No one has touched the Buford boys since the holidays, but the No. 2-ranked Wolves aren’t in the clear just yet in Region 7-AAA.
Coach Allen Whitehart’s team faces a big challenge tonight in Buford against No. 7 North Hall. Buford (18-5) has won 14 straight since losing in the second round of a tournament and is undefeated in the league. One of those wins was a 52-45 victory over North Hall on Jan. 15.
North Hall (22-2) has won eight straight since its loss to Buford. The Trojans other setback came against Lakeview Academy on Dec. 4.
The game features two outstanding guards: Buford’s A.J. Davis and North Hall’s Ebo Smith.
Here’s a look at the boys races in other regions going into the final weekend:
Region 1: Looks like the regular season will end up with No. 3 Johnson and No 4 Savannah sharing the title. The two powers have lost only one region game – that to each other. They will be a handful for anyone in the playoffs.
Region 2: Henry County and Central Macon will win their respective subregions. Each team has lost two league games and have split with each other.
Region 3: No. 6 Washington County won the regular-season title at 7-1. The Golden Hawks lost only to Thomson, but avenged that setback two weeks later with a 12-point win.
Region 4: Callaway will finish first if the Cavs can defeat B.E.S.T. Academy on Friday night. Douglass has bounced back from a 3-8 start to finish second, one game behind Callaway. The two teams split during the regular season.
Region 5: No. 1 Cartersville (23-0) has two more games before it can conclude an undefeated regular season. The Purple Hurricanes travel to North Murray, the best team in the other subregion, and play Gordon Central on Monday in a makeup. Gordon Central is 14-8 overall, but is just one game behind Cartersville in the subregion and could tie for first place with a win.
Region 6: Barring a huge upset by McNair, Woodward Academy will win the regular season. The No. 8 War Eagles have won nine in a row since losing back-to-back games against St. Pius and Landmark Christian. Cedar Grove and St. Pius will finish two-three in the league.
Region 8: Franklin County is currently in third place in the league, but the Lions could have a major impact on the tournament seeds. Franklin ends the year with games on Friday night against No. 5 Morgan County and on Saturday against Elbert County.
Morgan is currently in first place with one league loss, while Elbert County is in second place with two region losses. Franklin has lost three league play, but defeated Elbert in December and lost to Morgan County.
Report: Buford girls, Davis part ways
The Gwinnett Daily Post reported that Kaela Davis, who has signed with Georgia Tech, is no longer a member of the Buford basketball team and will not be with the team for the playoffs.
Davis, a 6-foot-2 guard, has not played for Buford since its 44-40 loss to Wesleyan on Jan. 26. She has missed the last three games, all Buford wins. School offiicials would not comment on the reasons, the Post reported.