The chance of a state championship trophy being brought back to Atlanta is still very much alive as six Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teams advanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state basketball playoffs last weekend.
The Carver boys (16-13) have gotten hot at the right time. The Panthers won their fifth consecutive game last Saturday, defeating Loganville (Walton County), 54-45. Leading by just four points at halftime (20-16), Carver blew the game open by outscoring the Red Devils 16-7 in the third quarter. The Panthers, the Class AAAAA-Region 6 champs, will host Dutchtown (Henry County), the No. 2 seed from Region 2, Thursday at 7 p.m.
The South Atlanta boys (25-1) continued to roll, blasting Elbert County last Saturday, 85-51. The Hornets, the Class AA-Region 6 champions, will host Butler (Richmond County), the No. 2 seed from Region 4, Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Douglass girls (18-7) defeated Putnam County, 53-47, last Friday. The Astros, the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will travel to Augusta to take on Laney (Richmond County), the Region 4 champs, Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Maynard Jackson girls (22-2) continued their attempt to get back to the Class AAAAA title game by beating Clarke Central (Athens-Clarke County), 62-50, last Friday. The Jags will host Wayne County, the No. 3 seed from Region 2, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The Mays girls (18-9) went to Alpharetta (Fulton County) last Friday and came home with a 58-54 win. The Raiders, the No. 3 seed from Class AAAAAA-Region 5, will now host Greenbriar (Columbia County), the No. 4 seed from Region 3, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The South Atlanta girls (12-11) went on the road to Banks County and claimed a 68-62 win. The Hornets, the No. 3 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will go back on the road to face Bryan County, the top seed from Region 2, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Tickets to all second round games are $7.
Unfortunately, the season came to an end for five APS teams over the weekend:
The Maynard Jackson boys (19-9), the No. 3 seed from Class AAAAA – Region 6, were defeated at Cedar Shoals (Athens-Clarke County), the No. 2 seed from Region 8, 64-47.
The Mays boys (10-15), the No. 4 seed from Class AAAAAA – Region 5, fell at Pope (Cobb County), 59-51.
Both teams from Therrell lost. The boys’ squad (16-8), the No. 3 seed from Class AA-Region 6, dropped a close game at Monticello, 61-56, while the Panther girls (6-14), the No. 4 seed from Region 6, were defeated by Rabun County, 70-40.
The Washington boys (8-20), the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 6, were beaten by Banks County, 53-34.