Boys quarterfinal primer: No. 1 Tift vs. No. 2 North Cobb … Columbia-Marist III … GAC-Manchester rematch

Here is a class-by-class look at the boys quarterfinals.

For a rundown on the girls semifinals, go here.

AAAAAA – Tift County had to turn 400 fans away Saturday for its 100-81 victory over Westlake. Expect the same for the quarterfinals against North Cobb unless Tift is able to find a way to squeeze them in. Tift is ranked No. 1, North Cobb No. 2. Tift led by as many as 30 against Westlake, which is ranked eighth. … The other quarterfinal that is between ranked teams matches No. 6 Peachtree Ridge at No. 7 Wheeler. AJC.com’s David Purdum is slated to cover that one from The Lip in Marietta. … Unranked Brunswick is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1982. The Pirates will be at home against fifth-ranked Hillgrove, another second seed. Hillgrove made the quarters in 2010. Neither has made a state semifinal. … No. 3 Norcross plays Berkmar in the other quarter. The two Gwinnett County schools have won some six state titles since 2000, although it’s been a while for Berkmar.

AAAAA – No. 1-ranked and four-time state champion Miller Grove plays No. 6 Tucker on Tuesday as part of a boys-girls double-header. It’s at Miller Grove, which has beaten Tucker by 11 and 19 points in their two Region 6 clashes. … Nice to see Ceekside back in contention in basketall. The Seminoles have advanced as a No. 3 seed and are in the quarters for the first time since 2003. Creekside was a state runner-up in 2002. Creekside plays at second-ranked Effingham County, which will be trying to make the semifinals for the first time in school history. … History is not on the side of several AAAAA quarterfinal teams. New Manchester, which opened in 2011, hadn’t won a playoff game until this year. New Manchester’s opponent, Jenkins, is in the quarters for the first time since 1973 and has never made the semis. Northside-Columbus, which opened in 2002, has never made the semifinals. Northside’s opponent, Gainesville, is used to this stuff. The Red Elephants have made the semis or better 10 times in the last 25 years, although none since 2009.

AAAA – Columbia-Marist III is slated to take place Wednesday at Columbia, which one the previous games 46-45 and 52-50 in overtime. AJC.com’s Jeff Haws will cover that one and bring a photographer. Columbia is ranked No. 3, Marist No. 4. … Since quarterfinals are no longer at neutral sites, No. 1-ranked Eagle’s Landing is forced to travel to Albany to play eighth-ranked Westover. Both are region champions. Since they are No. 1 seeds, the home team is predetermined on the draw. It’s the same for Rutland vs. Statesboro. Rutland is at home, though both are region champions. Second-ranked South Atlanta plays at home against Alexander in the other quarterfinal.

AAA – Chatham County rivals Johnson and Savannah could be headed for an all-Savannah final. Both have home games Wednesday – third-ranked Johnson against unranked Tattnall County and second-ranked Savannah against ninth-ranked Washington County. If the Savannah teams win, they’ll have the home crowd behind them again in the semifinals, which will be played at Savannah’s Armstrong Atlantic State University. Savannah and Johnson are on opposite sides of the draw. … The other two quarterfinals match North Georgia teams – No. 1-ranked Buford vs. No. 6 Woodward Academy and No. 7 North Hall vs. No. 10 St. Pius. None of the four has won a state title.

AA – The 2012 semifinal teams are still in it this year – champion Laney, Manchester, Vidalia and Jordan. … The most intriguing game Wednesday is No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian vs. Manchester. A year ago, Manchester upset GAC 48-46 in the quarterfinals. GAC was ranked No. 1 then, too. That game was in Dalton. The rematch is on GAC’s home floor.  … If you missed it, one of the best round-of-16 games statewide Saturday was No. 7 Bleckley County’s 62-61 victory over No. 3 Westside of Augusta. Westside trailed by 22 and took the lead with second left, but Bleckley’s Rydealous Taylor made two free throws with 2.8 seconds to win it.  Taylor scored 25 points. Now Bleckley plays at No. 2 Vidalia. Bleckley is trying to make the semifinals for the first time since 1985.

