High School Sports

5-3A: Extra games may be needed to break ties

Region 5-3A basketball may need an extra day or two to complete its lineup for the state playoffs.

The region has a points system in place as the first step in breaking seeding/qualifying ties, but if the points tally does not produce a resolution there will be special play-in games on Friday, and possibly Saturday to get things right.

Midland Valley would be the play-in site, but only if a MV teams is not involved.

Dreher (16-5, 8-0) has already locked up the boys championship and is the No. 1 playoff seed, while defending champion Brookland-Cayce is out of the running for a postseason berth. Swansea and South Aiken are in, but seeding is up from grabs. Midland Valley needs one win or one Airport loss to claim the remaining invitation.

The Dreher girls (13-6, 7-1) can bag the region championship with a win tonight at Airport (11-10, 7-1). If not, the Eagles have the inside track if it them can beat archrival Brookland-Cayce on Thursday. But if B-C prevailed, the title could be split three ways. Swansea is a game ahead of South Aiken and Midland Valley in the scramble for fourth place and the final state playoff spot.

The easiest scenario for the girls race is for Dreher to beat Airport, and the Eagles to close with a win vs. B-C. In that case, Airport is the No. 1 seed, with Airport No. 2 and B-C No. 3. Of course, there are no guarantees.

This week’s Region 4-3A games

Tuesday: Dreher at Airport; Brookland-Cayce at Midland Valley; South Aiken at Swansea. Thursday: Airport at Brookland-Cayce; Swansea at Dreher; Midland Valley at South Aiken.

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