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February 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Boys basketball: A look at the postseason picture

Things are kicking into high gear as the district playoffs reach their final games. Saturday will mark the final day of the district round and the WIAA will draw regional sites on Sunday.

Lots happened yesterday that helped to clear up the postseason picture, which will become much easier to read in the coming days. Let’s take a look at what exactly transpired and what it means.

4A

District 1

– What we know: Jackson and Arlington are already guaranteed regional berths and will play for the district championship on Friday at Glacier Peak (8 pm). No surprise here, considering Jackson is the No. 2 team in state and Arlington is ranked No. 5.

– What is left to be decided: Edmonds-Woodway and Snohomish play each other Thursday at Mountlake Terrace High School (8pm). The loser’s season is over, while the winner will be the No. 3 seed out of the district. The winner is not guaranteed a regional berth, though, and will have to play the KingCo No. 3 team on Saturday (a home game for the Wesco squad at 7 pm) to make it to the next round of the postseason.

District 2

– What we know: Garfield and Issaquah will play for the district championship on Friday and are guaranteed regional berths. Again, no surprise here, considering these were the two best KingCo teams throughout the season. They also split two regular season games, so it should be an interesting matchup (scheduled for a 8:15 pm tip at Juanita High School).

– What is left to be decided: Bothell and Roosevelt avoided an exit from the playoffs with wins in loser-out games yesterday. They face each other Thursday (tip scheduled for 8:15 pm at Juanita High School). The winner is the No. 3 seed and faces the Wesco No. 3 seed in a winner-to-regional, loser-out game. That will be played at the Wesco team’s home at 7 pm on Saturday.

District 3/4

– What we know: Beamer-Stadium and Bellarmine Prep-Kentridge face each other in semifinal games on Thursday. The winners face each other in the championship game, while the losers play for third place, both on Saturday. All four are already guaranteed regional berths.

– What is left to be decided: Battle Ground, Emerald Ridge, Curtis and South Kitsap all kept their season alive with wins last night. Three of the four will move on, as the district gets seven teams into the regional round. Battle Ground-Emerald Ridge and Curtis-South Kitsap face each other on Thursday with the winner of the former game receiving the No. 6 seed and the latter moving on as the No. 5 team. The losers will have one more chance, playing each other for the seventh, and final, regional berth on Saturday. The loser of that game will see its season come to a close.

3A

District 1

– What we know: Stanwood and Shorecrest have earned regional berths and will face each other on Friday at Jackson High School (8 pm scheduled tip) for the district title.

– What is left to be decided: Marysville-Pilchuck and Mountalake Terrace will play Friday at Jackson High School (6 pm scheduled tip) for the third, and final, seed to the regional tournament. The loser will see its season come to an end.

District 2

– What we know: Eastside Catholic-Bellevue and O’Dea-Rainier Beach will play each other in semifinal games at Bellevue College on Thursday. All four are already guaranteed regional berths and will be playing for seeding purposes.

– What is left to be decided: Seattle Prep-Franklin and Mercer Island-Bainbridge play each other on Friday in loser-out games. All four lost on Tuesday and will have to win two games in a row in order to reach the regional round. The winner of the aforementioned games face each other to see who will get the No. 5 seed to the regional round and who will have its season come to an end.

District 3/4

– What we know: To be honest, not a lot. There will be more clarity after tonight’s games.

– What is left to be decided: Foss-Kennedy Catholic, Auburn Mountainview-Wilson, Lincoln-Columbia River and Timberline-Enumclaw play each other tonight. The winners of those games are guaranteed a regional berth, while the four losers will play for the fifth, and final, spot in the next postseason round. The winners of the first two matchups listed will face each other, while the losers will play one another. Same goes for the second two matchups. As stated earlier, things will be much more clear following tonight’s games.

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