Six DeKalb County basketball teams took another step forward in playing for a state championship.
The boys’ basketball teams from Greenforest, Lithonia, Miller Grove and St. Pius advanced to the Elite Eight of their respective classification after wins in the second round of the playoffs on Feb. 23. Southwest DeKalb and Stephenson girls’ basketball teams advanced to the next round with wins in the second round on Feb. 22.
Greenforest advanced to the Elite Eight in the Class A-Private playoffs after defeating Mt. Paran 74-43. Justin Forest led the team with 14 points and five assists. Jandan Duggan and David Quimby each scored 12 points. The Eagles will face Holy Innocents March 1.
The St. Pius Golden Lions defeated Mary Persons in the second round of the Class AAAA playoff tournament to advance to the Elite Eight. St. Pius fought its way back from a 25-20 first quarter deficit to defeat Mary Persons 74-71. The Golden Lions will face Carver-Columbus March 1.
In Class AAAAA, Lithonia and Miller Grove will represent DeKalb in the boys’ playoff tournament. The Lithonia Bulldogs defeated Riverdale 55-45 on the road in the second round. Zion Cain led the team with 18 points and Christian Parker added 13. The Bulldogs will travel to Athens to take on Cedar Shoals March 1 in the Elite Eight.
Miller Grove’s Wolverines defeated Starr’s Mill 55-33 in the second round. Naquante Hardy led the team with 16 points and Maurice Harvey added 11 points. Miller Grove will host Riverwood March 1.
Southwest DeKalb advanced to the Elite Eight in the Class AAAAA girls’ tournament with a 45-26 win over McIntosh in the second round. Ruona Uwusaiba led the team with 17 points and five rebounds while Jada Walton added nine points, five rebounds and four assists. The Lady Panthers faced Eagles Landing Feb. 28 in the Elite Eight. Score was not available by press time.
Stephenson advanced to the Class AAAAAA girls’ Elite Eight with a 59-41 win over River Ridge in the second round. Naomi Holloway led the Lady Jaguars with 25 points. Stephenson traveled to Johns Creek Feb. 28 to take on Northview. Score was not available by press time.
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