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Teams wait for postseason places

Uncertainty has players on their toes

Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006

With only one night of basketball games left in Region 2-AAAA play, there are plenty of details still to be determined before local teams head into the postseason.

"There are five different scenarios that could happen," Evans boys basketball coach Kevin Kenny said. "We could get second or I think we could actually finish fifth."

Even the host of the region tournament still isn't fully locked in.

This season, the host is the girls' regular season region champion. Jones County took a giant leap in the right direction with a 71-55 win over Greenbrier on Friday, but with one game remaining, the victory didn't fully clinch the top spot.

Jones County will play host to the tournament, barring a major upset this Friday when the Lady Greyhounds, ranked No. 2 in last week's Georgia Sportswriters Association poll, play Effingham County.

Jones County, located about 15 miles from Macon, Ga., is a place neither Evans nor Greenbrier has yet to travel to this season, but the Wolfpack seniors remember the old basketball gym.

"We played there last year. It's kind of an old gym," Greenbrier guard Sean Gray said. "It's a long way to travel, but we beat them."

In the boys region standings, Baldwin sits atop the region at first place. One game back, the standings are jammed with a four-way tie for second place. Greenbrier, Evans, Statesboro and Wayne County all sit at 4-2 in region play.

"We still determine who we play at region," Gray said. "I think if we lose we could drop to fourth, but if we win we could get as high as second."

The scenarios will play out this Friday when all four teams are in action in Columbia County. Evans will play host to Wayne County, while Statesboro visits Greenbrier.

With the head-to-head record as the first tie-breaker, the only team that fully holds its destiny in its own hands is Statesboro. The Blue Devils have a 2-0 head-to-head record against the other three teams, and a win Friday night would give them second place outright.

Evans would take the second-place spot with a win and a Statesboro loss, while Greenbrier needs a win and an Evans loss to take second place.

"I've been looking at it all weekend. Anything could happen." Kenny said. "It won't be decided until about 9 or 10 o'clock Friday night."

Both of the Evans/Wayne County and Greenbrier/Statesboro matchups kick off with the girls games at 6 p.m. Friday.


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