The Jags, coming off a close loss to 2nd-place Henry County in McDonough Tuesday, will face their second straight tough Region 4-AAA opponent — the Class AAA No. 2 state-ranked Eagle’s Landing Golden Eagles — tonight at 8:30 p.m., again in McDonough.
“The plan is to go down and steal a win at Eagle’s Landing. Hopefully that plan will come together,” said Jags head coach Terry White. “I believe if we can go down there and beat them, our confidence will be sky high for the rest of our games.”
Beating this Eagle’s Landing team will definitely be a confidence boost, to say the least. The Golden Eagles are in first place in the region at 15-1 overall (8-0 region), they started the season with 12 straight wins and they just beat region opponent Jackson High 87-25 Tuesday night. Their only loss was a 44-37 setback to Columbia High in the finals of the Columbia Invitational Tournament back on Dec. 30. Columbia (15-1) just happens to be the No. 1 ranked team in the state in AAA.
Spalding (6-9, 2-5) will have to get off to a good start against ELHS and make shots to be competitive in this game. The Jags have fallen behind early in consecutive losses to Eastside and Henry County and they’ve missed a decent amount of free throws in both games. Both teams can score the ball as ELHS is second in the region in points scored at 69 points per game while Spalding is third at 67 ppg. The difference is ELHS only allows 48 ppg while Spalding allows 66 ppg.
It doesn’t get any easier for Spalding during this stretch as the Jags will have to face the region’s third-place team, Drew High, Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Drew. The Titans are 12-3 overall and 5-3 in the region.
Jones County (4-12 overall, 2-3 Region 3A-AAAA) at Griffin (4-10, 1-4):
Griffin looks to end its 5-game losing streak with a win today at The House at 8:30 p.m. against a Jones County team coming off a 60-38 loss to subregion A leader Alcovy Tuesday. The Greyhounds of Jones County have lost three of their last five games. The Bears need to be more consistent and have to get their confidence back, which may have been shattered during their huge loss to Mary Persons Dec. 23 at the Lamar County Tournament.
A win by the Bears would put Griffin in a tie for fifth in the subregion with Jones County.
Griffin Christian (10-4 overall, 2-1 GISA Region 2-AAA) at Tattnall Square Academy (9-4, 1-2):
It doesn’t get any easier for the No. 5 state-ranked Crusaders of Griffin Christian as they venture to Macon to face a good Tattnall Square team tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tattnall recorded its first region win Tuesday, a 58-39 home victory over crosstown rival Mount de Sales. Griffin Christian is coming off a heartbreaking 79-77 loss to Arlington Christian and it must rebound from that setback in order to get the win tonight and on Saturday as it faces Furtah Prep that day at 5 p.m.
Ballard Christian School (7-3 overall, 4-2 ICSGA 1A South) at Faith Christian Academy (5-2, 4-2):
FCA defeated Ballard Christian on the road earlier this season, but Ballard was awarded a forfeit win due to a technicality. Sole possession of first place in the subregion is at stake during this game, slated for tonight at 7 p.m., so the homestanding Lions of Faith Christian need to keep their cool and play smart, fundamental basketball in order to get the win. Ballard has won two straight games while FCA had a late game Thursday at Grace Christian-Columbus, a team the Lions beat 61-58 on Dec. 12.