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:
Date: Feb. 12th, 16th, & 18th
Contenders: Pebblebrook, McEachern, East Coweta
Breakdown: This has been one of 7A's most competitive regions all year long, with every team having the ability to beat another. Pebblebrook has been one of the best teams in the state this season and will be a state title contender behind their great senior backcourt and junior forward Jaiun Simon. The Falcons could potentially be looking at a region championship game with either McEachern or East Coweta, both of whom have played tough games against each other as well as against Pebblebrook. One of the key players in this tournament will be McEachern sophomore forward Ace Bailey, who has been great since returning from injury and gives McEachern added size and firepower.
Date: Feb. 15th-17th
Contenders: Newton, Grayson, South Gwinnett
Breakdown: With good teams and players across the board, this tournament should be interesting. We will get two good matchups in the semifinals with a potentially great region championship game. Newton is currently unbeaten in the region behind their great group of junior guards led by Stephon Castle, Jakai Newton, Qua Brown, and Marcus Whitlock. Grayson currently sits in second, with their only two region losses coming to Newton by a coming by a combined four points. If we get a Grayson-Newton region championship game, it will be must-see and an electric environment. However, South Gwinnett has had a great year and Parkview has plenty of ability with senior guard Asher Woods and sophomore guard Mike Matthews, and either team could spoil the party here.
Date: Feb. 11th, 12th, 14th, & 16th
Contenders: Berkmar, Norcross, Archer
Breakdown: A year ago, this region tournament had some of the best games that we saw all season. Berkmar has been the top dog of the region, currently sitting undefeated in region play led by senior big man and Ole Miss signee Malique Ewin (Pictured). The Patriots had two hard fought wins against Norcross, whose only region losses have come to Berkmar. Norcross has the guard play and skill level to make noise here as well as in the state tournament, where they will be contenders year in and year out. Archer always seems like the darkhorse in this region and will make any team that plays them earn it with their great guards and hard-playing, pressing style. No matter what matchups we end up with, this region should be a fun one to watch.
Site: Collins Hill
Date: Feb. 11th, 14th, & 16th
Contenders: North Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Mountain View
Breakdown: North Gwinnett will be the favorite in this one, going undefeated in region play led by Clemson signee RJ Godfrey & Lincoln Memorial commit Thomas Allard. Should everything fall into place, they will face the winner of Collins Hill & Mountain View in the region championship. That semifinal matchup between the Eagles & Bears should be a good one, with them splitting the regular season game one apiece.