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.