MOSES LAKE- It’s a big night tonight for Big Bend Viking basketball when both teams travel to play Yakima Valley College.
The men are currently 8-7 while Yakima Valley is 9-6, along with Wenatchee Valley. As of right now, if Wenatchee Valley wins and Yakima Valley loses, Wenatchee Valley is in, and visa-versa. If they both in, Yakima Valley holds the tie breaker over Wenatchee Valley.
Where things get interesting is in the scenario where Yakima Valley loses to Big Bend and Wenatchee Valley losses to North Idaho. If this happens then Big Bend, Wenatchee Valley and Yakima Valley all tied at 9-7 with one playoff spot open.
Typically, in the past the team with the best combined record against the other two opponents will go. However, if this scenario pans out, that rule wouldn’t work out because they would all be 2-2 against each other. Big Bend would hold a sweep over Yakima Valley, Yakima Valley would hold a sweep over Wenatchee Valley, and Wenatchee Valley would hold a sweep over Big Bend.
Seeing as this scenario is extremely circumstantial, the games will be played and if it shakes out like that things will advance from there. However, a win by the Vikings would still leave the door open for a playoff appearance, depending on what’s decided.
The women are in a much better spot. If they win, they’re in the playoffs, no questions asked. In fact, they could jump as high as the No. 3 seed in the conference if Wenatchee Valley beats North Idaho.
If Big Bend loses it’s still in good shape. The Vikings hold all the tiebreakers after sweeping Treasure Valley. If a three-way tie were to happen between Big Bend, Treasure Valley and Wenatchee Valley, Big Bend would go, since it has a 3-1 record against the other two teams.
The only way for Big Bend to miss the playoffs is to lose and have Treasure Valley somehow beat an undefeated Walla Walla squad.
Still, a win would avoid any and all headaches.
The women play tonight at 6 p.m. and the men tip off at 8 p.m.