R8 #4 Grayson 60, R1 #2 Lee County 58: Austin Dukes did it again, this time hitting the game-winner with 1.1 seconds left to rally the Rams into the Elite Eight. Dukes finished with 22 points, five rebounds and six steals. Alphonso Willis added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tre Sconiers posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Grayson meets another set of Rams, No. 8 Newton, at West Georgia.
R2 #1 Newton 63, R7 #3 Peachtree Ridge 61: The No. 8 Rams survived at home thanks to JD Notae’s 27 points and four steals. Jaquan Simms finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Josh Tukes contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Ashton Hagans racked up nine assists to go with his six points. Newton draws Grayson at West Georgia in the Elite Eight.
R3 #3 Campbell 70, R6 #1 Lambert 65: Lambert cut the deficit to 65-63 with just over a minute left, but the Spartans beat the Longhorns’ full-court press and held on for the narrow five-point victory. Campbell held a 51-48 lead at the end of the third quarter after trailing 32-30 at the half. Laz Walker came up huge in the second half and scored 18 of his team-high 20 points. Mike Olmert finished with 18 points and eight assists and Jovahn Dunham and Randy McClure each scored 10 points. McClure also added eight rebounds in the victory.
R3 #1 Westlake 61, R7 #2 Norcross 50: Two top five teams met in the second round with No. 2 Westlake prevailing over No. 3 Norcross. Chuma Okeke went for 17 points and 12 rebounds while Jamie Lewis scored 17 of his own. Ronald Bell chipped in 11 and Raquan Wilkins had nine. Norcross received 19 points and five steals from freshman Kyle Sturdivant. Lance Thomas had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in the loss.
R5 #2 Milton 56, R1 #1 Tift County 54: No. 4 Tift County fell in a wild affair to Milton, a team looking like it is finally hitting its stride at the right time. Milton rallied from down eight at the half, using a high-tempo attack to catch the Blue Devils off guard. Justin Brown hit a three with three seconds left and Alex O’Connell came away with a steal to ice it. Brown finished with nine points while O’Connell netted 15 and grabbed six boards. Kendrick Summerour scored 11 points. Big men Chris Lewis and Kyrin Galloway battled inside with Lewis coming away with eight points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks while Galloway posted seven points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
R4 #1 McIntosh 87, R8 #2 Gainesville 84: Chase Walter threw down an And-1 dunk with 1.1 seconds left to stun Gainesville and advance to the Elite Eight. On the inbound, Walter slammed it home, but it looked as if the scorekeepers ticked off an extra second or two, leaving the Red Elephants with just 1.1 seconds left. A last second heave fell short. No. 3 McIntosh trailed for most of the game until the fourth quarter where the senior leadership of Jordan Lyons, Will Washington, Dishon Lowery shone through. Lyons finished with 24 points while Washington netted 31. D’Marcus Simonds’ illustrious career ended with a 34 point effort.
R6 #1 Miller Grove 64, R2 #2 Richmond Academy 57: It wasn’t easy, but somehow No. 1 Miller Grove found a way to sneak past a ferocious Musketeer team out of Augusta. Trailing for most of the night, the Wolverines looked to Alterique Gilbert and Aaron Augustin to finally get them over the hump. Gilbert finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals while Augustin went for 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Raylon Richardson was a game-changer inside with eight points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks. The Wolverines draw No. 8 South Paulding in the Elite Eight.
R6 #2 Southwest DeKalb 65, R2 #1 Warner Robins 60: Southwest DeKalb proved they are still a force to be reckoned with even after slipping from the latest top ten poll after a blow out loss to No. 1 Miller Grove in the Region 6 championship. Darius Hogan scored 17 points to pace four Panthers in double figures in their win over No. 7 Warner Robins. Mandarius Dickerson netted 16, Keith Gilmore scored 15 and Nathaniel Ambersley added 13 in the win. The Panthers meet undefeated No. 2 Allatoona at Columbus State University.
