The Northeast Raiders had to work overtime Tuesday to earn their first region championship since 2008.
Two overtimes, in fact.
The reward for the Raiders 83-81 double-overtime win Tuesday over Putnam County is a home game Saturday against Bryan County in the first round of the GHSA Class AA playoffs. The Raiders will be joined in hosting home games on the boys side by several Middle Georgia teams.
In Class AAAAA, Warner Robins will host Whitewater and Northside wil host Mt. Zion-Jonesboro. In Class AAAA, Rutland and Veterans host North Clayton and Eagles Landing, respectively. In Class AAA, Central will host Rockmart, and Washington County will host Southeast Bulloch. And in Class AA Northeast (Bryan County), Vidalia (Macon County) and Putnam County (Jeff Davis) will all be at home.
In girls play, in Class AAAA, Mary Persons and Rutland will host Griffin and Jonesboro, respectively. In Class AAA, Peach County (Callaway or Jackson-Atlanta), Dodge County (Tattnall County) and Washington County (Piece County) will be at home. And in Class AA Putnam County (Bryan County), Vidalia (Bleckley County), Dublin (Cook) and Taylor County (St. Vincents) will host first-round games.
GHSA Basketball Playoffs
Whitewater at Warner Robins
Mt. Zion-Jonesboro at Northside
North Clayton at Rutland
Eagles Landing at Veterans
Perry at Jonesboro/Riverdale winner
Westside at Jonesboro/Riverdale loser
Crisp County at Liberty County/Glenn Hills loser
Rockmart at Central
Southeast Bulloch at Washington County
Peach County at Callaway/Douglass-Atlanta
Bryan County at Northeast
Macon County at Vidalia
Jeff Davis at Putnam County
Crawford County at McIntosh County Academy
Northside at Forest Park
Griffin at Mary Persons
Jonesboro at Rutland
Crisp County at South Effingham/Cross Creek loser
Veterans at Dutchtown
Westside at Woodland-Stockbridge
Southwest at Chapel Hill/Central-Carrollton loser
Callaway/Jackson-Atlanta winner at Peach County
Central at Chapel Hill/Central-Carrollton winnner
Tattnall County at Dodge County
Pierce County at Washington County
Bryan County at Putnam County
Bleckley County at Vidalia
Cook at Dublin
St. Vincents at Taylor County
Monticello at McIntosh County Academy