Lakeside was 13-12 heading into the state tournament last season but made a surprising run to the quarterfinals, beating Stephenson and Richmond Hill before losing to eventual runner-up Gainesville 111-67 and finishing 15-13.
Senior guard Kalen Williams averages 21.4 points, 5. 1 rebounds and 4.6. He scored a season-high 38 points in an 84-71 victory over Alcovy on Tuesday and had 30 last week in a 70-48 win over Heritage-Conyers. Junior guard Tyshun Briscoe scores 17.4 points per game, and senior forward Tucker Gilbert averages 12.1 points and 11.5 rebounds.
Since 2004, Fulton County has gotten boys state championships in the classification from Mays (2004, 2005) and Hughes (2017, 2018), while DeKalb has titles from Columbia (2006, 2008), Tucker (2007) and Miller Grove (2009-2014, 2016). Only Brunswick in 2015 has been able to interrupt the counties’ hold on the championship.
Heritage-Conyers will be the only Class AAAAAA team in the field when it takes on host Archer at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Krossover tournament, which features many of the top girls teams from around the state. Other matchups include Wesleyan (No. 1 A private) vs. North Cobb (No. 3 AAAAAAA) at 11 a.m.; Etowah vs. Grayson (No. 4 AAAAAAA) at 12:30 p.m., Lebanon, Tenn. vs. Norcross (No. 5 AAAAAAA) at 2 p.m.; Holy Innocents’ (No. 3 A private) vs. Cherokee (No. 6 AAAAAAA) at 3:30 p.m.; and Center Point, Ala. vs. Collins Hill (No. 2 AAAAAAA) at 5 p.m. Heritage has opened play in Region 3 with three consecutive victories to reach 8-4 overall and is tied for first place in the region with Grovetown.