Jones County (20-9) at Brunswick (26-2)
6 p.m., Wednesday.
How they got here: Jones County finished third in Region 2-AAAAA, then beat Harris County 75-73, Gainesville 65-61; Brunswick won Region 3-AAAAA, then beat Stockbridge 91-71, South Paulding 76-59.
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Jones County key players: Devin Wooten; Nick Singleton; Landrevius Bowden.
Brunswick players: Roger Davis; Jabrill Heck; Kymani Dunham.
Scouting report: Defense will dictate who advances. Brunswick’s trio of Davis, Heck and Dunham teamed for 54 points and 29 rebounds -- Davis had 21 points and 14 boards -- in the win over South Paulding. Wooten has been a go-to player for the Greyhounds, but they are balanced. The Pirates have size and home on their side.
Winner gets: M.L. King or Cedar Shoals, 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Fort Valley State.
Upson-Lee (19-9) at Carrollton (26-2)
7 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Upson-Lee finished fourth in Region 2-AAAA, then beat Albany 66-54 and Buford 84-71. Carrollton won Region 5-AAAA, then beat Columbia 54-43 and Burke County 84-61.
Upson-Lee key players: O’Qualon Harris, Dinasis Walker, Malik Crafter.
Carrollton key players: Montae Glenn, Jarel Rowe, Desmond Webb.
Scouting report: Upson-Lee is one of two fourth-place teams -- the other being Cairo -- to reach the Class AAAA quarterfinals. The win over Region 1-AAAA champion Albany was the bigger upset of the two. Despite the name recognition and boatload of titles, including a runner-up finish in last year’s Class AAA playoffs, Buford finished the season only three games above the .500 mark. The quarterfinal will provide a difficult test, as Carrollton is led by the Georgia Southern-bound Glenn. Carrollton has won 21 straight since falling to Tri-Cities on Dec. 27 in the Lake City Classic.
Winner gets: Lithonia or Cairo, 8:15 p.m., Saturday, West Georgia.
Cedar Grove (20-4) at Rutland (26-3)
6 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Cedar Grove finished second in Region 4-AAA, then beat Josey 73-59 and Calhoun 52-42; Rutland won Region 2-AAA, then beat Johnson-Savannah 72-62 and Banks County 80-40.
Cedar Grove key players: Jacara Cross, Christopher Frederick, Kenneth Lewis.
Rutland key players: Ty’lik Evans, Jeremy Braswell, Dallas Smith.
Scouting report: Simply put, Rutland is an extremely hungry program looking to take the next step. Rutland dropped Class AAAA quarterfinal heartbreakers last year (84-81 to Jonesboro) and two years ago (60-58 to Statesboro), and the Hurricanes feel they have the right parts in place to get to the semifinals, if not make it all the way to the Macon Coliseum. They certainly have the scoring ability, with Evans averaging nearly 23 points, Braswell nearly 20 and Smith around 16. Cedar Grove also has three players averaging in double figures (Cross, Frederick and Lewis), but the Saints’ calling card is defense. They’re allowing just 45.8 points per game.
Winner gets: Callaway or Jenkins, 8:15 p.m., Saturday, Columbus State.
Thomasville (22-8) at Crawford County (25-3)
7 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Thomasville finished third in Region 1-AAA, then beat McIntosh County 53-47, Greene County 72-54; Crawford County won Region 4-AA, then beat Dublin 96-89, Greater Atlanta Christian 88-81 in OT.
Thomasville key players: Jordan Willis; Jay Bowdry; Shedric Cooper.
Crawford County key players: William Jarrell; Marcal Knolton; Damien Saffold.
Scouting report: Thomasville has played a quality schedule, with a fair number of big-school opponents, non-region losses coming to Tift County (Class AAAAAA, twice), Bainbridge (Class AAAA) plus Class AA Seminole County. The Bulldogs should have confidence going to Roberta, but they’ll face perhaps the best atmosphere of the season and one of the best players they’ve seen in Jarrell.
