General News for February 2015

GAINESVILLE, GA -- Jonesboro has strung together win after win after win this season thanks to hard-nosed, in-your-face defense. Why stop now? The Cardinals travelled 67 miles north and put on an absolute show of defensive force to advance to the Final Four with a 50-35 win on Thursday night.

The March to Macon continues and our team previews the brackets and makes predictions in the AAA, AA, A brackets. Our team has been in gyms all season long in the state of Georgia. Who do they like as we get closer and closer to crowning state champs?

With the high school basketball season complete and time before AAU begins, 2016 Bayside Academy (AL) guard Spencer Newman took the opportunity to visit two college campuses over the weekend.

The state basketball playoffs are off and running in the state of Georgia. Carter Wilson and Justin Young discuss the Peach State and make predictions for AAAAAA, AAAAA, AAAA brackets. Who will make the Final Four? The guys break down the brackets as we continue to March to Macon.

Wednesday night is a big game night in Georgia as the AAAAAA playoffs pin some of the best teams in the biggest classification against each other. We look at the quarterfinal games and encourage you to vote for your winners.

No. 7 Pebblebrook (24-5) at No. 9 Norcross (27-3): Easily, the most intriguing game of the entire Wednesday slate in the entire state across all classifications. Both teams are good enough to win the state championship. Pebblebrook's starting five is as good as any in the state of Georgia. On the flip side, Norcross's bench is as good as any in the state. PHS's Trhae Mitchell vs. NHS's Ricky Madison should be a terrific match-up. Expect this one to go down to the wire. All signs point to this being one of the best games we've seen in the post-season this year.

No. 13 Shiloh (26-3) at Alpharetta (25-5): One of these teams will be in the Final Four and deservingly so. Remember, Shiloh hasn't lost to a Georgia team all season long. Alpharetta's biggest loss was only by six. Three of the team's losses were by a bucket. Both teams empty the effort tank. Both teams have good guards. How will Shiloh maintain Alpharetta's size inside? How will Alpharetta contain Josh Okogie en route to the rim? Both teams have terrific coaches. Like every game in AAAAAA, this one should come down the wire.

Hillgrove (23-5) at No. 15 Tucker (27-2): Two post-season stalwarts are back again in the Elite Eight. The programs have lived at this space of the bracket over the last three years. Both teams know what it takes to get to Macon. Two things to watch: Bryce Brown is quietly having one of the best senior seasons in the state of Georgia. He's on an absolute tear, averaging 28 points a game this season. He's the most impactful guard Hillgrove will face this season. How will the Hawks slow him down in the quarterfinal? Hillgrove has nice scoring balance. Will it be an across the board punch on offense? Or will someone like Antonio Wade, Jordan Julian or Collin Sexton get hot?

Newton (22-8) at No. 1 Wheeler (27-2): David meets Goliath. Newton is riding high after eliminating Top 10 Power Poll team Tift County in the first round, then Dacula in the second round. The team is just that - a team. Now the reward for two playoff wins is a match-up at Wheeler, the state's top team with the country's top player. No one outside of Covington is giving the Rams a chance to win this one. That's perfectly fine with AAAAAA's Cinderella. The us-against-the world mentality has served them well so far. On the flip side, Wheeler is playing very well right now. In his final game at The Doug, Jaylen Brown won't leave his Marietta home court quietly. Don't be surprised to see another epic performance.

All rankings come from the Power Poll

MARIETTA, GA -- Wheeler, our No. 1 team on the Power Poll all season long, is aiming for a return trip to Macon to claim the AAAAAA title. However, getting there won't be easy.

ATLANTA, GA -- For a quarter, Lamar County was the tone-setter.

Senior-dominated teams can always be dangerous in posteaseason bracket play.

That is exactly why Pebblebrook and Pope posed a fun matchup: two teams with lots of seniors, none of which wanted to end their careers.

We are excited to announce several key components to the Elite Preview camp in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Long time college coach Winston Neal will serve as the camp director,'s Evan Daniels will return to evaluate talent and All-American camp decision-makers will be in town, too.

HANCEVILLE, AL--- Senior forward Gerron Scissum was all smiles Tuesday afternoon after his Lee-Huntsville (AL) squad defeated Cullman 92-69 to win the 6A Northwest Regional championship and lock in a berth in next week's Final Four in Birmingham.

WEST COBB COUNTY, GA -- The first round of the GHSA basketball playoffs tipped off on a cold and windy Tuesday night in metro Atlanta. With two quality games less than six miles apart, we took in two close and competitive games. Here's what we learned.

Balance. That is one word that describes this Norcross Blue Devils team.

On any given night, any quarter, any possession, opponents do not know who is going to beat them.

