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ICYMI Basketball: Huge region showdowns highlight Friday schedule

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

The race for region seeding and possible playoff spots begins its final stretch this week for northeast Georgia area basketball teams.

More than a dozen crucial region contests spanning seven regions in six classifications are on tap for Friday night.

Region tournaments are slated for mid-February so the final month of the regular season should be wide open for most area teams.

On the girl's side, in Class 6A, No. 6 Buford travels to Central Gwinnett in Region 8-6A. Class 4A No. 1 Jefferson plays host to East Hall in Region 8-4A. Lumpkin County, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, entertains West Hall in Region 7-3A action to highlight the action.

For the boys, No. 10 Buford hits the road against Central Gwinnett in Region 8-6A. Chestatee heads to No. 10 North Oconee in Region 8-4A while in Region 7-3A No. 8 Cherokee Bluff travels to Dawson County.

However, Commerce's road game at Lincoln County has been postponed until further notice.

(Check below for Friday night's schedule.)

AREA BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR Jan. 8
(Games listed by highest classification)
(Games begin at 7 p.m. with girls unless otherwise noted)

REGION 6-7A
South Forsyth at Gainesville*

REGION 8-6A
Buford at Central Gwinnett*
Habersham Central at Dacula*

REGION 8-5A
Jackson County at Johnson*

REGION 8-4A
Chestatee at North Oconee*
East Hall at Jefferson*
Madison County at Flowery Branch*

REGION 8-3A
Oconee County at East Jackson*

REGION 7-3A
Cherokee Bluff at Dawson County*
Lumpkin County at West Hall*
North Hall at Gilmer*

REGION 8-2A (Thursday)
Rabun County 57, Rabun Gap 29

REGION 8-A PUBLIC
Commerce at Lincoln County* -- postponed
Banks County at Towns County

(* -- denotes region contest)

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