Crawford County (Region 4, first, 24-3) vs. Holy Innocents (Region 6, fourth, 20-9)
4:45 p.m., at Georgia College
The Golden Bears have a pair of 6-foot-7 players and a 6-4 junior named Julius Erving. They know how to win close games, with a 10-5 record in games decided by single digits. They also have won games on buzzer-beaters in the past two weeks and are 14-6 away from home. And three teams from Region 6 are left, so the 7-7 region record is deceiving.
Next: Thomasville/Pace winner, 4:45 p.m., Saturday, at Georgia College.
Class A Public
Hancock Central (No. 7 seed, 22-6) vs. Taylor County (No. 2 seed, 21-7)
8:15 p.m., at Valdosta State
Hancock Central's only home loss all season came in the semifinals of the Region 7-A Tournament, when Stratford handed the Bulldogs a 59-53 setback. Hancock Central bounced back with a win over Tattnall Square in the third-place game of the region tournament, then posted an 86-75 victory over Marion County in the first round of the Class A Public School Tournament. Taylor County has won five straight and 11 of its past 12.
Next: Turner County/Calhoun County winner, 8:15 p.m., Saturday, at Valdosta State
Putnam County (Region 4, first, 23-4) vs. Model (Region 7, first, 28-0)
6:30 p.m., at Georgia College
A pair of consensus top-10 Class AA teams battle. Putnam County's losses have been to Class AAAAA Grovetown (54-39), region rival Bleckley County (58-49), Class AAAA quarterfinalist Carrollton (46-43) and Class AAAA playoff team Baldwin (44-40). Model has had only six games decided by 10 points or less and is coming off a 32-point second-round win over Dublin.
Next: Pelham/Holy Innocents winner, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at Georgia College.
Class A Public
Taylor County (Region 4, No. 3, 26-2) vs. Greenville (Region 4, No. 6, 19-8)
3 p.m., at Valdosta State
These two know each other as well as possible. Two meetings this season have been decided by a point, the other by a stunning 24 points. Last year, the Vikings won four times in the series by an average of 31.5 points. The Patriots' losses have come to playoff teams with a combined record of 151-40.
Next: Calhoun County/Terrell County winner, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at Valdosta State.
Class A Private
Tattnall Square (Region 7, No. 6, 25-2) vs. Greenforest (Region 5, No. 3, 25-0)
3 p.m., at Kennesaw State
Tattnall is a nifty 52-5 the past two years and has quality depth and size. Greenforest didn't make the postseason last year but is unbeaten this season. The last close win for Greenforest was 48-43 over Southwest Atlanta Christian on Jan. 8. Greenforest's closest win since then is 11 over Strong Rock Christian. The Eagles have scored 66 in a win one week and 34 the next.
Next: Eagle's Landing Christian/Calvary Day winner, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at Kennesaw State.