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February 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

SPSL 4A basketball tiebreakers, other bracket info

Some league and district tournament brackets are set for girls and boys basketball, while others still have some shaking out to do.

I will link you to some of the girls brackets that are good to go, and Josh Liebeskind will do the same for boys at some point. 

And I’ll try to hop back on the blog Sunday with some other updates.


First of all I want to let you know about some tiebreaker games in SPSL 4A. 

On the girls side, Auburn Riverside and Tahoma tied for fourth in the North and play Saturday at Jefferson at 7 p.m. The winner will be seeded No. 4 into the SPSL crossover games and the loser No. 5. Note that Mount Rainier, Kentwood and Kentridge finished 1-2-3.

In the South, Puyallup and Curtis tied for second behind Beamer and will play off Saturday at Spanaway Lake at 5:30 p.m. (winner #2, loser #3). 

There is just one tiebreaker necessary on the boys side, and it’s a loser-out game between Bethel and Emerald Ridge, which tied for fifth in the South. The top four seeds, in order, are Beamer, Curtis, Federal Way and Puyallup.

In the North, Kentridge is No. 1 followed by Kentwood, Tahoma, Auburn and Auburn Riverside. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, there will be girls and boys crossover games at three sites – Showare in Kent, Auburn and Rogers. You can find the girls schedule here and the boys schedule here (you will have to plug in the schools).

Note that the games between the 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s are for seeding purposes only into the West Central District tournaments, while the 5s play loser-out contests. 

The rest of this info is strictly involving girls brackets.

You can pretty much find everything you need on this one brackets page, supplied by the Washington Prep Athletics Network. 

Note that the Northwest (District 1) 4A and 3A brackets feature the first-round pairings, while others don’t – even though some are known.

The KingCo 3A tournament actually starts tomorrow (Saturday), and you can find that bracket here.

I just verified the seedings into the Metro League tournament, and all are set except a tiebreaker for the No. 10 spot between Nathan Hale and Franklin.

Here they are:

1- Cleveland

2- Bishop Blanchet

3 – Holy Names

4 – West Seattle

5 – Lakeside

6 – Eastside Catholic

7 – Seattle Prep

8 – Bainbridge

9 – Chief Sealth

10 – Nathan Hale / Franklin 

Much is yet to be decided tonight in KingCo 4A, and there are some tie possibilities. The bracket is partially set, and you can find it here. That’s probably the best place for updates, too, at least early on.


Here is the information I received today from Ryan Gilbert, the Skyline AD who is the league’s basketball commissioner (I do not know who won the noon coinflip though, which is in case Woodinville beats Inglemoor and Redmond beats Eastlake):


If Inglemoor beats Woodinville and Redmond beats Eastlake:

–          Inglemoor is the #1 seed.

–          Eastlake/Woodinville tied for #2 and #3:

–   Split head-head, same division record, same results against each team in division

–   Step 4 in section D of tiebreaker language says to compare results against teams highest in the opposite division.  Eastlake owns this tiebreaker because of their win vs Newport. 

–          Eastlake is #2

–          Woodinville is #3

–          Bothell has clinched the #4 seed

If Inglemoor beats Woodinville and Eastlake beats Redmond:

–          Seeds in order are Inglemoor, Eastlake, Woodinville, Bothell

If Woodinville beats Inglemoor and Redmond beats Eastlake:

–          Inglemoor and Woodinville tied for #1 seed:

o   Split head-head, division record would both be 6-2, same results against team in each division

o   Same results against teams in the opposite division

o   Coin flip would be required

–          Eastlake would be #3

–          Bothell is #4

If Woodinville beats Inglemoor and Eastlake beats Redmond:

–          3 way tie for #1 seed (See breaking multiple ties on page 3)

–          Head to Head: each team would be 1-1 against the other 2 teams

–          Record within division:  Each team would be 6-2 in division

–          Results against teams higher in division: Same for all three vs Bothell and Redmond

–          Results against teams highest in opposite division:

–   Eastlake owns this tiebreaker because of their win vs Newport and so is #1 seed

–   Inglemoor and Woodinville have identical results vs the opposite division

–  This step would require an Inglemoor vs Woodinville coin flip.

–          The Inglemoor vs Woodinville coin flip would determine #2/#3 seeds

–          Bothell is #4


Newport is #1.

Issaquah is #2 

Ballard is #3

Skyline and Garfield play tonight.  A Garfield win creates a tie for the #4 spot.  Head-head is tied so a tiebreaker game would be necessary.  That tiebreaker would be 7pm Saturday at LW.  If Roosevelt beats Ballard and Skyline loses, then Roosevelt would be included in that tiebreaker and I imagine we would have a mini-game format similar to football.  Two teams would play one half.  The winning team would play the third team for one half to determine the one winner.  Coin flips would determine which team is which.

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