A – The home teams won 15 of 16 first-round games in both public and private divisions last week. The exception was No. 9 Jenkins County over No. 8 Dooly County on the public side.  Top games this week will be fourth-ranked North Cobb Christian, which spent most of the season at No. 1, traveling to ninth-ranked Athens Christian. In a side note, Seth Vining coached his last game in Lakeview Academy’s loss to Aquinas. The retiring coach won more than 700 games, sent 10 teams to the semifinals and won four state championships at East Hall, two boys titles (2001, 2003) and two girls titles (1979, 1980).

109 comments Add your comment

Shaunster

February 25th, 2013
11:20 am

AAAAAA

PTR over Wheeler by 15+, Norcross over Berkmar by 20+, Tift over NC by 20+ and Brunswick over Hillgrove by 6 to 8.

TIFT COUNTY

February 25th, 2013
12:16 pm

Shaunster, that sounds about right!

Hubert Green

February 25th, 2013
12:17 pm

Wheeler is on a roll recovering from a very disappointing regular season in which they somehow lost to an average Roswell team twice but beat them 14 in the region title game. Norcross’s defense has been very strong, but Berkmar beat a very talented Alpharetta team that had made the Final Four last year at Alpharetta; If North Cobb were at full strength their chances would be better. You have to make Tift play halfcourt basketball; Greene however is an All American who transferred in to play with his partner Tadric Jackson who came from Turner County. Brunswick must be a good team, and Hillgrove too, but I know very little about either one. In the Marist/Columbia game, it is hard to keep beating the same team; Milton found that out in 2011 after having beaten Norcross three straight times before the state championship game. GAC Manchester will be fun to watch. GAC is loaded, and Manchester is quick as greased lightening. Don’t see anybody stopping Miller Grove; they are going for five in a row. I like Buford and Savannah in AAA. And tiny little St Francis has a 6′9″ post, a 6′6″ wing; another 6′8″ wing and a great freshman guard. Greenforest has obviously invested in I 20 forms with their roster.

Rod

February 25th, 2013
12:33 pm

I’m pretty sure Washington County will get slighted in Savannah by the refs just like Dodge County did. When two of the refs clap for Savannah’s boys during pregame introductions that pretty much tells the visiting what kind of game they are going to call. Please gentlemen, let those young men play and not call the game one way. Other schools have kids who are trying to go to college too. I guess there are refs with egos in high school too. What say you?

Let's Go Get It

February 25th, 2013
12:53 pm

Rod for you to think that Washington County will get slighted in Savannah is beneath the dignity of the Blue Jackets. We work hard for what we have accomplished here. We take no prisoners with or without the refs. Just a fact, referees are relocated from region to region so their is an unbiased assocaiton with any team during the playoffs. Another fact: Dodge County just got beat. Case closed.

andre

February 25th, 2013
12:54 pm

Turner county and wilcox county game in ashburn ,going to be great game .two great programs

Rod

February 25th, 2013
1:09 pm

Let’s go get it, I graciously accept defeat whether I think it was biased or not, but I’m sure even Savannah has had games this year where it seemed that the referees were all against them. I don’t single-handedly blame the refs for the game, Dodge only had one true weapon in that game, and when he went out in foul trouble, they had no on else to step up which made the outcome inevitable. My problem is not with Savannah, it’s with the overall unbalanced officiating across the state. I believing that refs should call the same stuff on both ends of the court. I’ve even complained for the teams that our teams were playing when they were giving us calls that they didn’t give our visitng team. I’m merely saying that these are young adults playing high school sports and most of them are aspiring to further their careers on come level whether collegiate or professional and I have witnessed some refs get so full of themselves that they were making calls just to prove a point with no regard to the players. If you guys win it all, them I’d celebrate your success because I know it’s not easy winning 25 or 26 games in one seaon consistently.

