No. 1 Miller Grove-No. 5 Tucker headlines power-filled region semifinals Friday

Most region tournaments are in the semifinals tonight (Friday), and the most high-powered of those will take place at Mays (Region 6-AAAAAA) and South Atlanta (6-AAAAA).

In 6-AAAAA, No. 1-ranked Miller Grove plays No. 5 Tucker in a boys game while No. 4 Mays plays No. 10 Stephenson in the other semifinal. In the girls draw, No. 2 Stephenson plays No. 3 Miller Grove

In 6-AAAA, the boys semis have No. 2 Marist playing No. 5 South Atlanta with the winner seeded to meet No. 1 Columbia in the championship game on Saturday. But Columbia first must get by Grady, which has been in and out of the state Top 10 this season.

In the girls semifinals in 6-AAAA, No. 1-ranked Columbia plays No. 7 Marist. Second-ranked Redan meets unranked Grady.

Another big game tonight takes place in Savannah, where No. 2-ranked Johnson faces No. 3 Savannah for the Region 1-AAA title. The region finals have been moved to Savannah State to accommodate the crowd. Johnson’s gym, original site of the tournament, holds only 1,500, but a crowd of 4,000 attended the last Johnson vs. Savannah boys game this season. The two teams have split their previous meetings.

Only three ranked teams have failed to make the state playoffs from their region tournaments. They are North Gwinnett’s boys (AAAAAA), Mount Zion’s boys (AAAAA) and Creekview’s girls (AAAAA).

Westlake’s boys, ranked No. 6 in AAAAAA, were upset by Tri-Cities 55-53 on Thursday on a shot in the final seconds. But Westlake will make the state playoffs as a No. 3 or No. 4 seed.

A few regions are already in the finals tonight (Friday). In 4-AAAAA, fourth-ranked McIntosh plays 10th-ranked Forest Park in the girls final at Ola.

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Region 6 AAAAA

February 15th, 2013
11:38 am

Region 6 AAAAA – Please don’t forget #1 Tucker Girls vs #9 SW Dekalb. This region is so tough that the State Champion is in this Region hands down.

4th Ward

February 15th, 2013
1:49 pm

grady over columbia tonight

Eagles for Life

February 15th, 2013
2:17 pm

@ 4th Ward, wishful thinking

Andre Elam

February 15th, 2013
2:18 pm

Todd the final score to the Westlake-Tri-Cities game was actually 73-71. I knew the game was going to be difficult for Westlake to win 3 times in a row against this team. For the world of me I don’t know why their record is poorish, but they have a very solid team. PG is a beast with amazing handles, passing skills and a tough leader (like Isiah Thomas). In 3 games against WHS he avg. about 26 pts, 8 assists, then you have Emanual Moody who was simply unguardable last night he was dropping 3 balls like it was raining outside. he probably had 30+ pts last. Also, the big they have is a sophomore name Shawtrez Davis I believe that’s his name and he goes about 6′9. Very skilled big who can play inside or outside. Westlake fouled him out at the end of the 3rd Qtr, but they weathered the storm and won a very exciting game. Look for Tri-Cities to make some noise in the state playoffs, if the team that played Westlake last night show up.


February 15th, 2013
11:07 pm


Alexander fan

February 16th, 2013
10:43 am

I agree with bballfan12, 5AAAA also is a very deep region. The top four teams in this region is very well matched. Watch out for Alexander out of DOUGLASVILLE.

Manny fresh

February 16th, 2013
11:06 am

South Atlanta on a mission no 1 respected us wasn’t even rank at da beginning of the year now we knocking top teams off like Marist and Columbia and max prep still won’t move us up in the state rankings. I mean what else we gotta do?? Got the best 2 guards in the state in #23 and #12 but they still over looking us but if we beat Columbia again tonight I mean when we beat Columbia tonight they gotta give us our props cause we expose Marist last night

Manny fresh

February 16th, 2013
11:10 am

I think 6AAAA got the deepest region hands down with South Atlanta, Columbia, Marist, Grady. Don’t get no tuffer than that. Any 1 of those teams can easily win the state