Six GHSA Second Round Matchups to Watch



Cherokee vs. Berkmar


If you like frontcourt matchups, then this one is a can’t-miss. Cherokee senior forward and Xavier signee Elijah Tucker is playing the best basketball of his career and has been a force coming down the stretch. He will be going up against Berkmar four-star junior center Malique Ewin, who is a difficult player to handle because of his size at 6-foot-10 along with his mobility and skill set. The matchups on the perimeter will be very competitive as well between Cherokee’s Ethan Pickett, Taihland Owens, & Tayden Owens and Berkmar’s Jameel Rideout, Destin Logan, and Jermahri Hill.


Grayson vs. McEachern


This will be the second game of the year between these two giants, who faced off at the end of December. That game was close the whole way, with Grayson eventually coming out on top to win the Champions Classic. In that win, Grayson’s backcourt came up big with Tyrese Elliott scoring 20 points, and the Rams will need more of the same in this one. They will have a size advantage, so winning the perimeter matchups should bode well for them. However, with McEachern’s talented perimeter players like Georgia signee Cam McDowell and Randy Brady, that will not be easy.


Woodward Academy vs. Veterans


Since the draw came out, we have had this one circled in AAAAA. Veterans is still a team that nobody is talking about, coming into the game with an unbeaten record. They are led by junior wing TJ Grant (Pictured) and senior guard DeAngelo Hines, who combine for over 35 points per game. The defending champion Woodward Academy has a prolific senior duo of their own with Belmont signee Will Richard as well as Logan Stephens, who can both really fill it up.


Mt. Pisgah vs. Providence Christian


Georgia’s A-Private Classification has a lot of good second round matchups, and this one should be a lot of fun. Mount Pisgah is currently one of the hottest teams in the state, with a really good backcourt led by IPFW signee Jojo Peterson. Providence Christian also has a lot of offensive firepower. Look for a really good matchup on the interior between Pisgah senior forward Nate Gordon and Providence junior forward Tony Carpio.


Norcross vs. North Gwinnett


Norcross is coming off of a win in one of the best first round games against Denmark. However, the road will not get easier for the Blue Devils, traveling to North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs are one of the best shooting teams in the state and have a lot of offensive firepower. Junior wing RJ Godfrey is one of the most versatile players in the state and senior guard and UAH signee Brendan Rigsbee is as tough as they come. Norcross will need some more big play from senior guard Jaden Harris, who is full of confidence and has been playing really well down the stretch, including 21 points in the win over Denmark.


Pebblebrook vs. Newton


The dichotomy in this one provides a really fun storyline. Pebblebrook’s group of seniors bring loads of experience and toughness. South Alabama signee Tyler Shirley along with Georgia State signees Danny Stubbs and Jamall Clyce have a lot of winning qualities and are playing good basketball at the right time. On the other hand, Newton’s group is full of talented young players. Sophomore Stephon Castle and junior TJ Clark are big presences on the offensive side and sophomores Qua Brown, Jakai Newton, and MJ Whitlock round out the great Newton sophomore class.


Other Notable Games:


Wheeler vs. Lanier

Buford vs. Chattahoochee

Westlake vs. Heritage Conyers

Shiloh vs. Kell

Blessed Trinity vs. St. Pius X

Cedar Shoals vs. Stephenson

LaFayette vs. GAC

St. Francis vs. Galloway

Trinity Christian vs. Greenforest

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