The schedules for the championship round of the 2017 GHSA / Dr. Ralph Swearngin State Basketball Tournament have been set with consideration given for competitive balance between the two final sites as well as travel issues for the teams likely to be vying for the trophies.
The four-day finals will tip off with the Class A Public girls and boys playing at the University of Georgia on Wednesday, March 8. Then the Class 5A teams will battle that evening as the GHSA decides basketball winners in Athens for the first time since 1941.
Thursday’s schedule at UGA begins at 11 a.m., with the AAASP Wheelchair title game followed by the 3A and 6A girls and boys finals later (see chart below for exact game times).
Friday’s action returns to Georgia Tech for the first time since 2003 and will tip off with the Class A Private school girls and boys championship games. Later that same evening, the two Class 4A titles will be decided.
The tournament concludes on Saturday at Tech with the 2A games followed by the 7A title matches.
All the final games will be streamed live on the NFHS Network.
"The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech have two of the premier basketball complexes in the state," said GHSA Executive Director Gary Phillips. "Both schools worked tirelessly with the GHSA to devise a schedule that eliminates any conflict between the state championship games and the Bulldogs’ and Yellow Jackets’ own use of these marvelous facilities. The primary goal of the GHSA is to promote the best interests of Georgia’s high school student-athletes, and we are thrilled at the experience these venues will offer to the teams, their schools and their fans."
State Championships: March 8-11
Where - Championships
Stegeman Coliseum (March 8-9)
100 Smith Street
Athens, GA 30602
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Permitted and Prohibited items at Stegeman Coliseum
McCamish Pavilion (March 10-11)
965 Fowler St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Online Parking Sales and Parking Lot Map
Permitted and Prohibited items at McCamish Pavilion
Please note the following when coming to the Finals:
* No outside food or drink will be allowed into the arena
* No noisemakers will be allowed into the arena
* No posters or signs larger than 8.5" x 11" will be allowed into the arena
* No drones will be allowed into the arena
* At Stegeman Coliseum, no bags over 10" x 12" are allowed inside the arena
Wed., March 8 - Univ. of Georgia
Girls A Public - Pelham 60, Telfair Co. 42
Boys A Public - Wilkinson County 66, Calhoun Co. 53
Girls 5A - Buford 60, SW DeKalb 42
Boys 5A - Buford 75, Cedar Shoals 61
Thurs., March 9 - Univ. of Georgia
AAASP Wheelchair - Houston County 41, West Georgia 26
Girls 3A - Beach 59, Johnson-Savannah 44
Boys 3A - Pace Academy 54, Morgan County 46
Girls 6A - Mays 52, Harrison 51
Boys 6A - Langston Hughes 73, Brunswick 52
Fri., March 10 - Georgia Tech
Girls A Private - Wesleyan 51, Holy Innocents' 48
Boys A Private - Greenforest 81, SW Atlanta Christian 57
Girls 4A - Columbus 68, Carver-Columbus 67, OT
Boys 4A - Upson-Lee 53, St. Pius 48
Sat., March 11 - Georgia Tech
Girls 2A - Laney 85, Rabun County 76
Boys 2A - South Atlanta 68, Swainsboro 33
Girls 7A - McEachern 75, Norcross 68
Boys 7A - Tift County 55, Norcross 52
$12.00 per day.
Pre-event tickets for Championship Finals (UGA / GT) can be purchased on GoFan. Tickets purchased on GoFan must be presented on a smart phone for entry.
NFHS Network - Video Streaming
All Championship Finals are Live at NFHSNetwork.com/GHSA. There will also be select playoff games by NFHS Network member schools, who will stream their own games. A 30-day subscription is $9.95 for an all-access, unlimited viewing pass on any device for all events, any sport and even access to other member state association. DVDs can also be ordered at NFHSNetwork.com. Spread the word to family, friends and fans. NFHS Network - High School Happens Here!
Get live statistics for and play-by-play from championship finals will be at www.wgtcathletics.com/ghsa courtesy of West Georgia Technical College.
Event programs produced by ScoreAtlanta. Free to fans at semifinals & championship finals venues.
State championship merchandise will be available on site by Team IP.
Sports medicine coverage at finals provided by Sports Medicine South and Gwinnett Medical Center.