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Boy Basketball Players to Watch at Savannah-Area Tournaments

The regular season is over and now the pressure is on for the best high school basketball teams in the Coastal Empire.

It’s regional tournament time for the majority of teams in the Greater Savannah area, with things kicking into high gear on Wednesday and continuing through the end of the week.

Here’s a look at some of the top players to watch as the action heats up, with tournament schedules included. We’ll update this story with top performers as games are played throughout the week.

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Note that Region 3A Private held their tournament at Savannah Country Day this past weekend, with Calvary Day defeating Thomas Aquinas for the boys’ title, while Savannah Country Day defeated Calvary to win the girls’ championship.

In GISA action, the St. Andrew’s men’s team claimed their first regional title since 2004 last weekend with victory over Frederica Academy. The Lions are the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A state tournament. St. Andrew’s (21-4) is set to host the Young Americans Christian (12-11) on Wednesday with a tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Region 3-3A

The Region 3-3A boys title race is expected to be a hotly contested one. No. 1 seed Windsor Forest is ranked second among Class 3A teams in the state by Sandysspiel.com.

The Knights are 18-4 overall and 11-1 in regional play, with that loss coming at Liberty County in a game D’Ante Bass and Windsor Forest teammate Qurahn Anderson missed with wounds.

Groves is the No. 2 seed, with Beach at No. 3 and Johnson at No. 4. Windsor Forest edged Johnson last week 71-68 and narrowly escaped with a 54-53 win over Beach. Groves has also been there with Windsor Forest in both games this season so this should be a great tournament.

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Players to watch:

D’Ante Bass, Windsor Forest, Sr.

Windsor Forest's D'Ante Bass attempts a jump shot against Groves High School.

Bass has started to come back strong from ankle injuries in his last few starts and was recently named 3-3A Region Player of the Year. The Georgetown signee excels at both ends of the court for the Knights and is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game (11-game stats on Maxpreps)

Qurahn Anderson, Windsor Forest, Jr.

Anderson has become one of Savannah’s best players. He was an All-Region 3-3A first-team selection and fits right in with Windsor Forest’s fast-paced offense.

Tremaine Johnson of Groves High School.

Colonel Jerald, Groves, Sr.

The 6-foot-7 forward plays even taller than his height with a huge wingspan. He was a first-team all-region pick and is averaging 10.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.1 blocks per game.

Tremaine Johnson, Groves, Sr.

Johnson is vital for the Rebels as the senior is averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Larry Johnson, Beach, So.

The second-year goaltender is having a stellar season for the Bulldogs with his play at both ends of the field. He is averaging 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Johnson's Antonio Baker (left in white jersey) watches the basket after receiving a pass from Demond Hendrix (#1) as Beach's Larry Johnson jumps high in the air to defend during a regular season game.

Shamarrie Hugie, Beach, Jr.

The talented guard is averaging 16 points per game but has missed a few big games recently, including Beach’s one-point loss to Windsor Forest last week. Bringing him back would be important to the Bulldogs’ title chances.

Ted Hurst, Johnson, Sr.

Ted Hurst of Johnson High School.

Hurst signed to play football at Valdosta State last week, but he’s determined to end his prep basketball career on a high. The all-region first-team pick is averaging 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Antonio Baker, Johnson High School

Antonio Baker, Johnson, Jr.

Baker has been hot lately. The first-team selection from all regions are averaging 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Region 3-3A Boys Schedule

Wednesday (2/16)

In Liberty County

#4 Johnson-Savannah vs. #5 Liberty County, 6:30 p.m.

At Windsor Forest

#3 Beach vs. #6 Southeast Bulloch, 6:30 a.m.

Thursday (2/17)

In Liberty County

#2 Groves vs. #3 Beach/#6 Savannah/Southeast Bulloch, 6:30 a.m.

At Windsor Forest

#1 Windsor Forest vs. #4 Johnson-Savannah/#5 Liberty County, 6:30 a.m.

Friday (2/18)

To the top of the boys’ series

Solace, 5

Championship, 6:30 a.m.

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Region 2-6A

Bradwell Institute dominated in an 80-41 win over Richmond Hill last Friday to secure a spot in the state playoffs. The No. 3 Tigers met No. 2 Effingham County on Tuesday night, Feb. 15, for a berth in the final against the winner of top-seeded Statesboro and Glynn Academy.

Players to watch:

Tahshaun Frasier, Bradwell Institute, So.

Tahshaun Frasier of the Bradwell Institute.

Frasier has been a key point for the Tigers, averaging 15.1 points per game.

Keion Wallace, Effingham County, Jr.

The highly recruited football star had another great basketball season for the Rebels – averaging 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Region 2-6A Tournament Schedule

#4 Glynn Academy 61, #5 Brunswick 49

#3 Bradwell Institute 80, #6 Richmond Hill 41

Tuesday (2/15)

In Statesboro

#2 Effingham County vs. #3 Bradwell Institute, 6

#1 Statesboro vs. #4 Glynn Academy, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday (2/17)

At Brunswick

Solace, 6:00

Championship, 7:30 a.m.

Region 3-4A

Benedictine claimed the regular season crown with a narrow victory over New Hampstead on Friday for the first regional cadet title since 2010.

BC is the No. 1 seed and will face Jenkins on Wednesday, with the winner taking on the winner of Islands against New Hampstead on Friday.

Players to watch:

Christiaan Neely of the Benedictine basketball team.

