Basketball teams won’t get much time to relax in playoffs
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@mdjonline.com
February 15, 2014 04:02 AM | 1742 views | 6 6 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Already with a state playoff berth in hand, Kevin Murph and his Pebblebrook teammates would face a grueling stretch of games if they want to advance deep into postseason play.
<BR>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
Already with a state playoff berth in hand, Kevin Murph and his Pebblebrook teammates would face a grueling stretch of games if they want to advance deep into postseason play.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Teams have had an extended break from their respective sports, thanks to this week’s winter storms.

Now it’s about to catch up — especially for the basketball teams that make it into the state tournament.

Because most region basketball tournaments will continue into next week, after originally being scheduled to be completed this weekend, the Georgia High School Association made slight alterations to the state tournament schedule.

There won’t be much time for preparation or recuperation for the teams that advance from their regions.

First-round games will now take place next Friday and Saturday, with second-round games Feb. 24-25.

From there, there won’t be much rest for the weary.

The quarterfinals will follow Feb. 26-27, giving teams just one day to prepare. The semifinal games for both genders will come March 1 — as originally scheduled — with the Class AAAAAA games taking place at Georgia Tech.

“It makes sense to push it back. They’ve got to do it that way,” said McEachern girls coach Phyllis Arthur, whose team has already qualified for the Class AAAAAA state playoffs as the No. 1 seed of Region 4AAAAAA. “We’ve almost gone a whole week without practicing and hope everyone is in the same boat.”

With most of the region tournaments just getting started, most coaches are focused strictly on just getting to the state playoffs. But some have thought ahead about the mental and physical preparation it would take for a team to make a deep playoff run.

“We don’t want to overlook getting there, but assuming that we do, we’ve been doing our homework already on teams we can match up with,” Allatoona boys coach Markus Hood said. “You’ve really got to be up on your homework and up on the different style of basketball you can face.”

The Buccaneers, who went undefeated in Region 5AAAAA play, have experience in playing games a day apart, particularly with their annual Lake City Classic during the winter holiday.

Some raised the concern of the injury factor with teams required to play a slew of games in a short stretch. But with many local teams forced to play as many as five games in one week because of the snow and ice that froze Cobb County two weeks ago, they’ve already gotten used to this kind of schedule.

“I think we’re prepared for it because we had just went through it, having played eight games in two weeks,” said Pebblebrook boys coach George Washington, whose team has clinched a state playoff berth at Region 4AAAAAA’s top boys seed. “I’m just worried about the kids’ health. They’ve been in the ice tub the last three weeks. They hate it, but they don’t have a lot of option.”

The county’s top wrestlers already knew that they would get an extra week to prepare for the postponed traditional state championships, and now they know where they will be competing.

With the Arena at Gwinnett Center unable to host the rescheduled state championships because of a conflict with the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team, hosting duties have been divvied up for each classification.

Chattahoochee will host the Class AAAAAA tournament next Friday and Saturday, with Loganville hosting the Class AAAAA event. The Class A tournament will be at Commerce next Saturday.

“Even though we know where the tournament is going to be, we weren’t able to get anything taken care of because no one was at the school when we found out,” said Marietta coach Tommy Carthers, who will have eight wrestlers competing for state titles. “We’re going to have to do some scrambling next week to get checks cut and take care of the logistics.”
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Laughing at you
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February 16, 2014
All of you need to hush. Bunch of haters. If there was 'something' going on, it would have been investigated by now. Grow up.
NW Galdiator
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February 15, 2014
Keep blogging gang! Eventually someone will have to act on this. If not, it is only going to get worse for them. At the least, everyone will know what is going on at McEachern, in Cobb, and at the GHSA.
Hello?
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February 15, 2014
Anyone still I charge of high school sports? When are you going to properly investigate McEachern. We are not going away, folks. Do you expect us to live in this community and just sit by while one team cheats and wins everything. How do we do that when we have been teaching our kids to play by the rules all our lives? Please do the right thing and help us gain credibility with our kids. Cheaters never prosper? Well, apparently they do in Cobb!
It's Not Too Late
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February 15, 2014
So, by cheating, a team gets an automatic bid to State while those who don't cheat actually have to work hard and hope to get there. That sounds fair. I imagine she will probably named Coach of World also. Tracie Doe, you have really made a mess of all this. If you done your job months ago, everything would be fine right now and the Hawks would be in first instead of the McCheaters. They may win everything because of you but there will be an asterisk next to everything they get. Thanks A lot.
Uh Oh!
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February 15, 2014
Coach Arthur, I know that some other teams practiced in Cobb facilities when they weren't supposed to this week. I think you should report them to Cobb for breaking the rules. Oh wait a second, that's right, nobody enforces rules in Cobb. You of all people should know that!
Come on!
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February 15, 2014
Great, another profound quite from the McCheaters coach. First, they could take off a month and still beat anyone by 40. She makes it sound like these little inconveniences actually affect her team. Second, she says she hopes everyone else didn't practice for a week either. Is she seriously implying that others may have cheated and practiced anyway when they weren't supposed to? This makes me sick! I will bet anyone my paycheck that they win their first region game by at least 30!

Hey MDJ, go get some quotes from the Kell coaches instead of Arthur and then write an article on that. Then go back and get some quotes from Coach Arthur on cheating. I would really like to hear how she nerv noticed all these players from Omar Cooper's AOT team showing up at McEachern.

It makes sense to push it back. They’ve got to do it that way,” said McEachern girls coach Phyllis Arthur, whose team has already qualified for the Class AAAAAA state playoffs as the No. 1 seed of Region 4AAAAAA. “We’ve almost gone a whole week without practicing and hope everyone is in the same boat.”

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