By Zach Shugan
No. 1 Milton 74, Woodstock 49
Milton (18-2, 8-0) won its 16th game in a row Friday night, as sophomore L.T. Overton finished with a team-high 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Eagles can clinch a region title and number-one seed for the 7A state tournament with a win Tuesday at No. 5 Cherokee (16-5, 5-2).
Roswell 80, Alpharetta 66
Roswell (15-8, 5-4) held off a sharpshooting Alpharetta (3-15, 0-7) team, led by senior Michael Fitzgerald‘s 23 points. The Hornets, currently fourth in the region standings with one game remaining, have locked up a spot in the 7A state tournament as either a three or four seed.
No. 8 Centennial 89, Johns Creek 63
Centennial (15-3, 9-1) extended its win streak to six games, as Logan Turner (23) and Kyle Duncan (20) and Mansir Williamson (16) combined for 59 point. The Knights play Creekview and No. 3 Chattahoochee (12-1, 7-0) next week. Johns Creek (7-11, 4-6), currently in sixth place in the region, has upcoming games against Riverwood and Cambridge.
River Ridge 46, Cambridge 26
Cambridge (6-12, 1-9) fell at home to the third-place team in the region, as the Bears played again without several starters. Cambridge hosts Sequoyah and Johns Creek next week.
Northview 58, M.L. King 48
Northview (5-10, 4-5) picked up a crucial win at home over region foe M.L. King. The win moved the Titans into fourth place in the region with only three games remaining in the regular season.
St. Francis 69, No. 1 Mount Pisgah 55
St. Francis (2-8, 2-5) avenged an early-season loss to Mount Pisgah (14-6, 10-1), handing the Patriots their first loss in region play this season. The Knights have a chance to avenge another loss Saturday at No. 10 King’s Ridge, while the Patriots play at Mt. Bethel.
No. 10 King’s Ridge 68, Fellowship 59 (OT)
King’s Ridge (12-2, 8-2) followed up a win over St. Francis by taking down Fellowship in overtime. The Tigers host St. Francis in a rematch Saturday, and the Paladins (6-5, 4-4) play on the road at region foe Weber.
Roswell 57, Alpharetta 46
Roswell (7-10, 3-3) won at home over Alpharetta (7-12, 2-5) keeping the Hornets in the top four of the region standings, while the Raiders are in fifth place and in danger of missing the 7A state playoffs. Region 5-7A will not play its region tournament this year, so the top four teams from the regular season will earn berths to the state tournament.
Woodstock 64, Milton 17
Milton (1-17, 0-8) went on the road Friday night and fell to the second-place team in the region. The Eagles host Wheeler on Saturday and play Roswell twice next week.
Johns Creek 58, Centennial 31
Junior Paris Miller led Johns Creek (13-8, 8-3) with 21 points in a win over Centennial (2-17, 0-11). The Gladiators play Riverwood Feb. 2 before key games against Cambridge and Sequoyah to close out the regular season.
No. 9 River Ridge 56, Cambridge 50
Cambridge (12-7, 7-4) dropped a close game at home to the top team in the region and No. 9 ranked team in Class 6A. The fourth-place Bears play the two teams directly above them in the region standings (Sequoyah and Johns Creek) next week.
No. 4 St. Francis 81, Mount Pisgah 49
St. Francis (12-3, 5-0) won its fourth game in a row, defeating Mount Pisgah (4-4, 2-2) in a team effort. The Knights play Saturday at Class 6A’s No. 3 Buford before returning to region play next week against Lakeview Academy and Fellowhsip. The Patriots’ opponents next week include Fellowship, Pinecrest and Lakeview Academy.