It was a seismic week of upsets in the state of Georgia. At the Peachtree Corners Invitational held at Norcross High School, the Peach State went 0-5. To make matters worse, a whopping seven Top 10 ranked Class AAAAAAA teams lost leading to the biggest shakeup in the poll to date. Gone are Tift County (19-2), Collins Hill (15-5) and Discovery (14-7). The Blue Devils were upset at home by new No. 6 Lowndes, 60-58, behind Octavious Fudge's 29 points. Thanks to the wild week, the Vikings debut above bluebloods No. 7 Berkmar and No. 8 Wheeler who suffered bad losses. Berkmar beat Meadowcreek 61-56 but was stunned by Brookwood 57-51. Wheeler looked awful against Greensboro Day, NC at PTC, losing 56-36. The Wildcats were held to three points in the first quarter and saw the Bengals close on a 24-8 run. Collins Hill falls out after losing to Effingham County 51-43 and in overtime to Mill Creek 68-67. The Hawks were the ultimate spoiler, also adding a 57-54 victory over Discovery to knock the Titans out of the Top 10. Entering the poll alongside Lowndes for the first time is No. 9 Lambert and No. 10 Roswell. The Longhorns are no stranger to being ranked but after losing Connor Mannion (Navy) and Ross Morkem (North Georgia), it took some time for Lambert to fully establish themselves as a Top 10 team. They took sole control of Region 5 with a 77-72 win over Milton. Roswell has come out of nowhere in Region 4 and has raced to a 6-0 region mark. The Hornets have grinded teams out, allowing just 44.9 points per game while leaning on sophomore Miles Herron and senior James Anderson to power the offense, averaging 13 and 12 points per game respectively. Norcross lost to Bishop O'Connell, VA at PTC 63-58 but rise thanks to their strong showing and an earlier win at the Music City Classic. No. 5 Westlake survived at Campbell 67-63, but couldn't do so against 9-10 North Clayton on the Eagles' alumni night, losing 62-53 as Keondre Kennedy powered North Clayton with 21 points. No. 1 Newton stayed perfect by crushing Zion Williamson and Spartanburg Day, SC at the BCB MLK Classic 96-75 and turning an 11-point halftime deficit into an 82-73 win at Class A-Private No. 3 Southwest Atlanta Christian. No. 2 McEachern cruised as well, stomping Class A-Private No. 7 Lakeview Academy along with No. 10 Whitefield Academy.
No. 3 Jonesboro is getting healthy in Class AAAAAA. After escaping
Tucker with a 66-64 win, the Cardinals finally got 6-foot-6 junior Jamari Smith back. Smith missed the first 18 games with a concussion but has immediately made an impact, posting 20 points and seven rebounds against
Lovejoy and 22 points and six boards against
No. 1 South Paulding had two scares, rallying to beat
Douglas County on the road in overtime 96-94 after trailing by eight with 40 seconds left in regulation. The Spartans then edged
Tri-Cities 54-50 on the road.
Langston Hughes regains the No. 4 spot as they jump
No. 5 Richmond Hill. The Panthers picked up two big wins against ranked opponents, beating Class AAA No. 5 Jenkins 77-70 at the BCB MLK Classic and
No. 10 Alexander, 57-50.
No. 2 Gainesville rolled
Dacula 79-53 to take a commanding hold of Region 8. The Red Elephants followed up with a 78-68 victory over Dawson Christian Academy without leading scorer Bailey Minor and KJ Buffen.
Union Grove (16-5) and
Flowery Branch (16-4) exit the Class AAAAA rankings. The Wolverines were stopped by
Dutchtown 65-52 while the Falcons saw
No. 2 Cedar Shoals rip off a 25-0 run to put them away, 72-44.
No. 7 Stockbridge debuts after winning 7-straight including a Jan. 3 road win at Union Grove 74-67 and yesterday's 65-61 statement victory against
No. 10 Eagle's Landing, who is starting to leak oil in Region 4.
Maynard Jackson resurfaces at No. 9. They beat
Class AAAA almost saw a devastating loss for
No. 1 Upson-Lee. The Knights had to use three overtimes to survive 3-win Griffin 75-68. Before the Bears game, the Knights stopped
No. 9 Perry 58-52.
