The Swainsboro Tigers’ head basketball coach, Brice Hobbs, reached a milestone this past Saturday as he captured his 100th win over five seasons as Swainsboro’s head coach. Hobbs has been to two state championship games over that span, winning the title last season.
The Tigers (15-1) held Jeff Davis at arm’s length during the game, winning 68-61 to complete a clean 12-0 sweep in Region 2-AA.
Swainsboro guard Tyler Kelly got off to a blazing hot start, knocking down two early three-pointers on the way to a 10-point opening quarter. The Tigers led by 4 after one period and 9 points at the break. Kelly drained two more three-pointers in the third quarter as part of his game-high 20 points. Jeff Davis closed to within 4 points midway into the fourth, but Swainsboro wouldn’t allow them any closer, holding on for the 7-point victory. Fred Seabrough and Demonte Smith were also strong with 16 points apiece.
Swainsboro holds the No. 1 seed in Region 2-AA as the region playoffs begin this week. The Tigers will host the winner of Jeff Davis and Bacon County Friday night at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. If Swainsboro wins, they will host the championship game on Saturday in Swainsboro. A loss would send them on the road to play out the region’s 3/4 seed.
“The defense is starting to pick up, so I’m happy about that,” said Hobbs when asked about what his team is doing well heading into the postseason. “We have to control the boards better.”
Woodville-Tompkins (8-4) claimed the region’s No. 2 seed, and Vidalia (7-5) settled in as the No. 3 seed.
The Swainsboro Lady Tigers crushed Jeff Davis 76-27 and won the tie-breaking coin toss to take the region’s No. 4 seed. They hosted Vidalia Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for a chance to advance in the region playoffs. Results were unavailable at press time but will be in next week’s edition of The Crossroads Chronicle.