HOOPS ROUNDUP: Benedictine is Final Four bound Johnson Windsor Woodville seasons end

By Prep Sports Report Staff | March 2, 2023

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Four Savannah high schools continued pursuing a Georgia High School Association championship in boys' basketball. Only one moved on to the final four of the GHSA Class AAAA championships, Benedictine Military School.


Here are the results from the quarterfinals of the GHSA playoffs.




Benedictine (18-5) defeats Madison County, 58-35: After the first quarter, Benedictine was ahead 15–6 and had a 27–13 lead at the half. The Cadets finished the third quarter with a 38–23 lead and then cruised to their 10th straight win. Benedictine's super sophomore Caleb Jones led the Cadets with 24 points.


Also, note it's the first time in 64 years that the Cadets are in the GHSA final four. BC will play Fayette County (25-5) in a Class AAAA semifinal at 8 p.m. Saturday at Fort Valley State University.




Sandy Creek 56, Johnson 50

It was a battle of the top two teams in Class AAAA. Top-ranked Sandy Creek held off a late charge from No. 2 Johnson (25-5) to move on to the semifinals at Fort Valley State on Friday. There, they will play defending champion Cross Creek.

At one point in the game, Johnson was down 18 points. By the end of the third quarter, Sandy Creek's lead was cut to 11 at 46-35. Johnson would widdle the Patriots lead to three, 53-50, with 1:20, but Sandy Creek held off the surging Atomsmashers to win 56-50. Johnson's Antonio Baker Jr. was the game-high scorer with 18 points in the loss.



Columbia 74, Windsor Forest 60


At halftime, the Windsor Forst (23-7) were ahead 33–28, but the solid second half by Columbia. The Eagles would outscore the Knights 46 - 27 in the second half to beat the host Windsor Forest 74-60 in a Class 2A Elite Eight game. The Knights, the Class 3A state runner-up last year, moved down to Class 2A this year and made another run deep into the playoffs. Windsor was led by sophomore Landon, pages 16 points.



King's Ridge 62, Woodville-Tompkins 54


No. 4 seed King's Ridge beat host No. 1 seed Woodville-Tompkins (20-9)  62-54 on the road to move on to the Final 4. Alfonzo Ross had 28 points, which was the game's high scorer.


GIAA State Boys Semifinal game schedule today

GIAA Boys Class A Boys

Memorial Day School (18-4) vs. Thomas Jefferson (12-11), @ Stratford Academy Macon, 1:30 p.m.


Class 3A Boys

St. Andrew's School (25-1) vs. Lakeview (16-13), @ First Presbyterian Macon, 7:30 p.m.


PHOTO CREDIT: Benedictine social media pages


Optim Orthopedics supports Benedictine Military School, Calvary Day School, Richmond Hill High School, Savannah Country Day, South Effingham High School, and St. Vincent's athletics. Benedictine Military School's team doctor is Dr. David Sedory. Dr. David Palmer is the team doctor for Calvary Day School, South Effingham, and Richmond Hill. Savannah Country Day and St. Vincent's team doctor is Dr. Thomas Alexander. Remember, Optim Orthopedics gets you back into the game.

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