Georgia High School March Madness

Georgia State Playoffs: Norcross Stuns Milton; Wilkinson County Finishes As State's Lone Unbeaten

Wilkinson might stand as only non-metro Atlanta champion with three played and two to go in Macon.

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Columbia Goes Back-To-Back, Defeats Butler To Defend Class 3A Title

Columbia (30-3) pulled away in the second half en route to a 19 point win over Butler (25-8), who last won the state championship in 1966.

For Columbia, a metro Atlanta school, the 56-37 win was the program's second consecutive title and fourth since the 2006 season under head coach Phillip McCrary.

Butler, located in Augusta, trailed by eight at the half, but was able to muster only 15 second half points as Columbia gradually pulled away.

Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Columbia with 22 points on 9-14 shooting and four assists. 13 of those points came in the first quarter as Columbia led from buzzer-to-buzzer.

Chris Washington scored 14 points to lead Butler. Dan Lambert also chipped in 12 in the losing effort.

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Greater Atlanta Christian Dominates To Repeat As Class 2A Champions

After two close regular-season contests versus Buford, Greater Atlanta Christian (28-5) left no doubt in the title game, winning 76-36 Saturday afternoon in Macon behind Virginia recruit Malcolm Brogdon.

Brogdon outscored Buford in the first quarter on his own and finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds to secure a second straight title.

Sophomore A.J. Davis and Trent Boyd contributed to the win with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

For coach Eddie Martin, the win marks his fifth state championship and second with Greater Atlanta Christian.

Alex Flagler was Buford's lone double-digit scorer with 12 points. No other player on Buford's roster managed more than six in the losing effort.

Buford, better known for its eight state titles in football, was attempting to win its first boys basketball championship in school history.

Both teams are Atlanta area schools and play in the same Region 6-AA during the regular season.

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Georgia State Playoffs: Metro Atlanta Sweep Won't Happen Again

The metro Atlanta sweep of the five boys championships in 2010 won't be repeated. To many, that's a surprise in Georgia's state tournament, which began its semifinals Wednesday in Macon and Duluth.

In Class A on Wednesday, Terrell County of south Georgia defeated tournament favorite Whitefield Academy, a metro area private school, 66-63. Whitefield is a two-time past Class A champion that was runner-up last year.

In the other semifinal, Wilkinson County of middle Georgia beat Greenville 66-48. Terrell and Wilkinson will meet in the final on Saturday, guaranteeing at least one non-Atlanta team to claim a title.

The other final that was established Wednesday was Miller Grove vs. Rockdale County in AAAA. Miller Grove is nationally ranked and the two-time defending champion. Its front line led by junior blue-chip prospect Tony Parker is Georgia's most feared.

Rockdale, led by Tennessee-bound guard Kevin Ware, hasn't been to a final since winning in 1987, only to forfeit the title because of ineligible players.

Finals will be played Friday in the Gwinnett Place Arena in Duluth and Saturday at the Macon Centreplex in Macon.

In the other classes, Milton (AAAAA), Columbia (AAA) and Greater Atlanta Christian (AA) are expected to repeat as champions. Milton is ranked No. 3 nationally by USA Today and MaxPreps.

Georgia schedule:


SEMIFINALS

Wednesday

Class A (Macon)

Wilkinson County 66, Greenville 48
Terrell County 66, Whitfield Academy 63

Class AAAA (Duluth)

Miller Grove 65, Jonesboro 52
Rockdale County 66, Fayette County 64

Thursday

Class AA (Macon)

5:30 p.m. - Buford vs. Laney
8:30 p.m. - Greater Atlanta Christian vs. Swainsboro

Class AAAAA (Duluth)

5:30 p.m. - Norcross vs. Valdosta
8:30 p.m. - Milton vs. Tift County

Friday

Class AAA (Macon)

5:30 p.m. - Columbia vs. Eagle's Landing
8:30 p.m. - Franklin County vs. Butler

FINALS

Friday

4:45 p.m. - Class 4A
8:30 p.m. - Class 5A

Saturday

12:45 p.m. - Class A
4:45 p.m. - Class AA
8:45 p.m. - Class AAA

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Wilkinson County Finishes Perfect Season Defeating Terrell County 75-68 For Class 1A Title

Wilkinson County (32-0), Georgia's lone undefeated boys team, capped off a perfect season with a state championship victory over Terrell County (27-4) Saturday afternoonin the Class A final in Macon.

