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Full schedules and previews for this week’s boys and girls region tournaments

South Carolina teams won’t finish their regular season until Valentine’s Day weekend, and then will be the state playoffs.

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Makhi Climons (Cross Creek)

South Carolina’s teams won’t finish their regular season until Valentine’s Day weekend, and the next step in SC, as always, will be the state playoffs because South Carolina seeds its state tournament with regular-season region standings, skipping region tournaments altogether.

But for the area’s Georgia based teams, the regular season has ended, which means this week’s region tournaments will decide which teams will advance to the GHSA state playoffs, what seed they will earn, and, unfortunately, which teams will see their season end over the next few days. Here are the details for the tournaments we will be watching closely:

Class 6A, Region 3

Grovetown’s boys and girls teams captured the regular-season championship and with that the top seed and a bye into Thursday’s semifinal round at this week’s tournament at Evans. The second seed, which is Evans on the boy’s side and Heritage for the girls, will also bypass Tuesday’s quarterfinal round. As is the case in all of the regions, the top four teams are guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs, but these four teams still have plenty of work to do this week because the region tournament champion and runner up will start their state playoff run at home, while the third and fourth place finishers will hit the road come playoff time.

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Zy Wright (Grovetown)

Region tournament brackets at Evans

Boys

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Preview:

Grovetown (9-1 in the region), Evans (8-2) and Heritage (4-6) can all be seen as equally likely to leave Evans with the tournament crown and the region’s top seed in the state playoffs because every time those teams met head-to-head during the regular season the game was a toss-up. But don’t count out the bottom three teams because Lakeside (3-7) and Alcovy (4-6), which will play for a semifinal birth tonight, both have the talent to come out on top on any given night. And Greenbrier (2-8) has already beaten Heritage one time this year, which should give the Wolfpack confidence going into today’s quarterfinal matchup.

Girls

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Preview:

Like his head coaching counterpart Darren Douglas at the school on the boys side, Grovetown’s George Dukes claimed a regular-season region championship in his first season at the helm. Grovetown’s only loss in league play came against Greenbrier (6-4), which, like Grovetown, has a roster full of promising young players.

Class 4A, Region 3

Tournament host Cross Creek will supply the field’s top seed on both the boys and girls sides after an 8 game regular season schedule in which Cross Creek, Burke County and Baldwin all threatened to take the top seeds. On the boy’s side, the Razorbacks won the regular-season championship outright by posting a 7-1 record, while the girl’s field actually ended in a three-way tie that tilted in the Lady Razorbacks’ favor after a coin flip tie-breaker.

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Cross Creek’s Jenna Wilbon (50), Jordyn Dorsey (21) and Burke County’s Tyasia Freeman (40)

Class 4A, Region 3 tournament schedule

*Play-In Game
Feb 4th Tuesday @Thomson

6:00 ARC Vs. Thomson (Girls)
7:30 ARC Vs. Thomson (Boys)

Feb 6th Thursday @Cross Creek –

4:00 PM – #3 Burke County Vs. #2 Baldwin (Girls)
5:30 PM – #3 Burke County Vs. #2 Baldwin (Boys)
7:00 PM – #4 (Thomson/ARC) Vs. Cross Creek (Girls)
8:30 PM – #4 (Thomson/ARC) Vs. Cross Creek (Boys)

Feb 7th Friday @Cross Creek

4:00 PM Consolation Girl’s Game
5:30 PM Consolation Boy’s Game
7:00 PM Championship Girl’s Game
8:30 PM Championship Boy’s Game

Class 2A, Region 4

 
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Rocky Drayton (Laney)
On the boys side, Glenn Hills (14-2) and Butler (13-3) claimed the #1 and #2 seeds, and along with that two of the four semifinal spots in Thursday’s round. Again, that means automatic state playoff tickets. But those same two teams finished last regular season in those same two positions a year ago, only to finish third (Butler) and fourth (Glenn Hills) last year before they both lost in the first round of the state playoffs. Six or seven different teams have the capability to get hot and win this tournament this week!
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On the girls side, Laney (16-0) will once again be the favorites, but both Butler (12-4) and Josey (14-2), which took Laney to overtime in last season’s region tournament championship game, have the ability to cause 2020 to be the first time Laney does not win a region tournament championship in what seems like, and probably is, more than a decade, if not two.
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Class 1A, Region 7 (Girls)

Tuesday (2/4)
At Stratford Academy

#2E Lake Oconee Academy vs. #3W First Presbyterian Day, 4:00
#1W Stratford Academy vs. #4E Aquinas, 5:30
#2W Wilkinson County vs. #3E Hancock Central, 7:00
#1E GMC vs. #4W Mt. de Sales, 8:30

Friday (2/7)
At Hancock Central

#1W Stratford Academy/#4E Aquinas vs. #2E Lake Oconee Academy/#3W FPD, 4:00
#1E GMC/#4W Mt. de Sales vs. #2W Wilkinson County/#3E Hancock Central, 7:00

Saturday (2/8)
At Hancock Central

Consolation: 4:00
Championship: 7:00
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Franquon Sherman (Lincoln County)

Class 1A, Region 7 (Boys)

At Hancock Central
Wednesday (2/5)

#2W First Presbyterian Day vs. #3E Lincoln County, 4:00
#2E GMC vs. #3W Mt. de Sales, 5:30
#1W Wilkinson County vs. #4E Warren County, 7:00
#1E Hancock Central vs. #4W Twiggs County, 8:30

Friday (2/7)

#1W Wilkinson County/#4E Warren County vs. #2E GMC/#3W MDS, 5:30
#1E Hancock Central/#4W Twiggs vs. #2W FPD/#3E Lincoln County, 8:30

Saturday (2/8)

Consolation: 5:30
Championship: 8:30

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[Livestream] Evans Hosts Effingham Co. in State Playoff Showdown

Evans battles Effingham in Round 1 of the Georgia 6A State Playoffs. Live from Evans High.

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[Livestream] Grovetown vs Evans in Region Battle for Playoff Position

Evans hosts Grovetown and looks to avenge their buzzer beater loss to the Warriors on January 22nd.

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“Sophomore Malik Ferguson picked up a loose ball in the middle of the paint with one second remaining, and right before the fourth quarter buzzer sounded, he released a shot that found its mark to give Grovetown 61-60 win over Evans Friday, a result that threw the top spot in the class 6A, region 5 standings into a three way tie between Grovetown, Evans and Heritage to mark the beginning of the stretch run for the league’s regular season championship. Ferguson’s shot came at the end of a full court dash by Grovetown after head coach Darren Douglas was able to draw up a play during a timeout that was meant to result in a bucket in only six seconds. The play was designed for senior Zach Bell, who eventually fumbled the ball after spinning between defenders at the end of a drive that began near half court after he gathered the ball from freshman Derrion Reid.”

That was Chad Cook’s rundown of the instant classic that these two teams played two weeks ago. That win by Grovetown sets up a must-win scenario for Evans as they look to maintain their footing in the race for a region championship.

Be sure to get your ? ready early because if tonight’s game is as exciting as the last one, you just might forget those jokers altogether!

Streams will be posted here. Tip-off times are as follows:
Girls – 6:30 PM
Boys – 8:00 PM

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