Here are Class 7A standings for boys basketball with commentary on where things might be headed in each region as of Feb. 1, less than two weeks before region tournaments.
In recent news, Westlake is making a move in Region 2. The Lions, who were 7-12 at one point, beat Carrollton 58-51 on Tuesday and can win the regular-season region title by winning out. That would entail beating No. 6 Pebblebrook for a second time.
It’s also looking like Denmark or Lambert will finish first in Region 6, the big news being that it’s almost certainly not going to be preseason favorite Milton, which lost tight games to the Forsyth County pair last week.
And Peachtree Ridge got a nice win Tuesday, beating No. 4 Norcross, though Norcross still figures to finish on top in Region 7.
Region tournaments determine seeds for the state tournament, which begins Feb. 21. The GHSA brackets show that the first round will pair regions 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6 and 7 vs 8.
Region 1: The best race in Class 7A lives here as three teams have two regions losses. Lowndes upset Valdosta 60-50 at Valdosta on Saturday (upset simply because it was on the road and Valdosta had won the first meeting a week earlier). Now, Lowndes plays at home Friday against Camden County. Valdosta plays (and is almost certain to defeat) last-place Colquitt County on Monday. So the Lowndes-Camden winner is expected to finish tied with Valdosta. Valdosta has split with both teams. The tiebreaker might come down to points allowed in region games. The No. 1 seed will host the region tournament. Lowndes and Valdosta, both better known for their football programs, each won basketball region titles last season - Lowndes in 7A, Valdosta in 6A. Camden won a basketball region title in 2020.
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||Valdosta||5||2||13||9||Lowndes||5||2||14||10||Camden County||4||2||12||10||Richmond Hill||1||5||6||15||Colquitt County||1||5||1||15|
Region 2: Pebblebrook would have this region in the bag except for surging Westlake’s upset of the Falcons on Jan. 24. The Falcons, who have made the state semifinals the past two seasons, were coming off a huge win over Norcross but failed to take care of region business in their home gym. Pebblebrook is off the rest of this week but plays at home Tuesday against Carrollton, which has been ranked most of this season, and goes to Westlake on Feb. 10. Westlake is only 12-10 but secured another big win Tuesday, defeating Carrollton 58-51 on the road. Westlake will steal the regular-season region championship if it wins out. The Lions must play East Coweta and Campbell before the Pebblebrook showdown in the season finale.
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||#6 Pebblebrook||5||1||16||7||Westlake||3||2||12||10||Carrollton||3||3||17||5||Campbell||2||3||14||8||East Coweta||1||5||10||12|
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||#2 McEachern||6||0||17||6||Hillgrove||4||2||12||9||Marietta||2||3||4||18||Harrison||1||4||10||11||North Paulding||1||5||9||14|
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||#3 Grayson||6||1||16||5||#5 Newton||6||1||14||7||#10 South Gwinnett||4||3||15||7||#7 Archer||3||4||16||5||Parkview||2||5||11||10||Brookwood||0||7||10||12|
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||#1 Wheeler||6||0||14||6||#9 Cherokee||5||2||18||4||North Cobb||3||4||16||5||Walton||3||4||14||8||Osborne||2||4||13||8||Kennesaw Mountain||1||6||11||11|
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||Denmark||7||1||14||8||Lambert||6||2||16||7||Milton||5||3||17||6||South Forsyth||3||5||8||15||West Forsyth||2||6||8||15||Forsyth Central||1||7||3||19|
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||#4 Norcross||10||1||19||4||Peachtree Ridge||8||2||18||5||North Gwinnett||7||3||9||13||Berkmar||5||6||11||12||Meadowcreek||3||7||7||14||Duluth||2||8||7||16||Discovery||1||9||4||19|
|Team||Region W||Region L||Overall W||Overall L||Collins Hill||7||1||15||7||#8 Buford||6||2||16||6||Mill Creek||6||2||16||7||Central Gwinnett||2||6||6||16||Mountain View||2||6||12||10||Dacula||1||7||5||18|