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“Deft Handle” June Jaunts - East Forsyth & Dacula

ATL METRO – My “Deft Handle” column makes a summer return, taking the opportunity of an open Friday to drop in on two locations for play dates, first to East Forsyth in the morning and then off to Dacula in the afternoon. Some observations from the day: By: Keith Agran EAST FORSYTH THE NOW: The Broncos return all of their production from last year’s first iteration in GHSA play that was far better than the record indicated. The 3-headed backcourt of 2023’s Matthew Rouse, Bryce Bracco and Ryan Sander is back to......

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"Deft Handle" - 5 GHSA Playoff Program Impression-Makers

GHSA PLAYOFFS – Here are some programs I either got to see live during their playoff runs, caught on-demand or saw earlier in the season and am not at all surprised they made it so far. By: Keith Agran BUTLER (AA, Augusta, GA) Playing without one of their stars in injured 2022 guard Kedar Bodie, they swatted that handicap aside and find themselves in an all-Augusta, AA final anyway vs Westside. After seeing them dispatch of a really good Pace team on their floor, I’m not terribly surprised they made the final.......

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“Deft Handle” - Bracket Look-Ins The Rest

CUMMING, GA – While I’ve seen quite a few of the teams in the other classifications, we’re doing a Turbo run-thru look at 4A down to A-Public to polish off our Bracket look-ins, in this week’s expanded “Deft Handle” (formerly “Sage Speaks”). By: Keith Agran 4A THINGS TO WATCH Baldwin and Monroe in same section >> A collision course of two of the top teams in the classification and both from outside the ATL-area. The defending champ Braves feature one of the state’s best-kept secrets in junior guard Christian “Ice” Burnett and......

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“Deft Handle” - Bracket Look-Ins 6A and 5A

CUMMING, GA – Changing from Sage Speaks to “Deft Handle”, more playoff bracket peeks, this time two more deep groups of 32 with 6A and 5A. By: Keith Agran 6A MOST INTRIGUING FIRST-ROUND GAME Without question a first-round game featuring Osborne and Shiloh excites, and will unfortunately take one of the top 10 teams in the classification out early. Shiloh will host, and is coming off a Region title where yet another veteran crew around town showed their mettle. With 6 seniors featured in their first 7 guys, you have to like their......

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"Deft Handle" - Bracket Look-Ins 7A and A-Private

CUMMING, GA – We’re renaming our regular “Sage Speaks” column to “Deft Handle” moving forward, and taking a look at some of the Playoff brackets and some interesting notes on each. By: Keith Agran 7A MOST INTRIGUING FIRST-ROUND GAME Most eyes will likely be on Etowah at Berkmar, McEachern at Newton or Cherokee at Norcross, but the South Gwinnett at East Coweta game is fascinating to me. The Comets won 15 of their first 17, but went 2-6 down their stretch prior to the Region tournament. It’ll be a tough environment down......

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