So Olympic and Sequim both won their boys basketball games
Tuesday night and stayed tied atop the Olympic League standings at
Both have favorable schedules for the final five games as they face only one team over .500, and that’s Bremerton which is a game back in third. Oly hosts the Knights while Sequim is at Bremerton.
If both teams win out (or just remained tied atop the league standings), they would share the Olympic League title. Oly hasn’t won a league basketball title since 1986.
But Sequim, based on preseason draw, would get the top seed into the Class 2A West Central District tournament. The first tiebreaker is head to to head (and Sequim and Olympic split so it’s applicable here). The tiebreaker is significant as the top seed gets a first-round bye at districts and the loser has to play a loser-out first-round game.
The draw is done by athletic directors and gives teams a rank from top to bottom. Say North Mason drew the three and Bremerton drew the six. If both teams were tied and a tiebreaker was needed, North Mason would get the higher seed.
The Olympic League has this format, as opposed to a one-game playoff, to avoid having to play extra games. If Sequim and Olympic were tied at the end of the season, which ends Friday, Feb. 8, they would have to play a tiebreaker on Monday, Feb. 11. The first round of districts is Feb. 13. That means the loser of Monday’s game would turn around and play on Wednesday against a rested team.
UPDATE: Got an email today saying this might not be the case. There is a provision in the league tiebreaking rules for teams tying for the league title. The provision says if a distinct advantage can be gained by seeding, the two teams will play. Olympic AD Nate Andrews said there is likely to be a tiebreaker played if the two teams finish tied.
Here’s a few other playoff tidbits.
The Bainbridge boys are looking as if they’ll finish as somewhere between the 7th and the 10th seeds into the Metro League tournament. Those teams have to play a loser-out, winner-to-districts game in the first round of the Metro League Tournament. Getting the seventh or eighth seed into the Class 3A SeaKing District Tournament means hosting that loser out game. The key for Bainbridge will be winning at Chief Sealth next week.
Couple key games for the Narrows League this week. South Kitsap hosts two key games. Wednesday, they play Bellarmine Prep, which has a half game lead for first place in the Narrows League standings. Friday, they host Central Kitsap, which is tied with Stadium for third. The top four make it in, but the top two teams host the first round of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest district tournament.