It clinched the first region title for the Grayson boys basketball program, making Saturday night’s sweep a historic one for both first-time champions when for years Grayson’s basketball programs lacked a history or tradition of winning.

The Newton boys basketball team dominated the Generals for a six-minute stretch in the second quarter and expanded a four-point lead to 14 points at halftime. Shiloh came within four points with 3:47 left in the game, but the ghosts of the second quarter doomed the Generals to a 66-57 loss at Grayson High School in the Region 8-AAAAAAA semifinals.

Over the final 6:21, the Bulldogs scored the games’ next five points to take re-gain a 7-point lead and held on down the stretch for an electrifying three-point win, 50-47 to not only reach Saturday’s region finals against Grayson but to also clinch its first home playoff game in more than a decade.

By defeating No. 3 seed Mill Creek 53-48 at Peachtree Ridge, No. 6 seed Duluth also secured its berth in the state tournament. Mill Creek finished 13-13, and its season is over.

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