Christiaan Neely, Benedictine, Sr.

The senior guard is a leader for the cadets and is averaging 11.1 points and 3.3 assists per game.

Caleb Jones, Benedictine, P.

Keep an eye out for the talented freshman who leads BC with 11.9 points per game.

Zion Griffin, New Hampstead, Jr.

The junior guard is a leader for a scrappy Phoenix team.

Russell Wright, Islands, Sr.

The goaltender averages 14 points per game for the Sharks.

Juwan Boggs, Jenkins, Jr.

The talented junior is averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Region 3-4A Tournament Schedule

Chez Benedictine

Wednesday (2/16)

#1 Benedictine vs #4 Jenkins, 4:30

#2 New Hampstead vs. #3 Islands, 7:30 a.m.

Friday (2/18)

Consolation: 4h30

Championship: 7:30 a.m.

Region 2-2A

Woodville-Tompkins are the only local team in that region, and Wolverines are the No. 2 seed behind top seed Vidalia.

Players to watch:

Zion Powers, Woodville-Tompkins, Sr.

Powers of Zion from Woodville-Tompkins.

An all-region first-team selection for the Wolverines.

Alonzo Ross, Woodville-Tompkins, Jr.

Ross was also an all-region first-team pick.

Schedule Region 2-2A

Monday (2/14)

In Toombs County

#6 Toombs County 66, #7 Bacon County 47

Tuesday (2/15)

At Vidalia

#4 Jeff Davis vs. #5 East Laurens, 5:30 a.m.

#3 Swainsboro vs. #6 Toombs County, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday (2/17)

At Vidalia

#2 Woodville-Tompkins vs. #3 Swainsboro/#6 Toombs County, 5:30 a.m.

#1 Vidalia vs. #4 Jeff Davis/#5 East Laurens, 8:30 a.m.

Friday (2/18)

At Vidalia

Solace, 5:30 a.m.

Championship, 8:30 a.m.

Region 3-A Public

Bryan County won the No. 1 seed with a turnaround season. The team is led by all-region first-choice Jamal Campbell, Tanner Ennis and Devontae Bowers.

Region 3-A Boys Public Tournament Schedule

#5 Screven County vs. #8 McIntosh County Academy, 5:30 a.m.

#6 ECI vs. #7 Claxton, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday (2/17)

#4 Jenkins County vs. #5 Screven County/#8 MCA, 5:30 a.m.

#3 Metter vs. #6 ECI/#7 Claxton, 8:30 a.m.

Friday (2/18)

#1 Bryan County vs. #4 Jenkins County/#5 Screven County/#8, 5:30

#2 Portal vs. #3 Metter/#6 ECI/#7 Claxton, 8:30 a.m.

Saturday (2/19)

Solace, 5:30 a.m.

Championship, 8:30 a.m.

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Girls Tournament Schedules

REGION 3-3A

Wednesday (2/16)

In Liberty County

#4 Savannah vs. #5 Southeast Bulloch, 5

At Windsor Forest

#3 Beach vs. #6 Windsor Forest, 5:00 a.m.

Thursday (2/17)

In Liberty County

#1 Liberty County vs. #4 Savannah High/#5 Southeast Bulloch, 5:00 a.m.

At Windsor Forest

#2 Johnson vs. #3 Beach/#6 Windsor Forest, 5:00

Friday (2/18)

To the top of the boys’ series

Solace, 5

Championship, 6:30 a.m.

REGION 2-6A

Thursday (2/10)

In Statesboro

#4 Glynn Academy 49, #5 Richmond Hill 44

#3 Statesboro 55, #6 South Effingham 39

Monday (2/14)

At Brunswick

#2 Bradwell Institute 67, #3 Statesboro 54

#1 Brunswick 59, #4 Glynn Academy 50, OT

Wednesday (2/16)

At Brunswick

Consolation: #3 Statesboro vs. #4 Glynn Academy, 6

Championship: #1 Brunswick vs. #2 Bradwell Institute, 7:30 a.m.

REGION 3-4A

Islands vs. Jenkins, 5:30

Friday (2/18)

Championship: Islands/Jenkins v New Hampstead, 6

REGION 2-2A

Monday (2/14)

In Toombs County

#6 Toombs County 62, #7 East Laurens 48

Tuesday (2/15)

At Vidalia

#5 Jeff Davis 43, #4 Bacon County 42

#3 Vidalia vs. #6 Toombs County, 7 p.m.

Thursday (2/17)

At Vidalia

#2 Woodville-Tompkins vs. #3 Vidalia / #6 Toombs County, 4

#1 Swainsboro vs. #5 Jeff Davis, 7

Friday (2/18)

At Vidalia

Solace, 4

Championship, 7

PUBLIC OF REGION 3-A

#5 McIntosh County Academy vs. #8 Metter, 4:00

#6 ECI vs. #7 Portal, 7:00 a.m.

Thursday (2/17)

#4 Jenkins County vs. #5 McIntosh County Academy/#8 Metter, 4:00

#3 Bryan County vs. #6 ECI/#7 Portal, 7:00 a.m.

Friday (2/18)

#1 Screven County vs. #4 Jenkins County / #5 MCA / #8 Metter, 4:00

#2 Claxton vs. #3 Bryan County / #6 ECI / #7, 7:00 a.m.

Saturday (2/19)

Solace, 4

Championship, 7

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected]. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN