There figure to be fireworks in final week of the basketball regular season, particularly in Region 5-AAAA, where three boys teams are within a game of each other in the region standings.
First-place Shaw is 16-6 overall and 10-2 in region play, but the top seed is anything but assured. The Raiders have to visit third-place Fayette County (12-8, 8-3) tonight.
While Shaw has won 10 of 11, Fayette still has a chance to grab the top spot heading into next week’s region tournament, with games against both Shaw and second-place Alexander this week.
“We’re playing pretty well,” said Fayette coach Andre Flynn, who has a pair of 17-point scorers in C.J. Johnson and Dante Sterling. “It was a brand-new team. We only had one returning starter and just one senior that plays a lot. We’re scrapping and clawing. It’s a challenge, but I’m pleased with my team.”
Home-court wrap-up: The Eagle’s Landing boys close out their home schedule tonight against Woodland-Stockbridge in the final home game for what has to be considered the best senior class of players in school history. The Golden Eagles are 19-5 overall and have won 10 straight. They’ve gone 15-1 against teams from Georgia (the lone loss was to Tift County, the top-ranked team in AAAAAA). The Eagles have maintained balanced scoring all season. Isaiah Dennis is averaging 15 ppg, while Trevin Joseph averages 14, Eric Wortham 12 and Desmond Ringer 11. A fifth Eagle’s Landing player, Chris Davenport, averages 9. Eagle’s Landing has topped 100 points in three of its past five games.
Game of the night: No. 1 Columbia (20-2) at No. 2 Marist (18-2). Columbia won the first meeting 46-45. Marist’s two losses are by a combined three points.
A chance at revenge: Like Marist, Gilmer has a chance to avenge an earlier region loss when the Bobcats play host to Cass Thursday. Cass beat Gilmer 54-51 in Cartersville on Jan. 8.