The state playoffs are almost here, but first the Augusta area will crown its own champions.
The Region 3-AAA boys and girls basketball tournaments begin today at Josey, where all 12 boys and 12 girls teams compete for a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Georgia High School Association Class AAA state playoffs.
“When it’s happening right at your place, all the parents, student body and faculty are expecting you to do well,” Josey boys coach Jabari Levi said. “But it’s a big comfort zone. We know our gym. We sweat in here and bleed in here every day.”
The Eagles are the No. 2 seed out of the North. The top two teams in each subregion get a bye to the quarterfinals.
Washington County (South) and Westside (North) swept subregion titles for both the boys and girls. Washington County’s teams went undefeated in subregion play, as did the Lady Patriots.
The Lady Hawks won the region championship last year on their way to a state title. Butler’s boys took the region championship a season ago before reaching the Class AAA final.
This year, Cervantes Boddy’s Bulldogs earned a No. 2 seed in the South behind Washington County. With the competitiveness throughout the region, getting a bye means there’s one less game to play against a solid team. Teams that have byes need to win only one game in the region tournament to get a state playoff spot.
“We’re getting better each game but we still know that if things don’t go right, we’ll be home the rest of the year,” Boddy said. “The number we’re focusing on is eight: eight games – state champs.”
As for the tournament hosts, Josey’s girls play Burke County at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and the boys play the winner of Glenn Hills-Grovetown at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
“If we can’t get it done here, where else can we get it done?” Levi said.