Basketball: Closing night on regular season brings key matchups

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter
Posted 12:51PM on Friday 31st January 2020 ( 6 months ago )

It's the final night of the regular season and for several northeast Georgia area teams, it's finishing just the way you would want.

In the AccessWDUN coverage area, two boys teams -- Buford in Region 8-5A and Banks County in Region 8-2A -- and two girls teams -- Rabun County in Region 8-2A and Lakeview Academy in Region 8-A -- all have chances on Friday night to win their respective region titles.

(UPDATE: The Rabun County-Putnam County games have been moved to Saturday to due snow in Rabun County on Friday. Tip-off is now scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.)

Buford travels to Clarke Central while Banks County plays host to Social Circle, Rabun County plays host to Putnam County, and Lakeview Academy entertains Hebron Christian. Banks, Rabun, and Lakeview can win the No. 1 seeds in their tournaments outright while Buford would still need a Cedar Shoals loss to force a tiebreaker. 

But those aren't the only games that have big tournament implications on Friday around the area. The White County and Flowery Branch girls meet in Flowery Branch with second place on the line in Region 7-4A. North Hall plays host to Cherkee Bluff in a pair of important seeding games, and the Riverside Military Academy boys travel to Commerce in an important Region 8-A contest.

(See below for the full schedule for area teams and the radio braodcast schedule:)

Friday, Jan. 31 (End of regular season)
Buford at Clarke Central*
Cherokee Bluff at North Hall*
Dawson County at East Hall*
Gainesville at Lanier* -- 94.5 FM The Lake
Hebron Christian at Lakeview Academy*
Jackson County at Jefferson*
Loganville at Johnson*
Monroe Area at East Jackson*
Riverside Military at Commerce*
Social Circle at Banks County*
Towns County at Athens Christian*
Union County at Oglethorpe County*
West Hall at Blessed Trinity*
White County at Flowery Branch* -- WDUN AM 550/FM 102.9

Saturday, Feb. 1 (End of regular season)
Putnam County at Rabun County, 3 p.m.* -- (moved from Friday)

(* -- denotes region contest)

Banks County's Pierce Martin (24) takes a shot over a Jefferson defender in a game played earlier this season.

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