As the regular season comes to an end, we start to look forward at the postseason, beginning with region tournaments. Here is a look at the biggest and most important region tournaments in the Peach's 6A Classification:
Dates: Feb. 14th-16th
Contenders: Westlake, Tucker, Langston Hughes
Breakdown: Westlake has been one of the best teams in all of 6A this season, including an undefeated 12-0 record in the region behind Charleston Southern signee Gaddis Heath as well as Mitchell Taylor & Jalal McKie. However, winning the tournament won't come easy with the likes of Tucker & Hughes. Tucker went 10-2 in the region, with both losses coming in close fashion to Westlake. Hughes is coming into the tournament winners of four straight and are a very good defensive team, which will bode well for them in postseason play.
Dates: Feb. 14th-17th
Contenders: Wheeler, Osborne, Kell, Pope, Allatoona
Breakdown: Wheeler is the consensus favorite in 6A again this year, but a run through the state tournament starts with their play in the region tournament. Region POY Isaiah Collier has cemented his five star status all year and makes the Wildcats a very tough out in the postseason. Kell & Osborne were very good all season too, and both teams played Wheeler very closely in the regular season matchups and are capable of providing an upset. It will also be interesting to watch which teams make the semifinals and advance to state with the depth of this region, including Pope & Allatoona, both of whom have had solid years.
Site: Cambridge, Sequoyah, Creekview
Dates: Feb. 12th, 15th, 17th, & 18th
Contenders: River Ridge, Centennial, Sequoyah, Chattahoochee
Breakdown: The potential semifinals in this region would be some of the better matchups in any region across the state. When we talk seeding for the state tournament, this one is all up in the air and we could see a number of possible combinations. River Ridge has great size with senior bigs Braden Pierce & Jared Russo. Centennial has great seniors and a dynamic junior guard in Mansir Williamson. Sequoyah's senior backcourt Dylan Wolle & Kyle Keener both eclipsed the 1000-point mark this season and are one of the state's better duos. Chattahoochee has loads of talent and experience. Seeing this region shake out will be fun. Riverwood sophomore guard Karris Bilal has the potential to spoil the party with the ability to put up big numbers on any given night.
Dates: Feb. 14th, 16th, 18th, & 19th
Contenders: Buford, Shiloh, Dacula, Habersham Central, Lanier
Breakdown: Buford has had a great season under Benjie Wood, finishing 10-1 in region play behind seniors Alahn Sumler & Jaylon Taylor. They will be tested by a couple of teams, including Shiloh who started 19-0 to start the year and will be looking to get back on track. Dacula & UGA Commit Mari Jordan have the potential to provide an upset behind their guardplay. Habersham Central has some great seniors including Malachi Dooley & Mekhi Mawdesley. Lanier has a talented sophomore trio in CJ Hyland, Jayce Nathaniel, & Tahai Morgan that can make some noise as well.