While most of the high school basketball region tournaments involving Gwinnett County teams were completed by Friday, the sudden burst of winter weather Saturday caused the championship and third-place games in a handful of others to be postponed.
As a result, the Region 8-AAAAAAA, 8-AAAAAA, 7-AAA, 5-A and 8-A tournament are among those that are now scheduled to be completed Monday.
Included in Saturday’s slate now set for Monday include some top-flight matchups, highlighted by the 8-AAAAAAA boys championship game pitting No. 1 state-ranked and top-five nationally Grayson (24-1) against second-ranked Shiloh (22-2) at 7:30 p.m. at Shiloh.
The way Shiloh coach Kim Rivers sees it, there are pros and cons to the postponement on the heels of an emotional double-overtime win over Archer in Friday’s semifinals by his Generals, who are ranked No. 27 nationally by MaxPreps.
“The kids really wanted to play,” Rivers said Saturday. “(The postponement) may be good for us … because playing in that kind of game, and then having to come back and play in another big game in a big atmosphere is just a lot of stress back-to-back. But it does give us a chance to look at some more film and try to see some things we can do better from the first (two times) we played (Grayson).”
Dacula girls coach Jason Adams takes a different view with regard at least one of the advantages Rivers referred to in regard to his seventh-ranked Falcons’ (23-3) Region 8-AAAAAA title game against No. 9 Lanier (17-9) at 6 p.m. Monday at Gainesville High School.
“We’re both pretty much beyond scouting at this point because we know each other really well,” said Adams, whose Falcons will face the Longhorns for the fourth time this season, including two regular season games and a matchup in a holiday tournament in Tennessee, on Monday. “But (the postponement) gives us both a couple of extra days to rest, and that’s pretty big this time of year.”
The postponement also have an impact on the teams involved on the other end of the spectrum, as well, in that it delays all those teams from being able to set their respective first-round games in the state tournament until after Monday’s action.
But both Rivers and Adams downplayed any effect such a delay may have on their teams.
“It make take a day away from practice,” Rivers said. “But I don’t think it will affect us much. In the first round (of state), there’s almost too long a delay anyway, since we’re used to play twice a week.”
In addition to the Grayson an Shiloh boys and the Dacula and Lanier girls, other games involving Gwinnett schools postponed to Monday include Archer and Newton boys in the 8-AAAAAAA third-place game, Archer vs. Rockdale County in the 8-AAAAAAA girls championship game, Grayson vs. Newton in the 8-AAAAAAAA third-place game, Lanier vs. Gainesville in the 8-AAAAAA boys championship game and Dacula vs. Winder-Barrow in the third-place game, Greater Atlanta Christian’s boys and girls in their respective championship games in the Region 7-AAA tournament, Wesleyan’s girls in the Region 5-A title game and Hebron Christian’s girls in the 8-A title game.