Both Alcovy basketball teams wrapped up regular-season play Saturday with a pair of road wins. The girls topped Union Grove 41-23 in the first game of the day while the boys cruised to a 64-43 win over the Wolverines.
The wins gave both teams identical 22-3 overall and 12-0 subregion records and first round byes in the region tournament at Whitewater. The tournament begins tomorrow.
Alcovy’s boys will play the winner of the Ola-Whitewater game. Those teams play tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Alcovy’s game is Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
The girls will play the winner of tomorrow’s game between Griffin and Harris County. Their game is Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Eastside’s boys posted a 1-1 record against Region 4-AAA opponents last week and finish the season with a pair of region games at home this week. They opened last week with a 49-41 win over Stockbridge before falling to Drew 78-63. They took on Spalding yesterday and wrap up region play Friday against Jackson.
At 9-5 in the region, the Eagles sit in third place, a game up on Henry County and two clear of Stockbridge but three and a half games behind second place Drew. The Eagles can wrap up the third seed heading into next week’s region tournament with a pair of wins, a pair of Henry County losses or a split by both teams.
Eastside’s boys are looking to return to the state playoffs after a missing them last year. They were the only team of the six among the three schools not to reach the postseason a year ago.
The girls also earned a split against the same teams last week and are in a similar position as the boys with two games left in region play. They defeated Stockbridge 57-41 behind 17 points from Alexia Somerset to start last week before falling to Drew 68-39.
At 10-4 in Region 4-AAA, the Lady Eagles are two up on Henry County and can secure the third seed with a win against either Spalding or Jackson or a Henry County loss.
The Rams had their 7-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Westlake Saturday and fell into a three-way tie for second place in Region 2-AAAAA with M.L. King and Langston Hughes. Newton’s boys hosted East Coweta yesterday and finish the regular season on the road at Luella.
By virtue of splitting both series against M.L. King and Langston Hughes, Newton’s best shot at securing the second seed in next week’s region tournament is winning out. Should the Rams do that, they’d earn the No. 2 seed. Langston Hughes and M.L. King play each other to finish the regular season.
The girls also lost to Westlake and saw their chances at a No. 2 seed slip through their fingers. At 7-4, the Lady Rams are tied with Luella for the third spot and they face the Lady Lions to close the season. Newton’s girls could tie Westlake for second in the standings based on records but the latter owns the tiebreaker by virtue of their season sweep over the Lady Rams.