So the playoffs are just about here and as someone famous once said, business is about to pick up. Well, it already has for Lakeside. Playing probably their best game of the year, the Panthers scored early and often in routing Evans and grabbing the play in spot for the region. Those two teams have been the biggest Jekyll and Hyde squads all year so you can't count the Panthers out in the post season.
ARC goes into the playoffs on a roll. Averaging 40 points a game in their current four game win streak, Chris Hughes has the Musketeers peaking at the right time. Dreik Reid has had a big season running the offense and they can put some points on the board in a hurry.
Probably the biggest surprise in the area was Washington Wilkes knocking off Aquinas. Now the Irish could be on the outside looking in for the playoffs. They need to win and have Washington Wilkes to lose to make the post season. Give some credit to the Tigers who have kept fighting and now a win away from the playoffs with an overall sub .500 record.
Speaking of which. I'm not a huge fan of teams qualifying for the playoffs with a below 500 record. I think it waters down the post season. Sure the best teams around will play the lowest seeds, but still. I'm certainly not signaling out just them seeing there are a bunch of teams in South Carolina that truly have no business playing in the playoffs and in all likelihood will be blasted in the first round. I guess both states want to "reward" as many teams as possible, but is it really? Just something to think about.
Here's how I voted in the latest Power Poll
1. Williston Elko
2. North Augusta
3. Lincoln County
4. Burke County
5. Jefferson County
6. Silver Bluff
9. Washington County
10. Bamberg Ehrhardt
The poll is nearly identical to last week seeing all 10 teams won this week. I swapped Jefferson County and Silver Bluff and Swainsboro and Washington County but that's it.