High school basketball playoff changes announced

With the Arena at Gwinnett Center unavailable for the next two Final Fours, changes were inevitable for the state basketball playoffs. Some of those became clearer on Monday, though no new venue has been selected to replace Gwinnett.

State quarterfinal basketball games will now be hosted by the higher-seeded teams, rather than at neutral sites. Each class will then host semifinal matchups at the same site.

For the finals, all classifications will be held at one location with four title games on Thursday, four on Friday and six on Saturday.

The changes were approved Monday at the Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee meeting.