The Swainsboro Tigers entered the state tournament with a mediocre 13-13 record.
The Tigers are getting hot when it counts, though.
After making it to the championship game in the Region 3-AAA tournament, the Tigers have now won back-to-back games in the state tournament, and they’re one of just eight teams left standing.
Next up for Swainsboro will be Thursday’s showdown with Callaway in the quarterfinals.
Callaway, which has beaten Peach County and Thomson in the state tournament, will host the game, with tip off set for 6 p.m.
The winner of Thursday’s game will play either Cartersville or Buford in the semifinals at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville on Saturday.
The championship game is March 8 in Macon.
Nothing has come easily for Swainsboro in the state tournament.
In the first round, Swainsboro edge New Hampstead (Savannah) 53-52, and it held off Carver-Columbus 69-66 in the second round on Tuesday.
Swainsboro had a 55-42 lead heading into the fourth period, but Carver made things interesting.
Carver had the ball down by two points with 17 seconds left, but an offensive foul gave the ball back to Swainsboro.
After Malik Johnson made one free throw, Carver got the ball back with five seconds left down by three, but a potential game-tying 3-point attempt was off the mark.
Korey Somerville led Swainsboro with 20 points, Clifford Dixon added 13 points, and Javarius Davis scored 12 points.
Callaway is still alive thanks to a pair of dominant fourth-quarter performances.
The Cavaliers outscored Peach County 28-11 in the fourth quarter to win 82-65.
Against Thomson, the Cavaliers used an 11-0 run in the game’s closing moments to win 87-83.
Callaway has scored a combined 55 points in the fourth period of its first two state games.
On the other side of the Class AAA bracket, Washington County will play Johnson-Savannah, and Cedar Grove will play Morgan County.