No. 2 Henry County hosts
No. 10 Salem on Tuesday after blitzing
Eastside 76-45. Salem lost at
Woodward Academy 58-50.
Richmond Academy tumbles four spots to No. 7 after getting blown out by
No. 6 Baldwin, 52-31. The Braves are back in the Top 10 and are joined by fellow returnee,
No. 5 Americus-Sumter after the Panthers blew out
Carver-Columbus 76-55, dropping the Tigers from No. 6 to unranked. Carver also lost to rival
St. Pius' stint in the Top 10 was short lived. The Golden Lions were stunned in overtime by
Oconee County 61-60 on a buzzer beater. St. Pius however did collect themselves and earned a 56-39 victory at
Stephens County. All eyes shift to
No. 4 LaGrange on Tuesday as they host
No. 8 Cartersville in a critical Region 5 showdown.
It was revenge week in Class AAA. Khavon Moore put on a show for
No. 1 Westside-Macon. The star point-forward dropped a school-record 53 points along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists in front of Ohio State. Before his historic game against
Kendrick, the Seminoles got payback against rival
No. 7 Central-Macon, beating the Chargers 60-55.
No. 3 Liberty County got revenge as well, destroying
Long County and kicking the Blue Tide from the Top 10 with a 121-82 victory.
No. 4 Pace Academy did the same, avenging an earlier loss to
No. 8 Cedar Grove (without Wendell Carter) 69-52 now at full strength. New
No. 9 East Hall will look for the same as they host
No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian on Tuesday for a chance to take a share of first-place in Region 8. The Vikings lost in their first meeting 71-62. It was a nightmarish week for
Islands, who has now lost three straight games and plummets out of the poll at 13-7. The Sharks were stunned by 6-13
Southeast Bulloch, 77-58.
No. 5 Jenkinsmade things worse by bullying around their main competition 74-55 which led to a heated confrontation between head coaches Bakari Bryant and Karl DeMasi. Rivalries are alive and well in Savannah. With Islands' departure,
Dougherty slides back in at No. 10.
Region 4-AA goes spots 4 through 6 with
No. 4 Laney,
No. 5 Butler and
No. 6 Josey. Laney handed
Glenn Hills (13-7) a 59-55 home loss after Butler edged the Spartans 67-60 and dropped them from the poll. The Bulldogs took a bite out of Josey as well, beating the Eagles 67-61, defending their home court.
No. 7 Banks County is continuing to control Region 8. They earned a 70-67 win at
Monticello. The region inserts another team back into the Top 10 in
No. 9 Putnam County. The War Eagles are now 15-5 after finishing 3-23 just a season ago.
No. 10 Heard County sneaks back into the poll as well after
Early County's fall from grace spirals on. The Bobcats (13-5) lost 60-55 at Terrell County.
No. 1 Greenforest couldn't get over the hump in a 46-43 loss to DeMatha, MD at PTC.
No. 2 North Cobb Christian knocked
Darlington out of the Top 10 with a 76-54 loss.
No. 3 Southwest Atlanta Christian almost slayed the dragon known as Newton, but fell short. The Warriors did however hold off
No. 6 Holy Innocents' 71-68.
No. 7 Lakeview Academy and
No. 8 Tallulah Falls finally do battle in Region 8 as the undefeated Indians host the Lions on Tuesday.
No. 9 Tattnall Square Academy completed a sweep of Class A-Public No. 5 Wilkinson County, beating the Warriors 56-55 at The Palace to cement themselves as a Top 10 player in Class A-Private.
No. 2 Quitman County has a chance to make amends as they travel to Eufala, AL to face the only team that has beaten them this year (55-54) on Monday.
No. 4 Turner County jumps six spots after beating Crisp County 63-55 on the road, dropping
Irwin County from the rankings with a 74-68 loss and beating
No. 10 Clinch County 76-74.
Macon County creeps back into the rankings at No. 7 after picking up three wins against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs beat Irwin County (79-76),
Central-Talbotton (58-51) and
No. 8 Taylor County (62-35). Central-Talbotton fell out of the rankings while the Vikings sink five spots. Replacing Central-Talbotton is
No. 9 Hawkinsville. The Red Devils are back in the poll for the first time since Week 2. They have won 7-straight and host Taylor County on Friday.