Fred Seabrough has a championship resume. He’s a shot maker. Inside, outside, on the fast break, snatching rebounds, and blocking shots. When Seabrough gets loose with no defender between him and the rim, he can get up high and bring it down hard. Seabrough is following up his all-state, championship performance last year with a senior season to remember.
The Swainsboro Tigers (11-1) had one of their toughest weeks of the season last week with two region road games, both against teams with only one loss on the season. Seabrough was the difference maker that a player of his caliber must be for Swainsboro to have a chance to win Region 2-AA and make another deep playoff run. The Tigers needed strong fourth quarters to fend off Woodville-Tompkins and Bacon County to keep them atop of the region standings and in both games, Swainsboro got the job done.
Against Woodville-Tompkins, Swainsboro, ranked No. 2 in the state, geared up for what looked to be the game of the season against the No. 3 ranked Wolverines. Swainsboro got off to a quick start as Demonta Smith scored 11 points in the opening period with two bombs from deep to give the Tigers a 23-20 early lead. Smith nailed another 3-pointer in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 40-33 at the half. The second half would belong to Seabrough, even though the game tightened as Woodville-Tompkins had a big quarter to make it 61-58 with one quarter remaining. Seabrough scored 8 of his game-high 27 points in the final period and, more importantly, the Tigers locked the game down defensively, winning the quarter 18-9 to win, going away 79-67.
On Friday, the Tigers traveled to Bacon County to play a team that also had only one loss on the season, and this one would be a struggle from start to finish. The Red Raiders were ready for the Tigers and put Swainsboro on the brink of their second loss of the season and first region defeat. Swainsboro played championship-level defense, but scoring was a grind on this night. The Tigers trailed 12-8 after one quarter and lost the second quarter 11-9. Seabrough once again stepped up in the second half and scored 9 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter, but the Tigers still trailed 34-30 heading into the final quarter. This is where Swainsboro once again locked down their opponent, allowing only 4 points in the quarter and took the lead for good in the final 2 minutes of play for a 41-38 victory. Cedric Seabrough made big shots down the stretch as the Seabrough twins combined for 30 of the team’s 41 points on the game.
Swainsboro hosted winless East Laurens on Tuesday night before a big region home game against Jeff Davis on Friday night. Swainsboro will travel to Statesboro on Saturday for a non-region game.