Wednesday, March 11, 2009

AA Final Four primer

Thursday at Macon Centreplex
Greene Co. vs. Blessed Trinity, 5:30 p.m.
Dublin vs. Greater Atlanta Christian, 8:30 p.m.

Why Greene County wins: Coming out of region 4, the No. 3 seed team is marching along quite well. Senior guards Gerald Dunn and Davante Smith may be small (both stand under 5-10) but both know how to score with speed. The team played an aggressive schedule and has played teams better in talent than Blessed Trinity. That could be a huge factor.

Why Blessed Trinity wins: After last year’s run and graduation of key players, there weren’t many that thought the Titans would be back in the limelight. Led by the scoring prowess of guard Ryan LeGates (pictured above) and the interior athleticism of Arris Brundidge, the Roswell team has a good nucleus to make it to the championship game.

Why Dublin wins: The road to the Macon Centreplex has prepared the Irish for anything. After beating Northeast Macon, Long County and Central Macon, Dublin has been battle tested every round. Playing GAC won’t have this team worried. Dublin will have to play smarter and keep the turnovers low. The strength remains in the backcourt with Sherrard Brantley, Rashard Smith and Chris Smith. That trio should be the difference maker.

Why Greater Atlanta Christian wins: Start with Eddie Martin. Winning is what he does. The former Norcross head coach has the Spartans on the big stage in his first year at the Gwinnett County private school. He’s done it with a crew that consists of a big time producer in Trent Wiedeman, a sharp-shooting senior in Taylor Metzger, a crafty sophomore point guard in Paul Dawson and a do-everything player in Bo Herbert. GAC will out-think teams and the game against Dublin will be one of the best of the week.

Georgia Hoops picks: Blessed Trinity over Greene County, Dublin over Greater Atlanta Christian