4:58 pm

Todd are you sure about Tift and Valdosta girls playing for the Region 1 #1 seed and automatic berth in the state tournament on Saturday? I may be mistaken but Valdosta has 3 region loses and Tift only 1. Unless you’re predicting Tift will drop it’s region game on Friday to Colquitt. If Tift wins on Friday they should clinch that #1 seed.

Todd Holcomb

February 5th, 2013
7:00 pm

BBall – We’ll be publishing all the region schedules by Sunday. If you have one that you want to see, make a request. I probably have it.

Todd Holcomb

February 5th, 2013
7:07 pm

HG – Hard to argue with that. Milton’s national performance was pretty strong. I wonder how their final rankings would’ve been if they’d beaten Tift County. Was that the only loss? My memory fades. … Always thought the ‘11 team was better, but I guess it’s the bottom line that counts.

Todd Holcomb

February 5th, 2013
7:10 pm

SGC – You are correct on Tift-Valdosta. The standings I saw this morning showed Tift w/ a 1-game lead, so I figured a Valdosta lead would give them a tie and the tiebreaker. I’ll amend. Either I was seeing things, or somebody added a Valdosta score this morning.

BBall Mom

February 6th, 2013
9:58 am

I am very proud of the Langston Hughes Lady Panthers 3-AAAAAA !!!! I have to agree on the great coverage of girls high school basketball.

Harold harden

February 6th, 2013
11:48 am

Lovejoy has had a tremendous season and has not been covered veery much by the local county newspaper. They are currently on a seven game winning streak with impressive wins coming over Morrow, Luella,and Rockdale. There are no superstars on this team, but this a group of hard wotking young men led by Michael harden, Deangelo Anthony, AJ Jackson and J Ramos. Just may be one day they will get the coverage that they are due from the county newspaper here in Clayton County.

CSM(R)

February 8th, 2013
10:42 am

Thanks for mentioning the Rockdale vs Lovejoy contest on Saturday. This game is for the number one seed and it is not even mentioned in Clayton County newspaper.