bryan3

February 25th, 2013
1:44 pm

rod .. i understand your point. but those refs were clapping for savannah players as if they were rooting for them.. i was right behind the refs when dodge players came to the refs together and shook their hands and the refs gave them high fives and congrats all in the fun of the game .. believe me those refs were not from sav. and calling for us .. did you look at the scoreboard wiyh the start of the 3rd quarter.. 6 mins left in the 3rd dodge was in the 1 and 1..we would love to get more calls ..

basketballnut

February 25th, 2013
2:06 pm

@Shaunster.. dude you have lost your everloving mind if you think P’ridge will beat Wheeler by 15+!! Wheeler is gonna beat them by 15+ just like North Cobb did the ridge!! Wheeler is to deep for P’ridge. Its only 2 schools that can match up with Wheeler & thats Tift and Norcross. We will see one of them in the Finals! Lol.. you made me laugh… Hahaha P’ridgeby 15 over Wheeler.. get the heck out of here with that bull…

Manny fresh

February 25th, 2013
2:22 pm

I’m with South Atlanta in AAAA to win it all. But in AAAAAA I don’t see anyone beating tift county. And AAAAA miller grove win that with ease its no comp in AAAAA. All the comp is in AAAA and AAAAAA.

South Georgia Coach

February 25th, 2013
3:02 pm

@ Hubert Green – Not sure if you’ve seen them play this year or not, but believe it or not, Tift Co IS a half court team. The only time they really look to run is off of turnovers, and the ocassional off of rebounds, yet not all rebounds. Their stats for points off of turnovers has to be staggering. From my observation it appears the coach would like for them to push the ball more but after scores the players are content with walking it up, and running their sets. I’ve seen them flirt with scoring a 100 a few times this season and if the coach wanted them to they could have easily gotten it with their normal rotation but usually they finish those games out with the JV players. If this team was truly committed to running and playing uptempo, they could probably average 85-93 points per game.

I said all along Brunswick was a sleeper team that I thought would make a deep run, and I think they have a legit shot at the final four. I have to assume that the long ride from metro atlanta to brunswick has played some role in there success as well.

KL Southside

February 25th, 2013
3:04 pm

South Atlanta needs to stay focused to win it all. It seems as if they are not playing their Region 6 rivals Columbia or Marist, then they play down to their opponent. It looks like Columbia’s coach is saying give the ball to Taj and let him score off of double screens. If a team stops Taj from penetrating, the champs will be in trouble. Marist is blowing teams out in the playoffs. Seems as though that tournament lost has them refocused. Although, the Marist coach needs to learn how to make in-game adjustments. I thought Grady was going to sweep for Region 6 4A, but it didn’t fall their way. I see Tift County 6A and Norcross playing for the championship. If Norcross can keep the 6′10″ center out of foul trouble, then they will win it all. Miller Grove will repeat! I see Green Forest and WD Mohammed in the title game for the 1A private schools.

BBall 101

February 25th, 2013
3:08 pm

AAAAAA-TIFT COUNTY
AAAAA-MILLER GROVE
AAAA-EAGLES LANDING
AAA-BUFORD
AA-VIDALIA
A-NORTH COBB CHRISTIAN
A-WILKERSON CO

Eagles Fans

February 25th, 2013
3:11 pm

I know its hard to keep beating a team time after time but sometimes it comes down to which team has the better players and columbia with tahj is just a better team than marist and please keep winning out south atlanta because we want our rematch with everything on the line

Manny fresh

February 25th, 2013
4:26 pm

I agree with KL Southside south atlanta scaring the heck outta me in those games playing down to there competition they could have easily lost both of there 1st 2round games hope they come to play wed because I hate to see them lose to Alexander I understand eagle landing but Alexander heck no. Good thing we got home court advantage.

