JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Alpharetta certainly didn’t want to be in the third-place game at the Region 7-AAAAAA tournament. The Raiders entered the tournament with the No. 1 seed and had gone 15-1 against region opponents in the regular season. However, the Raiders were upset by Dunwoody, 70-59, last Friday in the tournament semifinals and were forced to settle for the consolation game against Cambridge.
Cambridge no doubt would have rather been playing in the region tournament, but a loss to Pope in the semifinals ended those hopes. However, the Bears were still pleased to be playing in the consolation game, because with it came an automatic bid to the state tournament, Cambridge’s first-ever state tourney berth.
Last Saturday the two teams met to decide which would claim the No. 3 seed from the region with a win. In the consolation game, Alpharetta beat Cambridge for the third time this season, winning 69-52.
Alpharetta was led by a standout performance from sophomore Brandon Barron who scored 18, gathered seven rebounds and had five assists and three steals. The Raiders’ Ryan Jenai led in scoring with 20 points, shooting 7-9 from the free-throw line. Jaycee Horn added 11 points.
Cambridge sophomore guard Kamar Robertson led the Bears with 14 points and nine rebounds. David Banks scored 12 points with seven rebounds.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Alpharetta began to pull away and steadily increased its lead throughout the game to take the eventual 17-point victory.
With the win, Alpharetta earned the No. 3 seed for the state tournament and will face Tri-Cities on the road in the first round.
Cambridge will make its first appearance in a state tournament game against Region 5-AAAAAA champions South Paulding (26-1).