Rye Thunderbolts vs. Swink Lions (Boys District 6 Semi-Final #1) PREVIEW

The Boys District 6 Semi-Finals tip-off today at “The Pit”. The action is about to pick up folks, as all four teams look to gain that all important District Championship. District 6 will be facing District 8 next week at the Regional Tournament. So seeding out of this tournament is important.


The second game of the day is the #1 Rye Thunderbolts and the #4 Swink Lions. Both teams won their respective Quarter-Finals on Tuesday to advance to the semis. Each team looks to improve on their victories and advance to the all important District Championship, loser plays for third tomorrow afternoon. Rye comes into the match-up the #1 overall seed, they come in with a 17-3 overall record and a 15-1 Santa Fe League record. Swink comes in with the #4 seed with a 13-7 overall record and a 10-6 Santa Fe League record.

The two teams have met two times this year with Rye taking both games over the Lions. They first met on December 19th, in Swink. The Thunderbolts took the victory by a score of 58-29. Rye got off to an early start and never looked back. With the game being early in the season there was room to improve for both teams. This game took place right before Christmas Break so both teams had some time to work on things. Leading Scorers for the game were: Kevin Bailey of Rye with 21 points, and Collin O’Neal for Swink with 7 points.

The second meeting between these two teams came on January 22nd, this time in Rye. It was much of the same from the Thunderbolts as they easily took a 72-50 victory and swept the season series. Rye once again got out to the early lead and never relinquished it. The game was close after the first quarter, with Swink only down 3. in the second is when the Rye offense began to click, the Thunderbolts scored 21 points in the quarter. With a 11 point halftime lead, Rye came out hot in the third and scored another 14 to the Lions 7. Swink tried to come back in the fourth but it wasn’t enough as Rye pulled out the victory and won the season series. This victory helped Rye receive the #1 seed.

Look for the game to be close as both teams attempt to improve their season and get the one win that could solidify it. A win and you play for a District Championship tomorrow evening, lose and you play for 3rd. Whether you win or lose each team will advance to the Regional Tournament next weekend, its just a matter of what seed you will have going in, and who you will be playing.

Players to Watch For:

Rye–Connor Hale & Kevin Bailey

Swink–Dillon O’Neal & Isaiah Mendoza

See you at “The Pit”!