Basketball: Playoff implications for area leagues

February 6, 2014 

The basketball postseason is nearly upon us and there is much to be decided with the regular season winding down.

Here is a league-by-league breakdown of what is left to be decided.

Mid-Columbia Conference

Boys: Richland High has sewn up the league title and the Class 4A No. 1 seed. The Bombers have one regular season game remaining and then get a week off waiting for an opponent in the District 5 title game.

The district tournament features the No. 4 seed (Pasco) at the No. 3 seed. The winner of that game plays at the No. 2 seed, and the winner of that plays at Richland.

Chiawana and Walla Walla are tied for the No. 2 spot and play each other tonight in Walla Walla.

In Class 3A, Kamiakin holds a two-game lead on Kennewick for the top 3A seed.

The top three 3A teams from the Mid-Col will play the Greater Spokane League’s 2-4 seeds in elimination games on Feb. 18.

The No. 4 team from the Mid-Col will face Sunnyside in an elimination game Feb. 17 with the winner traveling to the GSL’s No. 1 seed on the 18th in another elimination game.

Southridge has a one-game lead on Hanford for the No. 3 seed with two games left.

Girls: Chiawana won its fifth consecutive league title last weekend and awaits an opponent in the District 5 title game next Saturday.

Walla Walla is the No. 2 seed, while Richland (No. 3) will host Pasco (No. 4) in an elimination game Tuesday. The winner plays at Walla Walla on Friday.

In Class 3A, Sunnyside has all but locked up the No. 1 seed. The Grizzlies have four league losses with three league games to go. Two of those games are against Eastmont and Eisenhower, who are dreadful this season.

Sunnyside’s placement in the seeding is determined by league winning percentage. The best Kamiakin can finish is 10-4 and the best Hanford can finish is 9-5. Sunnyside could finish either 11-4 or 12-3 if the Grizzlies knocked off Moses Lake as well.

All that said, Sunnyside will host the GSL’s No. 4 seed in an elimination game on the 18th.

Kamiakin plays at Hanford in a critical matchup, with the winner getting the Mid-Col’s No. 2 seed and a home game against the GSL. The loser gets the No. 3 seed and a road trip to Spokane.

Southridge and Kennewick will play an elimination game on the 17th with the winner playing the GSL’s No. 1 seed on the 18th in another elimination game.

CWAC

Boys: The top six teams advance to the District 5/6 tournament, and Grandview, Ephrata, West Valley, East Valley and Wapato have all clinched berths.

Ellensburg has all but clinched a spot, holding a 3 1/2 game lead on Prosser. The Bulldogs need one victory or a Prosser loss to sew up the No. 6 seed.

The top two teams get byes, while the No. 3 faces the No. 6 and the No. 4 faces the No. 5 in elimination games.

Girls: West Valley and Ellensburg have clinched spots in the District 5/6 Tournament, but all other seeds are up in the air with three games to go.

East Valley needs one win or a Toppenish or Grandview loss to clinch a postseason berth.

After that, Selah, Ephrata, Toppenish and Grandview are all within a game — and only three teams get to go. Toppenish hosts Grandview on Saturday in what will be a huge game.

SCAC East

Boys: The top four teams advance to the District 5 tournament and Columbia (Burbank), River View, Connell and Kiona-Benton have all locked up berths.

The real race is for seeding, though. Burbank needs one win or a River View and Connell loss to get the top spot, while the Panthers and Eagles are tied for second. Connell hosts River View tonight.

Girls: Kiona-Benton, Columbia (Burbank), Connell and River View have all clinched spots in the District 5 tournament, but their seeding order is far from being decided.

The Bears, Coyotes and Eagles are all tied at 8-2 in league, while the Panthers are 7-3.

Kiona-Benton is at Columbia (Burbank) tonight, while River View is at Connell. Burbank is then at River View on Saturday.

Needless to say, that race will come down to the final day of the regular season.

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