Peach Belt Conference set up for frenetic finish

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WHO’S HOT

Peach Belt Conference. With the massive ice storm invading the state of Georgia, sports teams have had to rework their schedules. Now, the basketball slate should be even wilder and crazier over the final 15 days of the season.

WHO’S NOT

Montevallo. The Falcons (18-3, 11-3) lead the Peach Belt West Division, but Wednesday’s loss at Georgia Southwestern dampens their chances of winning the league. With five games left, Montevallo trails USC Aiken by two games in the loss column and Georgia Regents by one.

WAITING FOR 2014

Peach Belt commissioner Dave Brunk told The Augusta Chronicle starting next season the basketball tournament will return to home sites for first-round (quarterfinal) games. Then, the highest remaining seed will play host to the semifinals and finals. This is a step in the right direction.

TODAY’S GAMES

• Georgia Southwestern at Georgia Regents, 1:30 p.m. (women), 3:30 (men) (homecoming)

• USC Aiken at Lander, 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men)

• Paine at Morehouse, 7 p.m. (men)

SUNDAY’S GAME

• Columbus State at Georgia Regents, 2 p.m. (women), 4 (men)

MONDAY’S GAMES

• Flagler at USC Aiken, 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men)

• Claflin at Paine, 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men)

MEN’S REPORTS

Georgia Regents (18-4, 11-2): The Jaguars received two extra days to get leading scorer Ryan Weems (ankle) back in the lineup.

Paine (12-10, 7-5): Toby Veal averaging 11 rebounds the past four conference games.

No. 12 USC Aiken (20-3, 12-1): Jesse Seilern totalled 38 points the past two games.

WOMEN’S REPORTS

Georgia Regents (9-11, 5-8): With two wins in two days, the Jaguars could be tied for second in the East Division.

Paine (8-13, 5-6): With a 26.5 average, Ashley Watts should easily win the SIAC scoring title.

USC Aiken (7-15, 5-8): With their loss last week to Armstrong, the Pacers are now fighting to make the Peach Belt Tournament.

– Chris Gay, staff writer

 
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