Wheeler's Title Hopes End in Semis
Hillgrove held off the Wildcats Saturday to advance to the Class AAAAAA boys basketball state championship game.
Jerron Love had two chances to keep Wheeler High School's hopes alive for a state basketball championship Saturday.
The Wildcats' player made one of two free throws to cut Hillgrove's lead to one point with nine seconds to play, then missed a jumper at the buzzer as Wheeler fell 56-54 in a Class AAAAAA semifinal game at Georgia Tech.
In losing to their Cobb rivals, Wheeler also was denied a chance for its sixth state title.
But Wheeler, which finished the season with a 21-9 record, has reasserted itself as an elite team and will return most of its top players.
Among them are junior forward Elijah Staley, who has already been offered scholarships by major college basketball programs, and sophomore center Daniel Giddens.