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Final spots in state tournament secured; No. 6 Alexander boys upset

The final 17 spots in the Class AAAAAA boys and girls basketball tournaments were secured Wednesday when 11 boys teams and seven girls teams claimed victories in winner-take-all games.

Winning the elimination games were the boys teams from Jonesboro, Forest Park, Hughes, Mays, Tri-Cities, Creekview, Osborne, Alpharetta, Pope, Cambridge and Dunwoody and the girls squads from Lovejoy, Jonesboro, Sequoyah, River Ridge, Dacula and Habersham Central. All advanced to the semifinals of their region tournaments, thus guaranteeing a spot in the state tournament.

The biggest upset with a state berth at stake came on the boys’ side of Region 5, where sixth-ranked and No. 3 seed Alexander was eliminated by sixth-seeded Tri-Cities 56-54. Alexander won both regular-season games against the Bulldogs, including an 82-66 victory less than two weeks ago.

The other big upset in Wednesday’s play, although not in an elimination game, came in Region 2, where the top-seeded Richmond Hills boys lost to No. 4 seed Effingham County 59-47. The loss puts Richmond Hill in Friday’s third-place game against No. 2 seed Glynn Academy, which lost to No. 3 seed Brunswick 65-61. Richmond Hill and Glynn Academy will both be on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Listed below are the 32 boys teams and 32 girls teams that will advance to the state tournament, which begins on Feb. 17. The teams’ seedings for the playoffs and the first-round matchups will be updated as the region tournaments reach their semifinal and final rounds.

Region 1

Boys: Coffee, Valdosta, Northside-Warner Robins, Lee County

Girls: Northside-Warner Robins, Valdosta, Houston County, Coffee

Region 2

Boys: Richmond Hill, Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Effingham County

Girls: Brunswick, Glynn Academy, Bradwell Institute, Richmond Hill

Region 3

Boys: Lakeside-Evans, Heritage-Conyers, Greenbrier, Alcovy

Girls: Grovetown, Greenbrier, Heritage-Conyers, Evans

Region 4

Boys: Jonesboro, Stephenson, Tucker, Forest Park

Girls: Lovejoy, Tucker, Stephenson, Jonesboro

Region 5

Boys: South Paulding, Hughes, Mays, Tri-Cities

Girls: Douglas County, Mays, New Manchester, South Paulding

Region 6

Boys: Allatoona, South Cobb, Creekview, Osborne

Girls: Harrison, Creekview, Sequoyah, River Ridge

Region 7

Boys: Alpharetta, Pope, Cambridge, Dunwoody

Girls: Northview, Chattahoochee, Alpharetta, Pope

Region 8

Boys: Gainesville, Dacula, Lanier, Winder-Barrow

Girls: Winder-Barrow, Gainesville, Dacula, Habersham Central

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