Big night in the subregion
Patriots, Bulldogs look to lock up top seeds

CONYERS - With only two games left in the regular season, the seedings for the Region 8-AAAA Tournament are starting to take shape.

On the boys side, Heritage can wrap up the subregion championship with a win at home tonight against Cedar Shoals.

Heritage does have a better record than Cedar Shoals in the region crossover games, so a loss to Cedar tonight probably wouldn't nullify a subregion championship for the Patriots.

Still, Heritage boys coach Ron Bradley doesn't want it to come to that.

He wants to win it on the court.

"We'd like to iron it out the right way," Bradley said. "It's a big game and it's Senior Night. We need to take care of business against Cedar and in our last game of the regular season on Friday. You always want that head of steam going into the tournament. We've won 13 out of the last 14 games and we want to keep that string going."

Bradley said his team will need to come out ready to play against Cedar Shoals.

Last time the two teams tangled, the Patriots narrowly escaped Athens with a two-point win.

"It was a two-point game at the end of every quarter. It was a battle," he said. "It'll be interesting to see how our guys play this time around."

Rockdale will be pulling for the Patriots as the Bulldogs are vying for the No. 2 seed.

Currently, the Jaguars and Bulldogs are tied for second in the subregion, but the Bulldogs hold the tie breaker after sweeping the season series with the Jags.

But the Bulldogs must win out in order to clinch a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the region tourney.

Standing in the way is Alcovy, which is also jockeying for position as the region tourney nears.

Last time, the Bulldogs needed a fourth-quarter rally to edge the Tigers.

"They (Alcovy) are a tough team. We had a couple of players play really well last time and hit some clutch shots at the end of the game," Rockdale boys coach Mitchell Harris said. "We trailed in every quarter of the game, then in the fourth quarter, we made a couple of key shots that were very important.

"This game will show if we've matured. You have to be disciplined, and after 20 games, we should be disciplined enough to know what we're supposed to do in certain situations."

On the girls' side, the Heritage girls lost their first subregion game of the season Friday, dropping a 34-20 decision to the Lady Seminoles.

The two teams are now tied, although Heritage has the tie breaker after earning a better record in the region crossover games.

The Lady Patriots host Cedar Shoals, while the Lady Seminoles travel to Eastside.

Both teams need to knock off Cedar Shoals this week to make sure that they finish as either No. 1 or No. 2 in the tournament seedings.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com