The stage is set for a wild finish to the regular season for the boys basketball teams in GHSA Region 2-AAA.
Four teams -- Central, Howard, Veterans and Westside -- all have 10 wins and are in a virtual tie for the regular-season championship with one week left to go before the region tournament. Baldwin is only one game behind the lead pack.
“This is just a wild, wild region,” Westside head coach Josh Grube said recently.
The Seminoles and Chargers had control of the region a week ago, but the region’s leadership seems to be up for grabs every time any of the top teams take the floor.
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Westside lost on a last-second shot to Mary Persons on Tuesday, while Howard lost Baldwin. The Chargers and Warhawks, meanwhile, both won their region games Tuesday to join Howard and Westside with 10 wins. Central has won three in a row in the region, winning by an average of 16 points. Veterans has won four straight region games, but the Warhawks’ wins have come by a combined 10 points.
Central and Westside each have four region games left, while Veterans and Howard -- both are behind Central and Westside by a game in the loss column -- have three games remaining.
The remaining region schedule: Central (at Veterans and at home against Westside, Perry and Howard), Westside (West Laurens at home and at Central, Veterans and Perry), Howard (hosts Rutland and Peach County and at Central), Veterans (at home against Central, Westside and West Laurens). Baldwin plays Mary Persons, Rutland and Peach County. The Braves could climb up the standings by avoiding all of the top four teams.
Just as one National Signing Day comes and goes, the next crop of players is already under the microscope.
Some Middle Georgia athletes are already near or at the top of recruiting rankings by the various recruiting networks.
Two Middle Georgia basketball players are at the top of Rivals.com’s top 25 for the class of 2013.
Mary Persons junior Brannen Greene is the service’s pick for top junior in Georgia. The 6-foot-7 guard already has committed to Kansas. He’s ranked as the 35th best player in the country in his class by Rivals and 12th overall according to ESPN.com.
Jones County forward Jarquez Smith is right behind Greene as Rivals’ No. 2 player in Georgia. Smith, a 6--9 junior who is ranked 68th nationally, has offers from Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech, according to Rivals.
Joining Greene and Smith on the list are Wilcox County forward Jonathan Howard at No. 14 and Veterans forward Malik Broughton at No. 22.
Dooly County junior defensive tackle Montravius Adams is currently ranked the No. 8 player overall nationally by 247Sports.com. Adams already has scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami and Michigan State.
Despite being ranking eighth nationally, Adams is ranked just third in Georgia.
Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and Troup linebacker Reuben Foster are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the nation by the network.
Twiggs County’s Robinson signs
Twiggs County’s Jeremy Robinson signed Wednesday with the College of DuPage, a junior college in Illinois. Robinson played running back and defensive back for the Cobras.
“I’m so excited about it,” Robinson said. “They have one of the best athletic departments in the nation.”