The Banks County boys played the first round of the postseason Tuesday night and it was a refreshing change from the end of the regular season for the Leopards.
Tuesday night the Leopards took on Jackson County in the opening of the 8-AA region tournament. Banks County handily earned the win, 64-51 over Jackson County.
Jackson County entered as the fourth seed on 8-AA South while fifth seed Banks County represented the northside. The Leopards 13 point margin victory sends the boys into Thursday’s game taking on the top seeded East Hall. Banks County takes on the Vikings, Thursday at 7 p.m. in Hart County. The winner of that game advances to the semi-finals at Rabun County on Friday to face the winner of Elbert County versus North Oconee.
Leading into the region tournament the end of the regular season was a bleak mess for the Leopards as the boys dropped the season closer on the road to Dawson County.
Struggling throughout the first half, Banks County was barely hanging on at the half, 5-29. The Leopards did start to string a few together with Seth McEntire dropping in 10 points during the game. Banks County scored 33 in the second half, but the 24 point lead proved to be to big for the Leopards to cut down in the second half. Dawson County took the victory, 59-38.
Now with the regular season behind them and the region tournament hitting full gear tomorrow, the Leopards still have a shot burn up the hardwood and earn a shot at making it into the state tournament.