“In basketball, a lot of times I don’t care what level whether it’s high school, college or the pros, the teams that peak at the right time it pays big dividends for them and that is kind of what happened with us,” Creekside coach Brett Lewis said. “The last few weeks we’ve just been playing some of our best basketball. The timing is perfect.”
Not only is the timing right but the Seminoles are due in a sense because of the 11 setbacks by single digits during the regular season.
“We had been real competitive during the year and we lost a bunch of close games,” Lewis said. There were several games where we lost by just four points or less. They’ve been right there all year.”
Ironically, two of Creekside’s four-point losses were to McIntosh and Whitewater, which the Seminoles both defeated by double digits before the region tournament. Then Creekside used that momentum to rout Ola 78-48 on Feb. 9 and edge Mt. Zion 62-57 two days later.
“Anytime you lose to a team, the guys push and as coaches we use that as a little motivation and we definitely felt we were a better team but we just didn’t play well,” Lewis said. “So they came out with a lot of intensity and they knew this was a win-or-go-home situation so the focus was there and they came out and played at such a high level from start to finish.”
Now, the Seminoles will travel to Bainbridge on Wednesday for a first-round matchup, which will also be their first playoff appearance since the 2009-10 season.
“It was definitely exciting for the guys making it to the state,” Lewis said. “They kind of celebrated for a minute or so then they basically had the attitude like the coaches—they weren’t satisfied and wanted to do more.”
Other boys’ teams competing in the state tournament this Wednesday are Tri-Cities, Westlake, Morrow, Jonesboro, North Clayton, South Atlanta, Woodward Academy and Hapeville Charter. Tri-Cities, Woodward, South Atlanta and Jonesboro will all host games. Just like Creekside, Westlake, Morrow, North Clayton and Hapeville will all travel.