LILBURN, GA – All season Region 8-AAAAAA has been a slugfest. The teams have worn each other out during the regular season.

So, why would the championship game be any different?

TUCKER, GA -- To win the Region 5-AAAAA tournament, teams have to be able sustain a punch. Miller Grove took plenty in a back-and-forth battle against Stephenson at Tucker High School on Wednesday night.

In a true spirit of a heavyweight bout, the Wolverines took what the Jaguars were throwing about and closed out in the final minute to claim the 60-52 championship victory.

The game was a bucket swap all contest long and with the game tied at 1:19 at 50-50, Miller Grove started the closeout down the stretch. Senior Keith Pinckney connected on a pair of free throws at 1:08 then twenty seconds later sophomore Alterique Gilbert hit an acrobatic layup to put the score at 54-50.

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After playing the worst possible half of the season, North Gwinnett’s head coach Zachary Smith delivered a simple message during halftime. He wanted his players to stay the course because their shots would begin falling.

SUGAR HILL, GA – Johnson High’s basketball team has always been driven by its offense, which energizes its defense.

The Knights was clicking like a well-oiled engine Tuesday night in the Class AAAA Region 8 championship. This allowed them to pick up the defensive intensity before earning its consecutive title with an 88-67 victory over top-seeded Eastside at Lanier High.

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Wheeler-Walton rivalry is one of those rivalries that has to come down to the final buzzer. There's no real explaining the notion of why that is. It just is.

Multiply it by the stage of the Region 6-AAAAAA tournament championship and you had the feeling that the action on Tuesday night at Etowah High School would be nothing short of entertaining.

The billing didn't disappoint.

CUMMING, GA – Getting back to the state playoffs and the region championship game were part of Alpharetta High’s to-do-list this season.

Many believed since the Raiders graduated so many players these goals were out of reach. It’s a good thing Alpharetta wasn’t paying attention to its critics.

DECATUR, GA -- We posted up at the quarterfinal round of the Region 6-AAAA tournament at Columbia High School on Monday. Games were good, competition was high and teams punched their tickets to the state playoffs.

DECATUR, GA -- Columbia High School doesn't lose on its home court. Hardly ever, borderline never. Keep that in your mind before you read the next couple of paragraphs.

Chamblee junior Deonte Davis took a gorgeous pass from Daniel Graves and gently put the ball through the cylinder to make the score 51-50 in favor of Columbia with 3:24 to play in the Region 6-AAAA quarterfinal game.

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – Basketball is a game of runs and minimal mistakes. The teams capable of capitalizing on both emerge victorious.

Teams in Class AAAAA Region 4 took advantage of their opportunities to secure their spot in the state tournament. There was even an upset, which left a team understanding you have to come out and play before you step out on the floor.

ATLANTA, GA -- In post-season play, every bucket truly matters. For W.D. Mohammed, it was a matter of hitting a pair of free throws in the closing seconds that meant the difference of the state tournament and the end of the season.

ATLANTA, GA -- Sandy Creek didn't reinvent the wheel to advance to the Region 5-AAAA tournament championship on Monday. The Patriots used size, rebounding and good old-fashioned defense to put away a big and good-shooting Fayette County team 57-49 on Saturday night.

ATLANTA, GA – Since before the start of the season, Region 6 had an idea of which teams had the tools to punch their tickets into the state tournament.

Those teams secured those top-seeds going into the tournament before locking up their spots with wins on Saturday night at St. Pius X High School.

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- There are some things in life that just don't make sense. The last play in Alexander's 63-61 win over Carrollton is one of those things.

With time ticking away on the clock and down by three, Alexander junior guard Mikell Lands-Davis threw up a corner three-pointer only to have it sail a foot and a half short of the rim. Thinking his team won, Carrollton junior center Montae Glenn grabbed the ball on the way down and began to celebrate.

Carrollton was in the process of storming the court with the upset win that advanced the team to the Region 5-AAAA championship game on Monday.

But the referees thought otherwise. After a brief huddle, the officials ruled the shot was interfered by goal-tending and awarded Lands the three-point bucket, Alexander the win and home court advantage for the opening round of the state tournament (or possibly longer).

Welcome to the playoffs, where some things just don't make any sense.

Alexander head coach Jason Slate emerged from his team's locker room after the wild win and there was no ounce of joy written on his face. Despite his team's 22nd win of the season, he knew the Cougars snatched the game from the jaws of the basketball gods.

"I thought we were in a fog. It looked like we were snowed in for two weeks," Slate said. "I thought we were lethargic all night. We didn't know what we were in. Offensively, we were lost. We couldn't finish our plays. I thought we were outplayed tonight."

Alexander took a questionable shot with less than 30 seconds to play and missed. Carrollton took advantage and scored what they believed was the go-ahead basket with 3.5 seconds left to play. Carrollton had a foul to give and did so, giving Alexander less than 1.8 seconds left to get up a shot. They did and the questionable goal-tending call was made.

Slate was almost beside himself at his team's decision-making down the stretch.

"The last four minutes we decided that we were going to turn the heat up. For those four minutes, we were pretty darn good," Slate said. "But then we get to the end and you don't realize time, score, possession. All we had to do was dribble the ball out. That's all we had to do. We just weren't thinking and it almost cost us."

Jarel Rowe came alive in the second half for Carrollton. The sophomore scored 19 of his team-high 23 points in the second half and rallied his team in the final 16 minutes of action. Glenn was great all game, finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. He's been one of the most productive big men in Georgia this season.

Alexander was without leading scorer Hassani Gravett for the second straight game due to a hand injury suffered in a win over Fayette Country prior to the winter storms. The Cougars had good production from junior Artavius Love, who scored 18 points in the win.

"I thought Carrollton played really hard and it's a terrible way for them to lose," Slate said. "There were also a lot of other calls that could have gone our way, too."

Alexander will now play host to Sandy Creek for the championship and No. 1 seed out of Region 5-AAAA while Carrollton will play Fayette County for the third and fourth place seeds on Monday.

TRION, GA – A proverbial chess match broke out in the final game of the Region 6 Class A region tournament between Fellowship Christian and host Trion High.

Both teams countered the others strategy and there was some methodical thought behind every decision. The Bulldogs final decisions midway through the fourth quarter sealed its 43-34 victory over the Paladins on Friday.

Class A has already seen Randolph Clay and Turner County claim their respective region tournament championships. Six more teams are looking to end the bracket with a championship this week. Here are the remaining schedules.

Class AA's state bracket will be complete by Tuesday night as the rest of the region tournaments play out this week. Here are the rest of the schedules.

Savannah Johnson has claimed Region 1. Now seven other regions in Class AAA will crown a tournament champ this week. Here's a full schedule for the rest of the games on the docket this week. 

Class AAAA region tournaments are ready to play out this week. Here are the schedules for the games ahead. However, two regions are already complete. Westover won Region 1 and Rutland took home Region 2.

We are in the home stretch of the region tournaments. Class AAAAA is a funny group. Region 3-AAAAA has already crowned a champion as Jenkins won its region tourney. Then we have some regions that won't wrap things up until Wednesday. Here's the updated schedules for the classification.