We’re only one round into the Georgia High School Association’s basketball tournaments, but we already have the first two winners of the Patch Georgia High School Basketball Challenge.
Dan Matthews from Oconee Patch and Trey from Cartersville Patch proved to be the top prognosticators in the first round in Class AAAAA and Class AAAA, respectively, and each won a Patch prize pack, including a Patch polo shirt. They also took the lead in the competition for the Patch hoodie that goes to the top winners for the whole tournament in AAAAA and AAAA.
Trey went 28-4 in picking the AAAA games, three games better than South Cobb Patch’s windhamkn and four better than Bago Hammers of Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch, gmcdowell of Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch, Drew of Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch and Smithrock of Stone Mountain-Redan Patch.
Although they trail Trey in the AAAA tournament, windhamkn and gmcdowell stand atop the pack in the hunt for the overall February Frenzy championship and a coveted Patch jacket.
Windhamkn picked 23 AAAAA and 25 AAAA games correctly to grab the first-round lead, one game ahead of gmcdowell, who had 23 AAAAA and 24 AAAA wins. What’s the difference between them? While gmcdowell gained a game when Chattahoochee’s boys scored the winning points with three seconds left against Pope, windhamkn made up for that loss with two girls picks: Mays over Flowery Branch and Mundys Mill over South Effingham.
Also in the hunt for the top title are Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch’s Drew and Dallas-Hiram Patch’s kthellsn with 46 wins each.
It’s not too late to show your prognosticating powers, regardless of whether you played in the first round. Click the links below to make your picks for the second round in AAAAA and AAAA. You could win a Patch prize pack if you post more correct picks than anyone else in either classification, plus you’ll join the competition for the overall titles. And it’s all free.
The deadline to submit your picks for the second round is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.
AAAAA Standings Name Patch Wins Dan Matthews Oconee 25 Fembot East Cobb 24 Travis Allen Alpharetta-Milton 24 allaboutthemoo Cumming 24 patsr Johns Creek 23 balling22 East Cobb, Kennesaw 23 Chichi Woodstock-Towne Lake 23 kthellsn Dallas-Hiram 23 Bucher Lilburn-Mountain Park 23 gmcdowell Lilburn-Mountain Park 23 GSmithGa Peachtree Corners-Berkeley Lake 23 windhamkn South Cobb 23 trenterbub Woodstock-Towne Lake 23 pgiltman Cumming 23
AAAA Standings Name Patch Wins Trey Cartersville 28 windhamkn South Cobb 25 Bago Hammers Holly Springs 24 gmcdowell Lilburn-Mountain Park 24 Drew Woodstock-Towne Lake 24 Smithrock Stone Mountain-Redan 24 Angela Davis Cascade 23 kthellsn Dallas-Hiram 23 eorlingas Cartersville 23 Hoochfan Johns Creek 23 Justin Holly Springs-Hickory Flat 23
Combined Standings Name Patch Wins windhamkn South Cobb 48 gmcdowell Lilburn-Mountain Park 47 kthellsn Dallas-Hiram 46 Drew Woodstock-Towne Lake 46 eorlingas Cartersville 41 Elric Cartersville 40 Smithrock Stone Mountain-Redan 39 Trey Cartersville 28 Jrmayheu Lilburn-Mountain Park 26 Rumples Lilburn-Mountain Park 25 Dan Matthews Oconee 25