Friday, January 18, 2008

Ranking the regions: #4 4-AAAAA

4. 4-AAAAA

Power teams:

Led by the great guard play of unsigned seniors Stewart Clark and Justin Garner, the Hiram Hornets are taking care of business in a big way. With a pair of big wins over region foe Mundy's Mill and only two losses by a bucket, Hiram is putting together a season worth noticing. The team will contend for a No. 1 seed out of 4-AAAAA and could be a major headache in the state playoffs. Don't sleep on them in the post-season.

Mundy's Mill is one of the biggest teams on the south side of Atlanta and big man Dennis Harris is starting to come into his own. The future LSU Tiger isn't doing it alone. Unsigned point guard Todd Salter is having a big season, much like Clark and Garner at Hiram. The Tigers have a big lineup and close the season out with six straight home games.

Newnan is young and the Cougars find ways to win ball games. Perhaps the team's best asset is it's quickness. They don't shy away from getting into teams defensively either. Newnan seems to have the number for Hiram and Tri-Cites as the team has picked up wins against each of those teams already this season. The team's quarterback, Russell Powell, is also one heck of a basketball player.

Tri-Cities, like Mundy's Mill, is big on size and has a group of guars that are quick and pesky to boot. The Johnsons – Kenny and Deondre – are 6-6 and athletic inside while William Anderson can go for 20 points or more on any given night. Tri-Cities is a dangerous team simply because you don't know what to expect from them each game out.

Notes: We will be at tonight's game at Tri-Cities as the Bulldogs play host to Mundy's Mill. Between the two teams, there are 24 wins and a number of things to keep an eye on. Both teams are big, too.

Playoff projection: Mundy's Mill, Hiram, Newnan, Tri-Cities

Counting down the regions

5. 2-AAAA

6. 2-AAAAA

7. 5-AAAA

8. 2-AAAA

9. 5-AAAAA

10. 6-AA