Berkmar's boys (17-5, 11-2) are probably the best team in AAAAAA that hasn't been ranked this season. The Patriots have made the quarterfinals the past two seasons, and they just about sewed up the No. 1 seed in Region 8 with a 56-43 victory over Grayson (18-3, 9-3) on Friday. Senior center Tim Rowe (6-foot-11) is averaging 13.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots. Jonathan Sanks, committed to Georgia Southern, averages 11.9 points. A third senior, guard Kiair Crouch averages 14.2 points.
Norcross' boys (17-5, 11-2) got a scare Friday from Peachtree Ridge but pulled out a 59-58 victory when Lorenzo Carter made a free throw with 1.9 seconds left. Peachtree Ridge (10-12, 7-6) was expected to be a potential Top 10 team this season but appears to be too green to make a run. Sophomore point guard Aaron Augustin (14.1 ppg, 4.4 apg) and senior post Amir Warnock (12.6 pog, 8.8 rpg) are as good an inside-out pair as there is in AAAAAA.