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Playoff picture for Wildcat hoops

Here is how things stack up if the Richmond Hill boys’ basketball team advances in the state tournament.

After Saturday’s 44-43 win over Lee County in the first round, the Wildcats will host Lakeside Evans at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Saturday’s game was the first time Richmond Hill hosted a state playoff game since 2012, and this is the first time the Wildcats have advanced to the second round since their 1994 championship season.

Lakeside, from near Augusta, was the No. 4 seed in Region 3-AAAAAA. They upset Stephenson Saturday, the No. 1 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA by a score of 65-63.

Although the Panthers are only 13-12 overall, they went 7-3 in their region but lost both region tournament games and wound up as the fourth seed. Lakeside features Kalen Williams, the region player of the year. The junior guard has already surpassed 1,000 points for his high school career and is attracting attention from Division 1 programs.

If Richmond Hill wins, it would face the winner of Alexander at Gainesville in the Elite Eight, on Feb. 28. Alexander is the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAAAAA, while Gainesville is the No. 1 seed in Region 8-AAAAAA. Those teams are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Alexander is 16-11 overall and went 12-4 in region play. Gainesville is 21-6 overall and was 10-0 in region play. Gainesville’s K.J. Buffen, a 6’7” wing, has signed with Middle Tennessee State University.

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