EPHRATA- This is it. With Regionals next week, Saturday marks the last day for teams to clinch a state playoff berth. The Columbia Basin has an overabundance of basketball teams playing in do-or-die games, with a whooping eight teams fighting for their chance to advance to state.
Moses Lake girls’ will travel to play Sunnyside. Sunnyside went undefeated in the Big 9, sweeping Moses Lake in the process, but both games were tight. One game went to overtime and the other Sunnyside won by six points. Only one team will go to state from the Big 9 this year, so this one is for all the marbles. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m.
Ephrata boys’ basketball finished third in the CWAC tournament and so will advance to the GNL Glue Crossover. Ephrata upset Wapato 76-71 to make it to the crossover game, where the winner goes to state. The game will be at the GNL No. 1 seed, Clarkston, with the winner advancing to state. Tipoff is at 5:00 p.m.
Warden boys’ and girls’ both lost in the district semifinals and will have one last shot of going to state. Both teams also have good matchups. The girls’ will play the SCAC West No. 3 seed, Zillah. The boys’ will take on No. 3 seed Naches Valley. Warden boys’ have a huge height advantage over Naches Valley and the girls’ team comes in with more talent than Zillah. Boys tip off at 4:00 p.m. and girls at 5:30 p.m., both games will be at Granger High School.
Royal boys’ and girls’ are also trying to make state. The boys team lost in the district semis while the girls’ team lost in the opening round and have been winning through the consolation bracket. The boys will take on the No. 2 seed from the SCAC West, La Salle. The girls team will play a familiar face, Connell. The girls tip off at 4:00 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m., both games will be at Zillah Middle School.
Moses Lake Christian Academy boys’ and girls’ are both in the hunt for a state playoff berth as well. Both teams will compete in the second-place game Saturday. The boys will take on Pateros for the second time in three days. The last two times these teams faced off MLCA won by one point. The girls team will play Riverside Christian, which just lost to Entiat in the league championship. The girls will tip off at noon while the boys tip off at 1:30 p.m., both games will be at Ephrata High School.