The final slate of regular season games is tonight and plenty is on the line as KingCo teams jockey for seeding position. This might be a bit confusing, but let’s try to work through this together and see how this could play out.
Four teams from both the Crown and the Crest Divisions make it to the league tournament, which means that three teams do not advance. Those three teams are Newport, Skyline and Woodinville.
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What we know: Garfield is the No. 1 seed and Issaquah is the No. 2 seed in the Crown Division. Issaquah is in the top half of the bracket, while Garfield is in the bottom. Bothell has clinched the top seed in the Crest Division and is in the top of the bracket.
In the top of the bracket, Issaquah will face the No. 3 seed from the Crest, while Bothell will face the No. 4 seed from the Crown. Garfield will face the No. 4 seed from the Crest in the other side of the bracket.
What we don’t know: Well, there are a lot of things to still be figured out. The logjam that are the No. 2-4 teams in the Crest Division could really turn out a number of ways.
Here are tonight’s games for those three teams:
Woodinville has won just won KingCo game, but lost to Inglemoor by just one point last time. Obviously, that Eastlake-Redmond game will decide a lot.
In terms of head-to-head matchups, Redmond beat Eastlake the first time the two played. Inglemoor split both games with both Eastlake and Redmond.
Here are those three team’s records against the Crest Division. Believe me, they will be needed for scenarios below.
Scenario 1: Eastlake and Inglemoor both win and finish 7-7 in division. In this case, you would look at head-to-head. That doesn’t help because the teams split. Then you would look at record within the division. Both would be 4-4 against Crest teams. Again, that doesn’t clear it up.
From my understanding, and this is from taking from the explanation used on a tiebreaker on the girls side, you would then look at results against each team in the division. Starting at the top with Bothell, the tiebreaker would go to Eastlake, which split with the Cougars. Inglemoor lost both games to Bothell.
In this scenario, Eastlake would be the No. 2 seed from the Crest and and Inglemoor would be the No. 3 seed and play Issaquah. Redmond would be the No. 4 seed and play Garfield.
Scenario 2: Inglemoor wins and Redmond beats Eastlake. Inglemoor would finish as the No. 2 team in the Crest Division and would face the No. 3 team from the Crown.
Redmond and Eastlake will both finish 6-8 in KingCo, but the Mustangs would have swept the pair of head-to-head games and would own the tiebreaker. Redmond would finish third and face Issaquah. Eastalake would finish fourth and play Garfield
Scenario 3: Inglemoor loses to Woodinville and Redmond beats Eastlake. All three would be sitting at 6-8 in KingCo play. In head-to-head, Redmond is the only team to have an advantage in the head-to-head, by virtue of sweeping Eastlake. All other head-to-head matchups were split.
Redmond would be 5-3 in division, while the other two would be 3-5. The Mustangs would be the No. 2 seed. We know from scenario 1 that if Eastlake and Inglemoor end up tied, then the Wolves have the tiebreaker. Eastlake would be the No. 3 seed and play Issaquah, while Inglemoor would face Garfield as the No. 4 seed.
Scenario 4: Inglemoor loses and Eastlake beats Redmond. The Wolves would be the No. 2 seed and Inglemoor would play Issaquah as the No. 3 seed. Redmond would be the No. 4 seed and play Garfield.
Crown Division: The scenario over here is much simpler. With Garfield already having clinched the No. 1 seed and Issaquah with the No. 2 seed in hand, it comes down to Ballard and Roosevelt to fight it out over the final two spots. Currently, Roosevelt has a one-game lead over Ballard. The Beavers, though, won the first contest against the Roughriders. As it would happen, the two teams face each other tonight.
So it makes it easy in regards to seeding. If Roosevelt wins, it is the No. 3 seed. If Ballard wins, it wins the head-to-head tiebreaker and is the No. 3 seed.