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Wild final week alters region hoops tournaments' seeding

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Photo by Brandon Brigman

Thanks to plenty of drama in Friday night’s regular season finales, there was little drama when the Gwinnett’s two Class AAAAA regions met Saturday to determine seedings for their upcoming basketball tournaments next week.

The two regions’ girls brackets produced the biggest surprises, at least based on state rankings heading into the final week of the regular season.

In Region 8-AAAAA, unranked Parkview was not expecting to earn the top seed even after the Panthers upset archival and top-ranked Brookwood on Tuesday.

Region hoops

Region 7-AAAAA

Tuesday-Saturday at Mill Creek

GIRLS (seeds in parentheses)

Tuesday

4 p.m. — (1) North Gwinnett vs. (8) Meadowcreek

7 p.m. — (4) Collins Hill vs. (5) Mill Creek

Wednesday

4 p.m. — (2) Norcross vs. (7) Mountain View

7 p.m. — (3) Duluth vs. (6) Peachtree Ridge

Friday (Semifinals)

4 p.m. — North/Meadowcreek vs. Collins Hill/Mill Creek

7 p.m. — Norcross/Mtn. View vs. Duluth/P’tree Ridge

Saturday

1 p.m. — Third-place game

4:30 p.m. — Championship game

BOYS

Tuesday

5:30 p.m. — (4) North Gwinnett vs. (5) Meadowcreek

7:30 p.m. — (1) Peachtree Ridge vs. (8) Mountain View

Wednesday

5:30 p.m. — (2) Norcross vs. (7) Duluth

8:30 p.m. — (3) Collins Hill vs. (6) Mill Creek

Friday (semifinals)

5:30 p.m. — North/Meadowcreek vs. P’tree Ridge/Mtn. View

7:30 p.m. — Norcross/Duluth vs. Collins Hill/Mill Creek

Saturday

2:30 p.m. — Third-place game

6 p.m. — Championship game

Region 8-AAAAA

Monday-Saturdayat Parkview

GIRLS

Monday

6 p.m. — (8) Grayson vs. (9) Shiloh

Tuesday

4 p.m. — (2) Brookwood vs. (7) Archer

7 p.m. — (1) Parkview vs. Shiloh/Grayson

Wednesday

4 p.m. — (4) Berkmar vs. (5) Central Gwinnett

7 p.m. — (3) South Gwinnett vs. (6) Dacula

Friday (semifinals)

4 p.m. — Brookwood/Archer vs. South/Dacula

6 p.m. — Parkview/Grayson/Shiloh vs. Berkmar/Central

Saturday

3 p.m. — Third-place game

6 p.m. — Championship game

BOYS

Monday

7:30 p.m. — (8) Archer vs. (9) Grayson

Tuesday

5:30 p.m. — (2) Central Gwinnett vs. (7) Parkview

8:30 p.m. — (1) South Gwinnett vs. Archer/Grayson

Wednesday

5:30 p.m. — (4) Dacula vs. (5) Brookwood

8:30 p.m. — (3) Berkmar vs. (6) Shiloh

Friday (semifinals)

5:30 p.m. — Central/Parkview vs. Berkmar/Shiloh

7:30 p..m — South/Archer/Grayson vs. Dacula/Brookwood

Saturday

4:30 p.m. — Third-place game

7:30 p.m. — Championship game

However, the Broncos’ loss to another crosstown rival, South Gwinnett, on Friday threw them into a tie with Parkview atop the region standings.

And in the region’s third tie-breaker, the Panthers received the top tournament seed and a date Tuesday with the winner of Monday’s play-in game between Grayson and Shiloh on its own home floor.

“I knew something was up when I had all these (voicemail) messages,” joked Parkview coach Mike McCoy, who was out of town for the weekend with his team having an open date on Friday. “It’s nice to be the No. 1 seed and play on our home court. Now we get to play at 7 o’clock (on Tuesday). That helps with us having fan support. Our team has been an evolving process all year, and we’re starting to find a couple of things that are working for us. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get better and better and make a little (postseason) run.”

Over in Region 7-AAAAA, North Gwinnett’s second-straight upset of No. 2 Norcross, gave the unranked Bulldogs the No. 1 seed and a berth with No. 8 seed Meadowcreek, when the tournament commences at Mill Creek on Tuesday.

No. 4 Peachtree Ridge earned the boys No. 1 seed outright with its win at No. 3 Collins Hill on Friday.

However, with No. 7 Norcross, a strong North Gwinnett team and potential upstarts Meadowcreek and Mill Creek in the mix, the region tournament could be one of the more wide-open ones in recent history.

The same holds true for the Region 8-AAAAA boys tournament, in which South Gwinnett holds the top seed and a berth with either Archer or Grayson at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parkview.

While the Comets have held the lead most of the way through the region schedule, recent losses to Brookwood and Dacula and tough wins over Brookwood, Shiloh and Grayson, plus what figures to be strong challenges by Central Gwinnett and Berkmar — tell coach Scott Bracco nothing will come easy.

“Seeding doesn’t really matter (in the region tournament),” Bracco said. “It really only means a jersey color. Every game is going to be a dogfight. I’m extremely proud of my team this year. We had a young, inexperienced team playing in a great league with great coaches and a tough 16-game schedule.”