With Christmas coming Thursday, high school basketball teams are getting ready for holiday tournaments.
The Chick-fil-A Bear Brawl starts Friday at Houston County, with semifinals slated for Saturday and the championship set for Monday.
Perry, which takes on Westside in the first round, has won five straight following a 54-51 season-opening loss to Warner Robins, last season’s GHSA Class AAAAA runner-up. K.J. Smith and Damion Bagley are combining to average 28.2 points.
Other first-round games include Veterans-Carver, Northside-South Cobb and Houston County-Bleckley County.
The eight-team girls Bear Brawl tournament begins Friday at Feagin Mill Middle School, with the final two days at Houston County.
Veterans, which opens with Jonesboro, is off to a 9-0 start, winning all but one of its games by double figures. The Warhawks are allowing just 33.4 points per game, while they are averaging 36.8 rebounds and 14.9 steals per contest.
Warner Robins (7-2) is on a four-game winning streak, a run that includes a 53-49 win over Houston County in the Region 2-AAAAA opener. The Demons take on Whitefield Academy in the first round.
Other first-round games in the girls Bear Brawl include Perry-Carver and Houston County-Bleckley County.
Jones County hosts the 20th annual State Bank and Trust Holiday Classic, with games running Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
The Greyhounds are off to a 7-2 start, including 88-79 and 86-85 wins over Dublin. They open against East Laurens, which dropped its first five games this season.
Dublin and Central (both 4-3) are in the tournament, with the Fighting Irish opening against South Atlanta and the Chargers taking on Spalding. North Augusta and Alcovy round out the bracket.
The girls tournament at Jones County will be a six-team, pool-play competition. The participating teams are Jones County, Alcovy, East Laurens, Tift County, Central and Spalding.
Jones County’s girls started out 7-1, with their only defeat coming to Veterans.
Rutland’s event, the Middle Georgia Classic, is a showcase rather than a bracketed tournament. Games are scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
Howard, Rutland, Southwest and Richmond Academy have both their boys and girls teams participating, while the Westside and Cross Creek girls also will be represented.
The Rutland boys won their first six games, with wins over Southwest, Central and Westside.
Rutland’s girls started 5-1, while Westside is 3-3.
Mary Persons and Tattnall Square will be hosting tournaments after Christmas.