Tonight in the Blue Devils State Tournament first round 62-49 win over Berkmar, it wasn’t necessarily one player.

HANCEVILLE, AL--- When the name Wiley is thrown around in the state of Alabama, most think of Austin at Spain Park. However, he isn't the only Wiley making a name for himself this season.

Evan Wiley, a 2016 forward from Lee-Huntsville (AL), is starting to come into his own at the most important time of the year, the state playoffs.

The private schools in Atlanta have proved to be a powerhouse group while the rural county schools have star power and intrigue. How the Class AA bracket plays out in the GHSA basketball tournament is anyone's guess. We preview.

We are all set to begin tournament play. Who will go to Macon to play for a state title? Yet to be determined, but for now here’s how the Power Poll stacks up:

1. Wheeler (25-2)
Notable Wins: Cherokee 51-48//71-55//51-49, Walton 97-61//76-61, Bentonville (AR) 61-40, Paul VI (VA) 55-52, Wesleyan Christian (NC) 76-70, Montverde Academy (FL) 72-65, Pope 64-54//69-64//61-59
Notable Losses: West Lin (OR) 62-70, Bishop O’Dowd (CA) 70-79
On Tap: AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Centennial
Previous: 1

2. Laney (26-1)
Notable Wins: Morgan County 71-67//78-62, Pebblebrook 65-59, Norcross 70-59, Coral Gables (FL) 75-58, Berkmar 59-52, Jenkins 60-49, Butler 72-65//61-53, Josey 78-58//79-66//92-62, Buford 79-62
Notable Losses: St. Francis 64-67
On Tap: AAA State Tournament vs. North Clayton
Previous: 2

3. Jonesboro (27-1)
Notable Wins: Milton 56-37, Westlake 64-43, Miller Grove 73-52, Bartow (FL) 61-59, Dorman (SC) 69-47, Griffin 80-45//62-49//82-62, Spain Park (AL) 64-58
Notable Losses: Montverde Academy 72-92
On Tap: AAAA State Tournament vs. Thomson
Previous: 3

4. Saint Francis (25-3)
Notable Wins: Laney 67-64, Douglas County 91-72, Buford 93-60, Florida Air Academy (FL) 65-50, Oak Ridge (FL) 85-75, Paul VI (VA) 77-60, Northland (OH) 73-53, Whitefield Academy 68-63//78-52
Notable Losses: Miller Grove 43-66, Montverde Academy (FL) 59-62, Sagemont (FL) 50-72
On Tap: A Private State Tournament
Previous: 4

5. Miller Grove (25-3)
Notable Wins: Saint Francis 66-43, M.L. King 63-44//61-55//55-39, Lexington Catholic (KY) 69-63, St. John Bosco (CA) 53-50, Cedar Grove 59-55, Jenkins 69-62, Tucker 60-58, Tri Cities 69-43, SW Dekalb 60-40//71-49
Notable Losses: Callaway (MS) 48-54, Jonesboro 52-73, Orange Lutheran (CA) 38-40
On Tap: AAAAA State Tournament vs. Chapel Hill
Previous: 5

6. Greenforest (24-1)
Notable Wins: Northside Christian (NC) 54-53, Morgan County 54-50, SW Atlanta Christian 72-44, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 64-43, North Gwinnett 52-45, Landmark Christian 96-71//78-55
Notable Losses: Pebblebrook 72-75 OT
On Tap: A Private State Tournament
Previous: 6

7. Pebblebrook (22-5)
Notable Wins: Huntsville Lee 91-54, Berkmar 78-48, Greenforest 75-72 OT, Prestonwood Christian (TX) 75-69, Mater Dei (CA) 82-79, Douglas County 87-62//71-43//66-59, Westlake 73-63//93-64//72-67, Langston Hughes 75-60//74-60
Notable Losses: Laney 59-65, Sierra Canyon (CA) 66-67, Montverde Academy (FL) 61-69, Bartow (FL) 57-60, DeMatha (MD) 54-61
On Tap: AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Kennesaw Mountain
Previous: 7

8. Tift County (26-1)
Notable Wins: Monroe 55-42, Savannah 66-52, Westover 56-39, Westlake 78-48, Westover 44-34, Lowndes 78-69//69-48, Salmen (LA) 38-37, Colquitt County 52-34//56-45, Valdosta 61-43//49-33//65-34
Notable Losses: Riverside (LA) 52-54
On Tap: AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Newton
Previous: 8

9. Norcross (25-3)
Notable Wins: Dacula 89-74//74-66, North Gwinnett 72-64//84-62//79-50, Peachtree Ridge 64-54//74-61, Walton 53-52, University Lab (LA) 65-59, Duluth 88-66//63-49, Collins Hill 72-61, Madison Academy (AL) 72-64
Notable Losses: Collins Hill 68-70, Laney 59-70, Ballard (KY) 69-83
On-Tap: AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Berkmar
Previous: 9