bball tourney

February 25th, 2013
4:33 pm

@HubertGreen: Great Points haha “And tiny little St Francis has a 6′9″ post, a 6′6″ wing; another 6′8″ wing and a great freshman guard. Greenforest has obviously invested in I 20 forms with their roster”

In case some of you dont know….I-20 forms get you foreign exchange students and half of Greenforest team is from Africa. Greenforest also only has 39 kids in their high school and has 4 kids 6′6 or taller including a D1 player that’s 6′9. must be one lucky coach

Manny fresh

February 25th, 2013
4:34 pm

@eaglefan it’s a mind thing with y’all now y’all just can’t beat south atlanta y’all gotta go In the game saying yea we can beat them, if not, if we make it to the finals and we gotta play y’all we will beat y’all again like the 1st time we came to Columbia trust me we won’t have a bad shooting half the 1st half this time like we had that 2nd game. as you can see we got real good shooters. And y’all let us talk y’all out that 2nd game had tahj frustrated #23 talk him outta his game. All his face talking trash then told the coach let me check him. I like that in my boys accepting the challenge. Should be a good game again if we both make for all the marbles

Tha Truth

February 25th, 2013
5:01 pm

AAAAAA-NORCROSS
AAAAA-MILLER GROVE
AAAA-EAGLES LANDING
AAA-BUFORD
AA-GAC
A-ST. FRANCIS
A-WILKERSON CO

Roundball player

February 25th, 2013
5:33 pm

Go Marist…beat Columbia!

Roundball player

February 25th, 2013
5:33 pm

Go Marist…beat Columbia!

NCHS fan

February 25th, 2013
5:40 pm

Tift Norcross and North Cobb all on the same side of the bracket. Whoever comes out of the right side should easily win state. Im really confused why people don’t think NC has a chance. They’ve beaten 5th ranked Hillgrove 3 times. Once with out Neff & Steele, Peachtree Ridge twice once with out Neff, Berkmar and Buford. They’ve beaten several top 10 teams almost never at full strength. NC doesn’t have high scoring games like Tift because they slow the game down with their defense. NC blew out Coffee with no trouble by more than Tift did when they beat them. It will be a hard game playing @ Tift but this game can go either way.

NCHS fan

February 25th, 2013
5:41 pm

And when I looked at Tift’s schedule all they’ve beaten is Buford and Eagles Landing. . . . besides that they had an extremely easy region schedule and lost all the other games when they played good teams.

Pi-Hi man

February 25th, 2013
5:49 pm

Go St. Pius!

class of 06

February 25th, 2013
5:57 pm

I’m sorry but I have yet to see anyone that can really contain Tadric Jackson or Brannen Greene. If one is off then the other is on. I’m not saying NC doesn’t have a chance because obviously they have proven themselves this season but it will be hard to beat Tift @ home with the crowds they have. NC can not do like westlake and get wide-eyed. I’m sure NC hasn’t played in front of a crowd like they will play in front of wednesday.

South Georgia Coach

February 25th, 2013
6:13 pm

@ NCHS fan – I think only a fool would say North Cobb doesnt have a chance. They arent ranked #2 for no reason. Its one I dont want to miss, so hopefully I will be able to make it. I think it will be a good game. Buford and Eagles Landing are two pretty good teams to have victories over on your resume. Also they did just beat #8 Westover pretty handily as well. The good teams they lost to with the exception being the coffee lost were to nationally ranked powerhouses, and pretty close games, Saint Anthony’s hadnt lost in 70 something straight games. Also dont over look the fact that they beat Brunswick 3 times, and in case you havent notice Brunswick while not ranked, are one win away from the final four just like Tift and North Cobb.

Will you make it down to the game?

