The East Hall boys basketball team survived a back-and-forth game against Greater Atlanta Christian to capture a 67-61 victory and the Region 7-AAA championship Saturday night in Blairsville.
Luke Cooper, who led the Vikings (20-7) with 18 points, hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute-and-a-half. He sank both free throws after the Spartans picked up a technical foul with less than a minute to play for their second delay of game infraction.
Greater Atlanta Christian held a one-point halftime lead before East Hall took a 48-44 advantage into the fourth quarter. Contributions from Mahki Brown (17 points) and Sedrion Morse (12) helped the Vikings secure a No. 1 playoff seed.
Luke Holtzclaw and Deonte Evans both scored nine points for East Hall, which will host Westmister in the first round of the playoffs at a time still to be determined.
GAINESVILLE BOYS 89, DACULA 84: After trailing by double digits for most of the game, the Red Elephants outscored Dacula 38-23 in the fourth quarter to win the Region 8-AAAAAA championship Saturday at Apalachee High.
Xavier Bledson scored 18 points to lead Gainesville (26-1), which has won 10 straight games heading into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed. KaJuan Hale followed up with 16 points, while twin brothers Jarrel and Jarred Rosser scored 15 and 14, respectively.
Red Elephants coach Benjie Wood said Dacula ‘outplayed’ his team early in the game as it build a 15-point lead. But Gainesville did a better job of rebounding and attacking the basket during their huge fourth-quarter run, Wood said.
Michael White pitched in 11 points, while Bailey Minor added 10 for Gainesville.
BUFORD GIRLS 53, FLOWERY BRANCH 38: Tory Ozment scored 15 points and Audrey Weiner added 13 as the Lady Wolves (24-2) locked up the Region 8-AAAAA championship Saturday at Cedar Shoals. With the region title in hand,
Buford will host the first round of the state tournament against an opponent still to be determined.
Taniyah Worth led with 14 points, and Julianne Sutton finished with 12 points for the Lady Falcons (21-6). As the region runner-up, Flowery Branch will also host a first-round playoff game Saturday.
GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN GIRLS 63, DAWSON COUNTY 34: Kaylee Sticker led the Lady Tigers with 17 points in the championship game of the Region 7-AAA tournament on Saturday in Blairsville. With the loss, Dawson County enters the playoffs as a No. 2 seed and will host Lovett on Saturday in Dawsonville.
NORTH HALL GIRLS 67, EAST HALL 53: Taylor Anne Kelley poured in 21 points with 10 rebounds for the Lady Trojans (18-10) in the third place game of the Region 7-AAA tournament on Saturday at Union County High.
Also in double figures for the Lady Trojans, Ansleigh Ferguson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, North Hall will visit Pace Academy in the first round of state playoffs at a time still to be determined. East Hall will face an opponent still to be determined to open state.
FLOWERY BRANCH BOYS 77, LOGANVILLE 50: John Mills knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points Saturday as the Falcons locked up the No. 3 spot to the playoffs out of Region 8-AAAAA. Justin Quick scored 13 points for Flowery Branch (19-8), while Dalton Gerdts scored 10.
With the win, Flowery Branch awaits a first-round playoff opponent still to be determined.
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