Boys basketball: The Playoff Picture as the regular-season winds down

mwochnick@theolympian.comFebruary 2, 2014 

Black Hills junior post Casey Duff pulls down a rebound during Friday night's boys basketball game at Tumwater High School on Jan. 17, 2014.

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A look at the boys basketball playoff picture as the regular-season winds down. 

Coming Tuesday: Girls basketball playoff picture

 

4A Narrows

Playoff spots: 4

Regular season ends: Feb. 6

WCD/SW bi-district tournament: Begins Feb. 17

Clinch: Stadium (9-2), Gig Harbor (6-5)

In the mix: Bellarmine Prep (5-5), Yelm (5-5), South Kitsap (5-5), Olympia (4-6)

Out: Central Kitsap (2-9)

What’s next: Four teams, two playoff spots left to snatch. It’s must-win time for Olympia, and it starts with a big showdown Tuesday night at home against Bellarmine, which is now tied for third place with Yelm (5-5) and South Kitsap (5-5). Yelm's faces a tough road to make the playoffs; both of its final regular-season games are on the road: at South Kitsap Tuesday and at Bellarmine Thursday.

3A Narrows

Playoff spots: 4

Regular season ends: Feb. 6

WCD/SW bi-district tournament: Begins Feb. 17

Clinched: Wilson (9-1), Lincoln (8-1), Timberline (6-4) 

In the mix: Foss (5-4), Mount Tahoma (2-7)

Out: North Thurston (3-7), Shelton (0-9)

What’s next: Still a week to go in the 3A Narrows League race, but the playoff teams are almost set, but playoff positioning hasn’t been finalized. Timberline is expected to get senior wing and UW signee Donaven Dorsey back next week; the Blazers have gone 3-2 since Dorsey has been sidelined with a left ankle injury. The Blazers’ best bet is a No. 3 seed, which means a loser-out bi-district game in Puyallup. Why is Mount Tahoma, with two league wins, still alive in the playoff hunt over North Thurston with three wins? Because the T-Birds and Foss still have three games to play. Should Mount Tahoma win all three, and Foss lose all three, both teams finish tied for fourth place at 5-7. Foss holds the tiebreaker over North Thurston, sweeping both games against the Rams.

2A Evergreen Conference

Playoff spots: 5

Regular season ends: Feb. 11

Southwest 2A District IV tournament: Begins Feb. 15

Clinched: Centralia (7-2), River Ridge (7-3), W.F. West (6-3)

In the mix: Tumwater (4-5), Capital (4-6), Aberdeen (3-6), Black Hills (2-8)

Out: None

What’s next: The statement “any team can beat any other one on any given night” fits the EvCo this season. Case in point was when last-place Black Hills upset league-leading Centralia, 66-52, on Jan. 24. There’s a chance that Black Hills, Tumwater, Aberdeen and Capital could all finish 4-8 and in a four-way tie for two playoff berths. Only Centralia, W.F. West and River Ridge have winning records overall; three of the EvCo’s five playoff-bound teams could enter the postseason with sub-.500 overall records. 

1A SWW Evergreen

Playoff spots: 6

Regular season ends: Feb. 7

Southwest 1A District IV tournament: Begins Feb. 14

Clinched: Hoquiam (10-0), Elma (8-2) Rainier (7-4), Montesano (5-5)

In the mix: Rochester (3-7), Forks (2-9), Tenino (1-9)

Out: None

What’s next: Six of the seven 1A SWW Evergreen teams are postseason bound and the league’s Nos. 3-4-5-6 teams will partake in ‘play-in’ games Feb. 11 for a spot in the 1A District IV tournament, which starts Feb. 14 at Kelso and W.F. West high schools. Tenino, last year's league champion, can sneak into the sixth and final spot with a win at Forks Tuesday. The Beavers defeated Forks, 51-23, on Jan. 10 in Tenino.

Pacific 2B

Playoffs spots: 5

Regular season ends: Feb. 6

Southwest 2B District IV tournament: Begins Feb. 13

Clinched: Willapa Valley (10-1), North Beach (9-1)

In the mix: Ocosta (5-5), Raymond (5-5), Northwest Christian (5-6)

Out: South Bend (1-9), Naselle (1-9)

What’s next: The best Northwest Christian can hope for is a No. 4 seed into districts. The Navigators face Raymond Thurday and a win puts them as the No. 4 seed. 

 

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