Evans boys basketball team's region playoff run ended with a loss in the championship game, but the Knights could still consider it a success.
Coach Kevin Kenny's team earned the No. 2 seed in Region 3-AAAA and will play host to Bainbridge on Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Knights beat Richmond Academy on Friday to advance to Saturday's region championship game against Statesboro. Evans fell there, 71-69 in overtime.
Evans overcame 13-point deficits both games.
"We played well the last two games," Kenny said. "Both teams were very good."
Bainbridge clinched the No. 3 seed in Region 1 and will hit the road.
The Knights bounced back to win their first two games of the region tournament after losing the last three region games of the regular season.
Kenny's team was down big against the Musketeers during Friday's semifinal round before rallying for a 61-59 win. The win ensured the Knights a home game for Friday's first round.
"We feel good about our chances," Kenny said. "We got them at home, and they'll have to travel four or five hours."
Greenbrier girls enter playoffs as third seed
Greenbrier girls basketball coach Garrett Black talks often about his team needing to play its style of basketball -- an up-tempo pace that relies heavily on forcing turnovers.
The Wolfpack used that pace for a familiar rally during Friday's 3-AAAA semifinal round against Glynn Academy, but fell short. Black's team will open the state playoffs at Bainbridge on Saturday as the region's No. 3 seed.
The Wolfpack were down 15 with 3:50 left against Glenn Academy before rallying to tie the game. They couldn't finish the job, but Black was encouraged.
"The bottom line is, we're scoring, which means we're playing our style," Black said. "If we can keep up that style, we'll have a chance."
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