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BASKETBALL: Final week of regular season will impact tourneys

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Little by little, the brackets for the upcoming region tournaments are coming together.

And after tonight, several more of the blanks will likely be filled in.

With a large number of significant games on the schedule, numerous local teams from Regions 6-A/A, 7-AA and 5-AAAAA will be looking to solidify their postseason positions.

The Model boys and girls are traveling to Calhoun tonight to face the Region 7-AA leaders, and the outcomes will have postseason ramifications.

Although the Calhoun boys have already secured the region’s regular-season championship, the Model boys are among the teams who are fighting for the region’s No. 2 seed for next week’s tournament at Georgia Highlands.

And this year, finishing in the No. 2 spot in the regular season standings carries more weight than normal. The top two teams in the 7-AA standings are being awarded a double-bye in the region tournament and will move straight into the semifinals, thereby being assured of a berth at the state tournament.

The Devils — who are one game behind second-place Dade County — are one of three teams in the region with five region losses, along with Coosa and Murray County.

On the girls side, the Calhoun-Model game will certainly have an impact on the postseason.

If Calhoun wins, the Lady Jackets — who have already assured themselves of no worse than a second-place finish — will lock down the region’s regular-season championship.

If Model wins, the Lady Devils will stay alive in the hunt for the top seed and will secure an automatic berth to state by ensuring themselves of being one of the top two seeds for the tourney.

In Region 5-AAAAA action, the Rome High teams are traveling to Woodland with hopes of extending their late-season surges.

Tonight is the regular-season finale for both the Wolves and Lady Wolves, who will officially find out their postseason fate on Wednesday when the region releases the brackets.

The Darlington teams are traveling to Christian Heritage tonight for a 6-A/A doubleheader. The Lady Tigers, who are in second place in the region standings, and Tigers are each looking to boost their position in the Class A power rankings, which will determine the state tournament bids. (In Class A, the region tourney winners get an automatic berth to state, but the other bids are awarded based on the power rankings for both the public and private school tournaments).