The Statesboro High Blue Devils (boys) blew past the Swainsboro Tigers, 57-37, Jan. 27, 2015, at home, with Junior, Jaylan Patrick leading the Devils in points.
SHS Devils came out with a mind set to win during the first quarter, which didn’t allow Swainsboro to score for the first three minutes. Swainsboro finally got a chance to get a basket, but the Devils remained ahead and did not stop scoring.
Swainsboro’s number 22, Senior Stephen Howard, came out and worked his way to the basket giving Swainsboro more points to try and obtain the victory. With great defense, Statesboro stayed on their toes and moved around to stop the opponent from getting into the inside lane. The Devils used teamwork and communication which allowed them to remain in the lead through halftime and the third quarter.
With only one quarter left, both teams stepped up their game. The Tigers began to get aggressive on the court, fouling Patrick, the Devils’ number 5, which put him at the free throw line a couple of times. Patrick, a great shooter, knocked a majority of those baskets out. With only a few minutes left on the clock, the Devils and Tigers both scored points, but Statesboro received the victory, handing Swainsboro their first region defeat this season.
Statesboro (13-9/6-4) travels to Effingham to face the Rebels Friday, while the Tigers (12-9/7-1) will host Screven at home in two days.