Monday, February 6, 2012

Region Picture Still Somewhat Hazy

Eight teams have been fiercely competing for four first round byes in the region 3-AAA tournament to be held next week at Josey High School.

Washington County was the earliest team to secure the advantage by achieving a 7-0 sub region record in a 52-40 win over Butler two weeks ago, before clinching sole possession of first place in its next contest versus Glenn Hills.

Friday night, the Butler Bulldogs defeated the Glenn Hills Spartans blank-blank, assuring themselves of a first round bye in the region tournament by locking in the second place position in sub region 3A-AAA.  Click below to see highlights of Butler's important victory over the Spartans.

But the standings sub region 3B-AAA are less clear.  After important wins against Josey and Thomson in recent weeks, the Westside Patriots lead with a 7-2 record and sit in the driver's seat approaching the final sub region game at home against the Richmond Academy Musketeers.  But Richmond, Josey, and Thomson are poised to join Westside in a four way tie should the Patriots lose at home and the Eagles and Bulldogs win their final sub region contests, versus Harlem and Grovetown, respectively.

A Westside win would quickly make things clear, as Westside would secure the number one spot and Josey, should they defeat Harlem at home, will win the tie breaker versus Thomson* and grab the number two spot.  But a Richmond victory over the Patriots will force the region 3-AAA committee to consult the rule book to decide which two teams will earn the two top sub region 3B-AAA positions and region tournament byes.

*As mentioned, Josey is in position to win a direct, two way tie breaker with Thomson.  Click the video below to see highlights of the Eagles' important win at Thomson Friday night.

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