Sweetwater captured a District 5-AA third place finish when they beat the visiting McMinn Central Chargers 65-49 in the District 5-AA Consolation game on Feb. 23 behind a career high 23 points from Jayce Upton.

Sweetwater stormed out of the gate to an 18-4 lead after the first eight minutes — leaving the Wildcats with plenty of time to spread around minutes before starting the region tournament.

Austin Long finished with 10 points — marking the eighth straight game hitting double figures. Gibson Alford had seven points while Dalen Gibby and Gabe Leeper finished with six points each.

Long and Upton were named to the District 5-AA All-Tournament team.

With the win, Sweetwater sets up a visit to the Howard Hustlin' Tigers (13-4) in the Region 3-AA Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 27, with a 7 p.m. tip.

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