ATHENS, Ga. — The Buford Wolves won’t complain about the GHSA’s decision to move the state basketball championships from Macon to Athens. The shorter drive – on a school night – allowed even more of their supports to witness a Buford sweep of both Class AAAAA state titles.
In the girls’ final, Buford got 15 points for Tory Ozment on the way to a 60-42 win over Southwest DeKalb. It was the fifth state championship for the Buford Girls, who finished the season at 29-2. SWD’s season ended at 27-5.
Then came the boys AAAAA matchup between Buford and Cedar Shoals, for who it seemed like a home game. Combined with Buford, the Athens-based Jaguars brought a crowd to Stegeman Coliseum that was larger than crowds for most Georgia Bulldogs’ games this season. They were treated to a thriller with Buford winning, 75-61, claiming the first boys’ state basketball title in school history.
The first day of the 2017 GHSA State Championships started with Pelham beating Telfair County, 60-42, to win the Class A Public girls’ title. The Hornets finished at 30-1 and were ranked No. 1 from the season’s opening week until its last.
In the boys Class A Public final it was Wilkinson County rallying in the second half for a 66-53 come-from-behind victory over Calhoun County. That made it two in a row for the Warriors who finished at 25-7, and the ninth state title on program history.