It was a night of championships for three area programs Friday as region tournaments continued around northeast Georgia.
The Banks County boys and girls completed a sweep of Region 8-AA and the Jefferson girls knocked off No. 1 seed Madison County in Region 8-AAAA.
Meanwhile, several high-profile finals were set up Friday night.
The Buford and Flowery Branch girls both advanced in Region 8-AAAAA setting up a matchup of top 5 teams and a rematch of last year's region final. The Gainesville and Dacula boys both moved into the Region 8-AAAAAA finals in another rematch of last year's finals.
There also were several surprises on the night.
Both Lakeview Academy teams were stunned in the Region 8-A semifinals by Athens Academy. For the Lakeview boys the loss snapped a 52-game win streak in region play going back to 2015.
In Region 7-AAA semifinal action, the East Hall boys were stunned by Dawson County in overtime after letting a 10-point lead slip in the final thre eminutes. It was the second overtime loss for the Vikings to the Tigers on the season.
FRIDAY’S REGION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES
REGION 8-AAAAAA SEMIFINALS
Lanier girls 47, Dacula 39
Dacula boys 64, Lanier 59
Winder-Barrow girls 55, Gainesville 27
Gainesville boys 83, Apalachee 56
REGION 8-AAAAA SEMIFINALS
Buford girls 69, Clarke Central 24
Buford boys 49, Flowery Branch 47
Flowery Branch girls 56, Cedar Shoals 33
Clarke Central boys 68, Cedar Shoals 56
REGION 8-AAAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
North Oconee girls 40, St. Pius 35
Stephens County boys 84, Madison County 56, 3rd place
Jefferson girls 67, Madison County 54, championship
St. Pius boys 82, Jefferson 50, championship
REGION 7-AAA SEMIFINALS
East Hall girls 52, North Hall 45
Dawson County boys 70, East Hall 67 OT
GAC girls 58, Dawson County 32
GAC boys 75, North Hall 49
REGION 8-AA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
Rabun County girls 53, Putnam County 47, 3rd place
Putnam County boys 53, Monticello 45, 3rd place
Banks County girls 48, Elbert County 47, championship
Banks County boys 54, Elbert County 44, championship
REGION 8-A SEMIFINALS
Prince Avenue girls 45, George Walton 19
Prince Avenue boys 60, George Walton 48
Athens Academy girls 38, Lakeview Academy 28
Athens Academy boys 44, Lakeview Academy 40
SATURDAY'S REGION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
REGION 8-AAAAAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
Dacula girls vs. Gainesville, 3rd place game, 3 p.m.
Lanier boys vs. Apalachee, 3rd place game, 4:30 p.m.
Lanier girls vs. Winder-Barrow, championship, 6 p.m.
Dacula boys vs. Gainesville, championship, 7:45 p.m.
REGION 8-AAAAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
Clarke Central girls vs. Cedar Shoals, 3rd place game, 1 p.m.
Flowery Branch boys vs. Cedar Shoals, 3rd place game, 2:30 p.m.
Flowery Branch girls vs. Buford, championship, 4 p.m.
Buford boys vs. Clarke Central, championship, 5:30 p.m.
REGION 7-AAAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
at West Hall
West Hall girls vs. Chestatee, 3rd place game, 3 p.m.
West Hall boys vs. White County, 3rd place game, 4:30 p.m.
White County girls vs. Marist, championship, 6 p.m.
Blessed Trinity boys vs. Marist, championship, 7:30 p.m.
REGION 7-AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
at Dawson County
North Hall girls vs. Dawson County, 3rd place game, 3 p.m.
East Hall boys vs. North Hall, 3rd place game, 4:30 p.m.
East Hall girls vs. GAC, championship, 6 p.m.
Dawson County boys vs. GAC, championship, 7:30 p.m.
REGION 8-AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd PLACE
at Emmanuel College
Monroe Area girls vs. Hart County, 3rd place game, 4 p.m.
East Jackson boys vs. Monroe Area, 3rd place game, 5:30 p.m.
Morgan County girls vs. Franklin County, championship 7 p.m.
Morgan County boys vs. Hart County, championship, 8:30 p.m.
REGION 8-A CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Commerce High
Prince Avenue girls vs. Athens Academy, championship, 6 p.m.
Prince Avenue boys vs. Athens Academy, championship, 7:30 p.m.