With the Georgia High School Association delaying the start of the state basketball tournament and allowing regions until Wednesday to complete their tournaments, at least one local region is taking advantage.
Region 8-AAAAAA decided earlier this week that no games would be played Friday, even if school had not been canceled. The tournament now begins at Berkmar on Monday, giving the team’s Saturday as a practice day.
The Region 8-AAAAAA boys will play their four games, beginning at 4 p.m. at Berkmar and the girls will play on the same schedule at Brookwood. Tuesday and Wednesday’s scheduled times won’t change for the semifinals or finals and those will be held at Berkmar.
The biggest challenge for the Region 8-AAAAAA committee was ensuring each team had an opportunity to practice before jumping into games after such a long layoff.
“I think that’s the most fair thing for all teams,” said Berkmar athletic director and head boys basketball coach Greg Phillips. “Plus, you don’t want kids getting injured coming off such a long rest. We thought this was the best thing for our kids and our region.”
Region 7-AAAAAA also will use Saturday as a practice day with the tournament beginning on Monday. Games will be split between Collins Hill and Norcross beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Region 7-AAAAAA secretary Dolford Layson, said this is the strangest scenario he’s ever seen.
“We’ve gone through all the scenarios,” Layson said. “This is my last ream of paper. We are not going to put anyone at a disadvantage.”
The only wrinkle for 7-AAAAAA was Habersham Central, the only non-Gwinnett school, but Layson said the coaches and administrators at the Mt. Airy school were extremely cooperative.
Lanier is hosting the Region 8-AAAA tournament and plans to restart it’s tournament Saturday, following by the semifinals on Monday and the finals Tuesday.
For Buford and Class AAA, they also won’t play games Friday, opting instead to hopefully begin play Saturday with games at Dawson County, North Hall and Buford. Both Buford teams will play at home beginning at 4 p.m. The semifinals and finals will be Monday and Tuesday at Buford at 4 p.m.
“If we can get those teams in here Saturday, we’d like to play Saturday,” Buford girls coach Gene Durden said.
The same is true for Wesleyan and GAC in Class AA. Wesleyan is waiting until all decisions are made about school Friday since Region 6-AA spreads into DeKalb and Fulton counties.
But the biggest help for all the regions was the added time granted by the Georgia High School Association to complete the tournaments.
“The state came through and made a good decision,” Layson said.
“It’s tough there is no doubt about that,” Phillips said.
at Collins Hill
3:30 p.m. — No. 6 Peachtree Ridge girls vs. No. 3 Duluth
5 p.m. — No. 5 Peachtree Ridge boys vs. No. 4 Meadowcreek
6:30 p.m. — No. 7 Collins Hill girls vs. No. 2 Mountain View
8 p.m. — No. 6 Duluth vs. No. 3 Collins Hill
3:30 p.m. — No. 5 NG girls vs. No. 4 Mill Creek
5 p.m.— No. 8 Habersham Central boys vs. No. 1NG
6:30 p.m. — No. 8 Habersham Central girls. vs. No. 1 Norcross
8 p.m. — No. 7 Mill Creek boys vs. No. 2 Norcross
at Collins Hill
4 p.m. — No. 2 Shiloh boys vs. No. 7 Brookwood
5:30 p.m. — No. 3 Grayson boys vs. No. 6 South Gwinnett girls
7 p.m. — No. 1 Berkmar boys vs. No. 9 Parkview
8:30 p.m. — No. 4 Central Gwinnett boys vs. No. 5 Dacula
4 p.m. —No. 2 Parkview girls vs. No. 7 Shiloh
5:30 p.m. — No. 3 Central Gwinnett girls vs. No. 6 Grayson
7 p.m. — No. 1 Archer girls vs. No. 8 Brookwood
8:30 p.m. — No. 4 Dacula girls vs. No. 5 South Gwinnett