SHS Tigers ready for region playoffs

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The Swainsboro Tigers (15-1) blew threw a tough region 2-AA this season to the tune of a perfect 12-0 to set themselves as the #1 seed heading into the region playoffs this weekend. Swainsboro will host the winner of Bacon County/ Jeff Davis this Friday at 6 p.m. The winner of that semifinal matchup will play in the championship game Saturday.

The Tigers gave head coach Brice Hobbs his 100th win of his Swainsboro coaching career by taking down Jeff Davis 68-61 in the final game of the regular season. Swainsboro came out shooting hot as Tyler Kelly lit up the Yellow Jackets for 10 points in the opening quarter. Fred Seabrough put in 9 points in the 2nd quarter to give Swainsboro a 37-28 lead at halftime.

Jeff Davis did a good job of making shots and hanging around, even closing the gap to 4 points in the final period as their bench cheered on the visitors. However, Swainsboro just had too much firepower and salted the game away for a comfortable win. Kelly led all scorers with 20 points while Seabrough and Demonte Smith put in 16 points each.

Heading into the playoffs, Swainsboro will need to ramp up the energy and play with more intensity.

“We got to handle the ball better down the stretch,” said Hobbs when asked about what his team needed to do better with the postseason set to begin. “We also need to make our free throws if we are going to make a (playoff) run!”

Swainsboro won the title last year with a 30-2 record and overwhelmed teams defensively. The Tigers have the personnel on hand to squeeze teams into submission and this is the time of year to let it all loose. The ‘Den’ will be rocking as the playoffs start this weekend and the Tigers defend their region crown and get set to defend their state championship in the state playoffs just around the corner.

The Lady Tigers beat Jeff Davis and then won a coin toss to take the #4 region seed. Swainsboro Lady Tigers hosted Vidalia this week on Tuesday and will need a win to advance to play East Laurens on Thursday. Swainsboro dominated Jeff Davis 76-27. Serah Kelly had 20 points, Tanyia Williams had 18 points, and Jayden Wynn had 17 points. Swainsboro is 6-6 in the region and 8-8 overall.

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