10. McIntosh (28-0)
Notable Wins: Starr’s Mill 69-55, Drew 79-72//86-82//98-79, GACS 90-77, Sandy Creek 60-57, Orange (NC) 66-59, Hillgrove 61-58, Allatoona 60-55, Luella 86-75
Notable Losses: None
On Tap: AAAAA State Tournament vs. Camden County
Previous: 10

11. Athens Christian (27-0)
Notable Wins: Stratford Academy 67-31, Cambridge 73-43, Brookwood 59-53, Woodward Academy 71-40, Glenn Hills 66-38,
Notable Losses: None
On Tap: A Private State Tournament
Previous: 11

12. Gainesville Johnson (27-0)
Notable Wins: Whitefield Academy 88-76, North Cobb Christian 66-55 // 85-73, Apalachee 70-63, Gainesville 76-63, Madison County 68-50, Buford 100-89//81-69, Apalachee 82-76
Notable Losses: None
On Tap: AAAA State Tournament vs. SE Whitfield
Previous: 12

13. Shiloh (23-3)
Notable Wins: Milton 58-40, Dacula 63-56 OT//76-63, Peachtree Ridge 87-71, Washington County 69-52, Burke County 61-49, Grayson 57-47//84-68, Berkmar 58-50//53-34
Notable Losses: The First Academy (FL) 66-68, Riverside (LA) 54-67, Orlando Christian Prep (FL) 64-68
On Tap: AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Mill Creek
Previous: 13

14. Jenkins (22-3)
Notable Wins: North Cobb Christian 65-55, Johnson Savannah 55-50//62-48, MLK 77-50, Columbia 59-52, Savannah 72-54//70-42//78-64, Butler 78-65, Winston Salem Prep (NC) 70-57
Notable Losses: High Point Christian (NC) 53-64, Miller Grove 62-69, Laney 49-60
On Tap: AAA State Tournament vs. Westside Macon
Previous: 14

15. Tucker (24-2)
Notable Wins: Gibson (Bahamas) 65-54, Rockdale County 72-54//59-38//60-40, Newton 67-42//51-40, Oak Ridge (TN) 65-49, Jackson-Olin (AL) 62-46, Columbia 52-46, Mays 72-64Notable Losses: Miller Grove 58-60, Heritage 53-56
On Tap: AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Lee County
Previous: 15

16. Pope (23-5)
Notable Wins: Roswell 68-63, Walton 57-52//74-61, Milton 53-49//47-36, North Gwinnett 81-61, Cherokee 52-46//49-40, Tri Cities 66-57
Notable Losses: Spain Park (AL) 51-71, Wheeler 54-64//64-69//69-71, Roswell 51-54
On Tap: Region AAAAAA State Tournament vs. Johns Creek
Previous: 16

17. Allatoona (25-2)
Notable Wins: East Paulding 73-71//69-41, South Paulding 55-41//67-40//72-68, Hiram 51-39, Edgewater (FL) 65-62, North Cobb 65-52, Whitefield Academy 63-60
Notable Losses: GACS 49-69, McIntosh 55-60
On Tap: AAAAA State Tournament vs. Mays
Previous: 17

18. Pace Academy (25-2)
Notable Wins: Columbia (AL) 71-55, Landmark Christian 94-53, GACS 73-57//71-42//66-63, Mount Vernon 41-40, Holy Innocents
59-48//68-66, Hapeville Charter 65-61//91-69, Wesleyan 59-45//77-58
Notable Losses: Wasatch Academy (UT) 58-61, North Atlanta 57-70
On Tap: Region 6-AA Tournament
Previous: 18

19. Carrollton (24-2)
Notable Wins: New Manchester 72-66, Oxford (AL) 74-54, Paulding County 57-38, North Cobb 57-28, Harrison 54-47//61-52, Pleasure Ridge Park (KY) 61-48, Archer 67-61, Sandy Creek 52-44//53-35, North Cobb Christian 58-39
Notable Losses: LaGrange 58-64, Tri Cities 59-67
On Tap: Region AAAA State Tournament vs. Columbia
Previous: 20

20. Lithonia (25-2)
Notable Wins: Columbia 58-54//58-42, St. Pius X 55-41//51-49, Mays 69-65, Heritage 64-50, Westlake 60-47, Stone Mountain 67-56//65-60, Peachtree Ridge 70-67, Grady 83-40//53-43//45-35,
Notable Losses: North Clayton 46-62, St. Pius 58-65
On Tap: AAAA State Tournament vs. Fayette County
Previous: N/A

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