NCHS fan

February 25th, 2013
6:39 pm

I’ll be at the game can’t wait! NC has to slow the game down and control the tempo with their defense if they want to win. They can stick in their in a shoot out but only to a certain extent. The group of seniors which is the starting 5 and first 3 off the bench have been tested ever since last year. They carried the team last year and played in front of a Harrison crown that turned away a couple hundred fans for a regular season game back when NC and Harrison were top 5 teams last year. NC has played in a few packed gyms the past couple seasons Harrison being the craziest and they came out of their with a W in OT. I cant see NC letting the crowd get to them too much.

Cannibal Rector

February 25th, 2013
7:10 pm

NCHS, you don’t know what you’re talking about when it comes to Tift County’s schedule.

In fact, the Blue Devils have three wins over Brunswick (which is in the 6A quarterfinals), two wins over Westover (which is in the 4A quarterfinals), one win over Eagle’s Landing (which plays Westover in the 4A quarterfinals), and one win over Buford (which is in the 3A quarterfinals).

Like every team, Tift County has no control over the quality of their region competition, but I think the fact that Region 1-6A has two teams in the Elite Eight speaks volumes about the actual quality of the that region.

Anyway, if Tift County isn’t all that good, what will it say about North Cobb if they lose to the Blue Devils?

NCHS fan

February 25th, 2013
7:19 pm

I’m not saying Tift isn’t good. But people on here saying Tift by 15-20 over NC? thats crazy. NC has proven itself by beating #5 Hillgrove 3 TIMES! Hillgrove has 4 losses, 3 are from NC. We beat Berkmar which is in the elite 8, Peachtree ridge twice, which is in the elite 8, and Hillgrove. We beat #1 3A Buford as Tift did. NC has proven they are one of the best in the state over and over again. People that have probably never seen Tift or NC play are just giving the game to Tift because they have a kid going to Kansas. I’m no way saying Tift isnt good or even doesnt deserve a #1 ranking, but picking them by double digits? Come on now. NC and TIft get their wins in two different ways, Tift with scoring and NC with defense. I don’t know if Tift has ever seen a defense like NC. Its going to be one heck of a game.

War Eagles will win this time

February 25th, 2013
8:03 pm

Marist will squeak by Columbia by four.

Shaunster

February 25th, 2013
8:56 pm

@basketballnut:

Roswellx2, Cherokee and Walton are all Region 5 teams that Wheeler lost to. Region 5 is the weakest AAAAAA region in Georgia. Wheeler’s 4 game run of luck runs out Wednesday.

PTR is Region 7 tested and too physical, tough and disciplined for Wheeler’s rag-tag game, which is basically nothing more that this: “Let’s go out on the floor tonight, trhow up some shots and see if we can get hot”.

Eagles Fans

February 25th, 2013
8:57 pm

@ manny fresh, ill give yall that first game we took yall for granted and got beat now that 2nd game, without our best defender who is back now #23 had a great 2nd half and add in the fact yall #3 had the best game of his life, yeah I know costa didnt do much that 2nd game but not only is #22 our best defender he also can score the ball, plus don’t forget the game was played in yall house with yall getting all the calls the 2nd half this game will be in macon with nobody given calls, get past eagles landing and we will see about yall, and marist fans forget about it yeah we don’t have the teams like we have had the past 8 years we the 5 time state champs for a reason yeah we got a new coach, but it wont be easy to come in our house and take it from us see ya wed in the dec

fan of the game

February 25th, 2013
8:57 pm

Im waiting to see how the Wheeler/Peachtree Ridge game plays out before deciding if the team from the right side of the bracket should win easily. Now, I haven’t SEEN Wheeler play lately, but from what Ive read lately and the scores I’ve seen since region tournaments started tells me they are a dangerous team right now. If they can get by Peachtree Ridge with relative ease, I think they, once again, will be a factor in the end.

I would also love it if this year came down to just another Wheeler/Norcross finals, just to add another chapter to that rivalry.

