Threat of winter weather postpones Region 8 basketball tournament

For the second time in 14 days, winter weather postponed area high school basketball games.

The Region 8-AAAAA Tournament for both girls and boys were supposed to begin Monday night, but the potential for a mix of snow and ice Tuesday and Wednesday pushed the games back at least three days.

The two play-in games involving the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, which included a No. 8 Heritage and No. 9 Apalachee match up in the girl’s tournament, were scheduled to be played Monday, but were instead moved to Thursday, when the post-season tournaments are now scheduled to begin.

The quarterfinals will be played Friday, with the No. 1 seed Salem girls playing the Heritage-Apalachee winner and the No. 2 seed Heritage boys and seventh-seeded Salem scheduled to tip at Apalachee High School (along with the other No. 1 vs. No. 8/9 match up in boys and the other No. 2 vs. No. 7 match up in the girl’s bracket). Friday at Loganville High School, the No. 4 vs. No. 5 and No. 3 vs. No. 6 quarterfinal match ups will take place in both the girls and boy’s brackets.

The semifinals will take place Saturday and Loganville, and the two championship games and two third-place games will take place on Monday, February 17.

If the weather continues to disrupt travel conditions, and the tournaments can’t tip off Thursday, the play-in games will be moved up to Friday and both the quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Saturday.

The defending league champion Salem girls just completed a 16-0 regular season in region play and will head into the tournament on a 19-game winning streak. The Heritage boys won their last six games to finish 13-3 in league play and are a favorite to meet top-seed Clarke Central in the final. Salem’s boys struggled for much of the season, finishing 4-12, but lost by just seven points to Heritage the last time the teams played on February 1.

Gainesville, which won the boy’s title a year ago by knocking off Salem in the championship game, is the No. 5 seed.