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MAHONE: Unpredictable region tourneys continue

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

Like with any basketball tournament, this week’s region tournaments have seen its share of upsets.

This time last week, it would have been hard to convince me that Mount Zion would not be playing in the state tournament. The Bulldogs were trying to complete their transformation from worst to first.

Mount Zion’s wonderful regular season might be overshadowed by its failed attempt to secure a state tournament berth.

Drew, which was building itself as a good basketball school, will not be a participant in this season’s state tournament. Both the boys and girls team couldn’t overcome its youth and inexperience in trying to get back to the state tournament for the third straight season.

Riverdale seemed poise to make a state tournament berth, but Dutchtown had bigger plans.

The Bulldogs will be making their third state playoff appearance

And a big surprise out of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament occurred on Wednesday when Luella boys defeated Alcovy in the quarterfinal round. With the win, Luella boy’s clinched their first-ever state playoff berth.

Luella joins Jonesboro as the only two schools in the Southern Crescent to have both its boys’ and girls’ team reach the state playoffs.

The craziness of region tournaments is what makes them exciting.

Lower seeds beating higher seeded teams. First-timers clinching a state playoff berth.

There is nothing like it.

Woodland High will be a must-stop on the region tournament scene as teams from Henry and Clayton counties will square off against each other.

Who has the better basketball this season?

After Saturday night, the answer will become more clearer.

There are some good teams that were sent home, but there are some even better ones still playing.

Buckle up because the wild tournament ride is just heating up.

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com.