Tift Fan

February 25th, 2013
9:25 pm

You are right nchs fan. It will be a super game. Tift is a great great team. Sometimes u cannot believe that you’re watching a HS team. Their 1st quarter against Westlake had a whole seasons worth of highlights. Unreal. But I’m not sure that we’ve played against a really good defense in any of our wins. Do y’all play man or zone?? I’m predicting a nail biter.

Bleed Red

February 25th, 2013
10:53 pm

Wheeler by 10 easy Much better shooters defiantly better inside game PT out there league

Bleed Red

February 25th, 2013
11:06 pm

From the looks of it PT barely beat Meadowcreek by 10 both times they played them think WHEELER 96 MEADOWCREEK 52 sounds like your fooling your self if you think region 5 week LOL

basketballnut

February 25th, 2013
11:06 pm

@shaunster.. hahhahahahaha stay off the meth dude!!! Drugs are bad for the brain cells! We lost to all of the teams that you named so Ill give you that. BUT… WE SMASHED those 2 teams from Gwinett by much more than we beat Roswell,Walton &Cherokee! But our region is weak? WE WILL SEE who is weak come Wed. Duluth and Meadow creek said the same thing. Did you guys lose to one of those teams????? The old Wheeler team from a month ago is gone! NEW & IMPROVED… GET SOME!!

Tift Co Residenr

February 26th, 2013
12:24 am

@NCHS fan you’re not sure if Tift has seen a defense like North Cobb’s? Are you serious? What do you think Long Beach Poly (Cali) & St. Anthony’s (NJ) are built around? LBP has the nation’s leading shot blocker in Jordan Bell swatting nearly everything taken to the rim & Tift still only lost by 6. Both of those teams have forced 20+ turnovers from Tift & still only managed to beat Tift by 6 each! By the way they are both top 15 in the NATION. I’m not going to say North Cobb isn’t a worthy adversary because they’ve beaten great quality teams, but have the faced national powerhouses, and if they were to do you think they’d have a better chance than Tift? I pick Tift over North Cobb anywhere from 8-20 points. The fourth quarter will be the key for North Cobb if they want to win because Tift for some reason, once they get a 20+ lead they tend to ease up off the gas pedal & allow teams to creep back into a dangerously close zone.

basketballnut

February 26th, 2013
12:37 am

@Tift Co Residenr If North Cobb had SAXON STEELE & JORDAN NEFF was 100%, I think they would give Tift a run for there money. but without Saxon, you guys will beat them pretty good. Jordan Neff is still not 100% so he wont do to much and NC need him for rebounding REAL BAD.. I think they will hang around for a while and Tift will beat them by 12 or 13 but only because they will have to foul at the end. They wont give up. But Tift better not sleep on them!

Manny fresh

February 26th, 2013
1:22 am

@eagles fan you right costa had a horrible game but #3 pick up the slack don’t forget #3 made the all region team so he’s no push over now. Costa #23 and #3 made it. But everybody keep saying Kiair ain’t play but he did play the first game and he was guarding #23 and he got 22pnts scored on him. And don’t forget the cross over he put on Kiair at the top of the key had the crowd going crazy. And Kiar didn’t score but bout 2 to 4 points off fast break lay ups. Kiair is not a scorer like that he’s a slasher he can’t create his own shots he get most of his points off steals and fast breaks. He can’t shoot at all. So don’t keep saying y’all 2nd best player didn’t play it wouldn’t have matter. We showed y’all that the 1st game.

warrior teacher

February 26th, 2013
1:29 am

I haven’t been to Tift to see or watch a game before but how well is the crowd going to hold together if the Warrior girls run the Tift girls out of the building leading into the boys game? Also, how pumped up are the North Cobb boys going to be after hearing the girls going to the final four!! Both Warrior teams should be playing in the final four on Saturday!

