Boys Basketball Power Rankings – End Of Regular Season

The 2020-21 season is officially in the books with all region tournaments completed. Now it’s on to the state playoffs, but here are our final Power Rankings for Boys Basketball.

#1 TOWNS COUNTY

RECORD: 20-3 (11-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1

The Indians completed their regular season with a region championship, defeating Commerce on Thursday night in the semifinals and Lincoln County Friday in the title game. It marks the first region title for Towns in at least the last 15 years. Now it’s back to the playoffs for the third time in the past 5 years. The boys set a school record in wins, as they passed the 2016-17 team in victories with the championship win, which also was their eighth win in a row. Towns is a top-10 ranked team in Class 1A.


#2 JEFFERSON

RECORD: 18-5 (10-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3

The Dragons are beginning to really look like they did a year ago when they made it to the state championship game. Jefferson had now won eight games in a row before falling Thursday night to North Oconee in the region title game. Jefferson is a top-10 ranked team in Class 4A.

#3 DAWSON COUNTY

RECORD: 21-7 (9-3)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5

The Tigers have won 4 straight games, and earned a 20-win season for the third straight season, also taking the region title in also three straight years. This one came with some revenge, as White County was the victim. Dawson had lost twice to the Warriors, but came up with the big win when it mattered most. The state playoff streak reaches 5 years in a row and 9 of the last 12 years. The Tigers are a top-10 ranked team in Class 3A.


#4 WHITE COUNTY

RECORD: 15-6 (11-1)
REGION: #2

The Warriors had won 10 of the last 11, falling only to Dawson County in the region tournament championship game. Still, White County is a region champion for the regular season and gets a home playoff game. This team is a force, and is also a top-10 ranked team. It’s the first trip back to state since 2017-18, and it’s their fourth trip since 2013-14. White County would love to advance past the first round, a feat it hasn’t seen in at least 12 years.


#5 TALLULAH FALLS

RECORD: 18-4 (10-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6

The Indians are coming off a historic win – the program’s first-ever region title. They ran the table in the regular season, and did so again in the tournament. It came with some heroics, like a buzzer-beater by Simeon Respress in the semifinals, which paved the way to a blowout win over George Walton in the championship game. Now it’s back to state for the fourth time in 5 seasons. TFS is a top-10 ranked team in Class 1A-Private, and have won 5 in a row and 16 of their last 18.


#6 BANKS COUNTY

RECORD: 18-8 (5-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4

The Leopards had a 5-game win streak snapped in the region title game loss Thursday to Elbert. Banks County has now taken a regular season or tournament championship in 5 of the last 6 seasons, as the Leopards did win the regular season title. They boys are knocking on the door of their sixth 20-win season since 2014-15. The Leopards are a top-10 ranked team in Class 2A, and are now riding a 7-year state playoff streak.


#7 LUMPKIN COUNTY

RECORD: 10-13 (4-8)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9

The Indians came close to pulling off a state playoff spot before falling in the region tournament quarterfinals. Lumpkin finished the season with two consecutive losses, though the final one against North Hall left nothing on the court for the boys. They fought hard. Lumpkin improved to 10 wins, the most since the 2016-17 team.


#8 STEPHENS COUNTY

RECORD: 10-12 (4-6)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7

Stephens County dropped 5 of its last 7 games to close the season, which ended on a heart-breaking overtime buzzer-beater with a playoff spot on the line. The 10-win season was a step in the right direction from a team that won just 7 last year, as coach Jeremy Hughes continues to set the trajectory up for the program.


#9 HABERSHAM CENTRAL

RECORD: 11-16 (1-11)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8

The Raiders nearly pulled off a spot in state before falling by a small margin to Buford in the second round of the region tournament. The Raiders won 3 of their last 5 games, gaining momentum for coach Cody Anderson to take into the offseason. The 11 wins is one more than the previous 2 seasons combined at Habersham. Anderson’s 18 total wins over the program in 2 years is also more than the 4 years before that COMBINED. The Raiders are on the up and up.


#10 RABUN COUNTY

RECORD: 7-20 (3-3)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10

Rabun County is set to play in the playoffs for the second time in the past 3 years. The Cats are the third seed in the region after taking a win in the tournament.


#11 COMMERCE

RECORD: 8-18 (5-7)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11

Commerce fell to Towns in the semis on Thursday of the region tournament, and then battled Social Circle to a tough loss on Friday, setting the Tigers up as the #4 seed. With a win in the first round of the tournament though, the Tigers stamped a ticket in the state playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.


#12 UNION COUNTY

RECORD: 0-13 (0-6)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #12

The Panthers have struggled to find consistency, though they are in the playoffs being that they live in a 4-team region.

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