Vashon Jones led Wilkinson County, located in middle Georgia, with 27 points, including 19 in the fourth to stave off a Terrell County comeback.

Terrell County (27-4) was led by Terel Hall who contributed 19 points in the loss.

The win marks the team's fifth state title since 1999 under head coach Aaron Geter and avenges a loss to Terrell County in last year's quarterfinals - Wilkinson County's only loss in two years (56-1 overall).

Terrell County, a South Georgia school, had previously beaten title favorite Whitefield County to ensure Atlanta area schools would not sweep the state championship tournament.

Prior to the loss, Terrell County had won nine consecutive games, falling just short of its first state championship since 1984.

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Georgia Boys Finals: Norcross Stuns Nationally Ranked Milton

Duluth - Milton's dream of back-to-back state titles, even a national title, crashed Friday night when Norcross, the last Georgia team to repeat in Class AAAAA, came from 10 points down in the fourth quarter and won 59-55.

Milton, a team with four Division I signees and two blue-chip juniors, led 49-39 with six minutes to play.

Norcross guard Chris Bolden, a junior who is committed to Miami, led the comeback. He scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws to break the final tie with 28 seconds left. He made two more with 5 seconds left.

Milton, which had been ranked No. 3 by USA Today and other polls, finished 29-3. Its 19-game winning streak was ended.

Norcross, which started 3-6, won its final 17.

Milton's Shannon Scott scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, but he was scoreless in the final quarter. Evan Nolte scored 15 points, nine of them on 3-pointers.

For Norcross, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa scored 13 points and had 14 rebounds. E. Victor Nickerson, who made a critical 3-pointer for a tie in the fourth quarter, finished with 15.

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Georgia Finals: Miller Grove Achieves Its Three-Peat in AAAA

Duluth, Ga. -- Nationally ranked Miller Grove became the 10th team in Georgia history to win three straight state titles in boys basketball on Friday. The Wolverines (32-1) defeated Rockdale County 67-59 in Georgia's Class AAAA final at the Gwinnett Place Arena.

Rockdale, seeking its first state title, never led and once trailed by 15 but was tied 53-53 with 4:37 left. From there, Miller Grove went on a 9-1 run and held Rockdale to only one more field goal.

Miller Grove played without Henry Brooks, a 6-8 senior forward and the team's second-leading scorer.

Tony Parker, a 6-9 junior post player, was plenty to keep Rockdale on the ropes inside as he scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Brandon Morris, another 6-8 forward on what many consider Georgia's best high school front line, scored 11 points.

Miller Grove's guards were outstanding, especially in the first half. Justin Colvin, who replaced Brooks in the starting lineup, scored all 11 of his points in the first half. That included two 3-point shots. Devon Provost scored 12.

Rockdale (26-6) was led in scoring by Bernard Thompson, who had 14 points. Carren Wilson and Darion Clark had 12. Kevin Ware, a guard who has signed with Tennessee, was limited to five.

Miller Grove is ranked in the top 25 of several national polls and has a shot at a final Top 10 national ranking. Miller Grove coach Sharman White believes his team's three-peat was more difficult than many nationally might imagine.

‘'It's extremely challenging because we've got a bull's eye on us all year long,'' White said. "We played some of the best teams all over the country. It prepared us for this.''

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Georgia State Playoffs: Milton, Norcross Play For AAAAA Title On Friday

Defending champion Milton, a team that's nationally ranked in the top five of most polls, seeks to defend its Class AAAAA title in Georgia on Friday against Norcross at the Gwinnett Place Arena.

It is a rematch of a controversial quarterfinal played in 2010, when Milton won 52-51. Julian Royal, a 6-foot-9 forward who has signed with Georgia Tech, was fouled at the buzzer and made two free throws for the win.

Milton (29-2) has won 19 straight games. It defeated Tift County 75-53 on Friday, when. Jordan Loyd, who has signed with Furman, scored 27 points. Other top Milton players are guards Dai-Jon Parker (signed with Vanderbilt) and Shannon Scott (Ohio State).

Norcross (23-9) has won 16 straight after a rough start. Chris Bolden, a guard committed to Miami, scored 26 points in a 70-61 semifinal victory over Valdosta. Norcross won state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with current NBA players Al-Farouq Aminu and Gani Lawal.

In the AAAA final Friday, Miller Grove plays Rockdale County. Miller Grove is the two-time champion and beat Milton in December.

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