R5 #1 Allatoona 52, R4 #3 Morrow 41: The No. 2 Bucs moved onto the Elite Eight behind Kevin Perry’s 21-point effort. He also collected three steals and four rebounds. Ephraim Tshimanga finished with 15 points, four rebounds and five steals. Trey Doomes used a balanced night with eight points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
R5 #2 South Paulding 62, R1 #1 LaGrange 60: Kane Williams poured in 33 points, seven rebounds and four assists to move the Spartans to the Elite Eight where they will face No. 1 Miller Grove. Anthony Brown had nine points and 16 rebounds in the win.
R8 #1 Cedar Shoals 71, R4 #2 Mundy’s Mill 52: No. 4 Cedar Shoals led 38-27 at the half and increased the lead to 57-42 entering the final quarter. Phlandrous Fleming led Cedar Shoals with 16 points and six rebounds, but the Jaguars were supported by a wealth of contributors. Snipe Hall netted 14 points and Stavion Stevenson hit double-figures with 12 points to go with his seven rebounds. Jerrick Mitchell added eight points and seven assists and Chris Gresham turned in seven points and six rebounds.
R6 #4 St. Pius 56, R3 #2 Thomson 55: It was an unbelievable game with a deafening crowd. After a back and forth first half, No. 8 St. Pius walked into the locker room with a 1-point lead (25-24) at halftime. Carson Seramur got hot from three in the third quarter and Pius made a run to take a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter, 43-31. However, Thomson closed the gap to six at the end of the third, 46-40 in favor of the Golden Lions to start the fourth. To open the final frame Thomson hit a three and got a steal and layup to cut Pius’ lead to 46-45 and the crowd went crazy. The game went back and forth the rest of the way and with 1:30 left after a Kerney Lane missed free throw, Thomson had the ball tied 55-55. Thomson tried to hold for one shot but Pius’ pressure forced a Thomson turnover. With 21.8 seconds left the Golden Lions got the ball and freshman Matt Gonzalo was fouled with six seconds left. The freshman calmly sank the first but missed the second. Thomson flew down the court and missed a 3 at the buzzer as time expired. Lane led St. Pius with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Seramur added 13 points. Gonzalo totaled seven assists in the win. The Golden Lions get a rematch with No. 1 Jonesboro in the Elite Eight, the two-time defending champs ended Pius’ season last year in the second round.
R4 #1 Jonesboro 51, R5 #3 Carrollton 50: The rematch of last year’s state championship unfolded in a similar way: No. 1 Jonesboro finding a way to win. MJ Walker finished with 20 points and seven rebounds to help the Cardinals survive the Trojans on their quest to a three-peat. Tariq Jenkins had 14 points and four rebounds while Eric Lovett (8) and Zerrick Cooper (9) combined for 17. Carrollton received 19 points from Desmond Webb and 14 from Carson Culverhouse.
R6 #2 Lithonia 82, R3 #4 New Hampstead 61: No. 4 Lithonia moves onto the Elite Eight following a strong and balanced performance. Jacara Cross finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Rodney Chatman added seven points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, six steals and three blocks. Tylon Patterson posted 16 points and eight rebounds. Tyheem Freeman netted 14.
R5 #1 Sandy Creek 85, R1 #2 Bainbridge 71: Five players scored in double figures as No. 10 Sandy Creek blew past No. 9 Bainbridge. Elias Harden had 20 points and six rebounds while Christian Turner finished with 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Evan Jester (16), Javon Jackson (14) and Keith Heard (11) all contributed.
R2 #1 Central-Macon 69, R7 #3 Banks County 67: The No. 4 ranked Chargers rallied to win on a Derrick Evans buzzer beater, sending Central-Macon to the Elite Eight. Evans finished with seven points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Kentravious Jones posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Anterious McCoy exploded for 24 points and 10 rebounds. Rakwon Iverson added 17 points. Zac Steeple led the Leopards with 27, but was held to eight in the second half.
R6 #1 Calhoun 71, R3 #2 Westside-Macon 43: Host No. 3 Calhoun built a 54-37 lead at the end of the third quarter after outscoring Westside-Augusta 21-13 in the period. Chapin Rierson was a force in the paint and led Calhoun with 28 points and 22 rebounds, while teammate Kaelan Riley added a double-double with 15 points and 16 boards.