Winner gets: Swainsboro or Model, 4:45 p.m., Friday, Columbus State.
Pace Academy (27-2) at Vidalia (27-2)
6 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Pace Academy won Region 6-AA, then beat Temple 62-55 and Lamar County 82-51; Vidalia won Region 2-AA, then beat Pelham 46-45 and Coosa 71-58.
Pace Academy key players: Wendell Carter Jr., Elijah Holifield, Zack Kaminsky.
Vidalia key players: Jordan Black, Will Chambliss, Josh Eason.
Scouting report: Vidalia was the final boys basketball team in the GHSA to advance to the quarterfinals, as weather problems elsewhere delayed its second-round game with Coosa to Monday. Although both teams have just two losses, Pace Academy comes in with the more impressive resume. It has won 20 straight since falling to North Atlanta on Dec. 27 in the Westminster Holiday Classic, its only loss to an in-state team. The out-of-state loss came to Wasatch Academy, a boarding school in rural Utah that plays a national schedule. Vidalia has won 15 straight since a three-game stretch in which it lost to Portal and Bryan County.
Winner gets: Manchester or Seminole County, 8:15 p.m., Friday, Columbus State.
Class A Public
Wilkinson County (25-4) at Hancock Central (24-2)
6:30 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Wilkinson County beat GMC 65-37; Hancock Central beat Terrell County 83-47.
Wilkinson County key players: Malik Worthen; Torrico Simmons; Quantavious Jones.
Hancock Central key players: Montkevious Fluellen; Marquis Smith; Rik’Shawn Thomas.
Scouting report: The two Region 7-A rivals split their regular-season meetings before facing off for the region title in the tournament championship game at Wilkinson County. The Bulldogs pulled out a 76-73 win for the region crown and earned a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs and a home game Wednesday. The Warriors start three seniors in Worthen, Simmons and Jones, along with two sophomores in guard Larry Jones and 6-foot-6 center Greg Cousin. And they go at their opponents in waves with a deep bench. The Bulldogs are 10-1 at home and 10-1 on the road, while going 4-0 in neutral site games. They have won nine of their past 10 games. Fluellen leads the Bulldogs with 15 points per game, while Smith and Thomas both average 10.
Winner gets: Portal or Greenville, 8:15 p.m., Saturday, Armstrong State.
Dooly County (18-9) at Calhoun County (26-2)
6 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Dooly County beat Randolph-Clay 62-56; Calhoun County beat Irwin County 69-53.
Dooly County key players: Trevoski Lundy; LaParis Hall; Nic Taylor; Adrian Kenny
Calhoun County key players: Quenten Taylor; Sherrod Williams; Jerrek Solite.
Scouting report: The two teams played in December, with Calhoun County pulling out a 60-55 win at Dooly County. The Bobcats lost in the Region 4-A semifinals to Marion County, but they rebounded nicely with a road win over Randolph-Clay in the first round. Lundy leads Dooly County in scoring at 15 points per game, while Hall averages 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Cougars lost their first game of the calendar year to Quitman County on Jan. 2, but they haven’t lost since – a string of 16 straight games. They returned four starters off last year’s team that lost in the semifinals to Wilkinson County.
Winner gets: Turner County or Treutlen, 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Armstrong State.
Turner County (25-3) at Treutlen (26-1)
6:30 p.m., Wednesday
How they got here: Turner County won Region 2-A, then beat Claxton 70-60; Treutlen won Region 3-A, then beat Marion County 72-66.
Turner County key players: Tamarrion Terry; Shaq Baldwin; Quan Hillmon.
Treutlen key players: Terrance Warren; Elijah Johnson; T.K. McLendon.
Scouting report: Together, these teams are 51-4. Intensity? Turner County hasn’t lost since Jan. 10, 63-60 at Calhoun County. Ironically, Treutlen’s lone loss came nine days later to Calhoun County, at Turner County’s MLK Day tournament. Treutlen entered the playoffs No. 8, two spots better than Turner County.
Winner gets: Dooly County or Calhoun County, 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Armstrong State.