Tift Co Residenr

February 26th, 2013
4:01 am

@Warrior teacher, to be honest the crowd doesn’t even show up until half-way through the girls’ game, if the girls lose it’s whatever no one really cares, when they win it’s only a bonus to them & the boys’ team. (sad but it’s how it is here) The Boys’ team pretty much always wins though. I’m pretty sure North Cobb will be the toughest in-state competition they’ve faced so far this season (statistically), it’ll give them a good wake-up call that they are not unbeatable, that’s been proven when they blew a 15pt lead at Coffee one day by just goofing off with JV players in.

Eagles Fans

February 26th, 2013
5:49 am

@manny fresh see ya in macon if yall make it, we got 5 state championships that region championship don’t faze us we got plenty of them as well we going for a 4 peat see ya in macon

VChandler

February 26th, 2013
7:28 am

I’ve said it repeatedly. Games are not won on the blogs, the rankings etc. North Cobb girls and boys are going into hostile territory (We’ve done it before and came out victorious). Hat’s off to the Tift teams, but it you think for one minute we are shaking in our boots, you’re wrong. Lady Warriors are on a mission, with 7 girls that can drop 16 on you. Our TEAMS don’t have jaw dropping all hype players but Our TEAMS win games. BG and Tadric are crazy good, but I will put our TEAM against anyone. I’m not going to worry about Saxon being injured because that’s life. Looking forward to some great basketball. Warriors come out to plaaaay.

VChandler

February 26th, 2013
7:29 am

@Warrior Teacher, great points.

TIFT COUNTY

February 26th, 2013
7:53 am

NCHS FAN, Tift only lost four games this season and the games you are referring to that they lost were to top Nationally ranked teams, long Beach Poly at the time ranked #1 Nationally 62-55, St. Anthony’s from New Jersey at the time ranked #5 Nationally 60-54, Calloway from Jackson, Ms ranked #1 in the state of Mississippi 59-43. Two of those games they had leads in the fourth quarter. You are touting winning against top teams in the state. You fail to realize how tough Tift is and like Westlake, North Cobb will find out when they come to the Palace. Again Tift has only loss to one Georgia team and that was Coffee on a night when they played like 85′ Villanova beating Georgetown. They shot 80% from the floor that night and only beat tift 88-85. No one will beat Tift at home, NO ONE!!!!!!!

Tha Truth

February 26th, 2013
8:22 am

All this Tift, North Cobb, Ridge Wheeler talk…..blah, blah, blah…..lurking in the shadows waiting for the dust to clear……The Norcross Blue Devils

grizz

February 26th, 2013
8:23 am

First just let me say that NC has done it the Right way. All this team does is Win, Win, Win with 7 seniors that have played together for the most part since they were in the 6th grade. No High Recruit star Transfer just 7 young men from the North Cobb area. I bet Tift can’t say that!!!! Second thing: the GHSA is a freaking Joke!!! How do you end up with NC, Tift, Norcross, Westlake all on the same side of the Bracket???? Seems like every year GHSA can’t get out of their own way. What happen to having the elite 8 at a neutral site like Fort Valley St??? GHSA deserves a big C’MON MAN!!!! Well good luck to all the teams that are left in the tourney and Go NC Boys and Girls. WARRIORS!!!!!

Da Coach

February 26th, 2013
8:51 am

It seems like every time Columbia doesn’t win region, they end up winning state. That said, I think it’ll be very hard to beat Marist a third time. It’s gonna come down to the wire, again, and I’m really excited to see Marist play with their two guards back. Should be an awesome game, can’t wait for it.

raidersupporter

February 26th, 2013
9:18 am

Warrior teacher, you are dead on!!!!!!! Good Luck, Warriors and Lady Warriors, I hope you go all the way!

athensbball

February 26th, 2013
9:44 am

For several of the Norcross players they could be getting back to back titles….considering several of them started for Whitefield’s state champ team last year. Gotta love metro atl basketball. Do you even have to make a bonafide move if your going from private to public schools?