R3 #2 Westside-Augusta 79, R7 #1 East Hall 59: After scoring just four points in the first half, Dekwan Lewis ignited for 19 points to lead the Patriots with a game-high 23 points. Damontrez Hawes carried the Patriots in the first half, where he netted 12 of his 16 points and helped Westside build a 32-21 halftime lead.
R8 #1 Morgan County 68, R4 #2 North Clayton 54: The No. 1 ranked Bulldogs rolled into the Elite Eight with an impressive win over a tough North Clayton team. Jailyn Ingram and Devorious Brown scored 19 and 14 points respectively. Alec Woodward finished with 18. Morgan County now gets a rematch with No. 3 Laney, who they beat 65-63 earlier this year and last year, beat 68-62 in the semifinals ending Laney’s season.
R3 #1 Laney 91, R7 #2 Lumpkin County 45: Christian Keeling and Zep Jasper overwhelmed the overmatched Indians, ending Lumpkin County’s magical turnaround season. Keeling finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals while Jasper tagged on 17 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Tahj Tanskley and Dejuan Griffin both cracked double figures, scoring 14 and 10 respectively.
R1 #1 Jenkins 71, R8 #3 Jackson County 50: The dream season fell short as the Panthers lost to defending state champ, No. 5 Jenkins. Seniors Preston Giroux (17) and Joel Ellis (14) played admirably in their final games. The Panthers finish 18-12 after a 4-22 season last year. Jenkins moves on to face undefeated No. 2 Calhoun in the Elite Eight.
R6 #2 Lovett 76, R2 #1 Long County 61: The Lions received 18 points from Henry Richardson to advance to the Elite Eight. Charles Nastopoulos chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds while Ryan Greer finished with 16 points and seven assists for No. 6 Lovett. Long County was led by Perrell Brisbane, Terry Smith and Eric Shaw, all of whom scored 14 points.
R6 #1 Pace Academy 69, R3 #3 Jefferson County 58: Pace Academy outscored Jefferson County 20-12 in the third quarter to grow its lead to 57-43. Wendell Carter led the Knights with his game-high 35 points and 20 rebounds. Zack Kaminsky and Tsaiah Kelly each finished with 14 points. Jefferson County was led by Tahkwon King’s team-high 28 points.
R6 #4 Holy Innocents’ 61, R3 #2 Swainsboro 58: After a controversial finish a year ago, the Golden Bears got their sweet revenge, downing the No. 9 Tigers. Jules Erving finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Brent Duncan went for 15 and seven. Cole Smith netted 18 in the win. Holy Innocents’ now meets No. 2 Crawford County in the Elite Eight.
#4 Stratford Academy 87, #13 Walker 59: Nate Brooks battled with Harvard signee Robert Baker inside and finished with 23 points to help lift the Eagles to the second round of the state tournament. Quintez Cephus, a Wisconsin football signee, added 21 points. James Mitchell (12) and Tommy McCook (10) both finished in double digits for Coach Jamie Dickey.
#1 Greenforest 78, #16 First Presbyterian Day 40: Justin Forrest scored 22 points and handed out five assists as No. 1 Greenforest advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. John Ogwuche, a New Hampshire signee netted 17 points and collected five assists. Precious Ayah had 14 points and Ikey Obiagu went for 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
#5 North Cobb Christian 71, #12 Christian Heritage 50: Demiere Brown led the Eagles to a first round playoff victory with 22 points and nine rebounds. Will Crumly posted 13 points and nine rebounds for No. 3 North Cobb Christian. Hunter Norman added 11 points and nine assists.
#13 Lincoln County 87, #4 Randolph-Clay 79 OT: Down 11 with 1:57 left didn’t stop Lincoln County from winning its first state playoff game in nearly three decades. Ahmad Rand collected another triple-double with 24 points, 20 rebounds and 15 blocks. Rand hit a free throw with two seconds left to send the game to overtime. Zach Crite netted 29 to pace the Red Devils. Devon Holloway chipped in 14.