What Do You Think?
After a night of sleep some things seem more clear. It’s always difficult after a season ending loss. Staring at the stat sheet, some things were not as different as I thought, some things were.
The shooting percentages really equalized in the fourth quarter as the Vipers forced up bad shots as they watched the game snowball away when the Energy opened the quarter on a 21-5 run. The Vipers still out-shot the Energy, but not by a lot:
Vipers: 39-for-86 (45.3%)
Energy: 38-for-91 (41.8%)
The Vipers were red hot from behind the arc in the early going, but cooled down significantly in the second half, finishing 17-for-48 (franchise records whether in the regular season or post-season). The Energy were 9-for-23.
On field goals alone, here was the score: Vipers 95, Energy 85
A differential like that is generally enough to win.
Now let’s look at the other side of the equation:
The Vipers were called for 34 fouls, including five players picking up five fouls and two picking up four.
The Energy were called for 22 fouls, with one player picking up five and two picking up four.
The Vipers were 16-of-25 from the line (64%).
The Energy were 34-for-43 (79.1%).
That’s an 18-point differential.
If we even up the foul shot attempts…
If the Vipers shot 64% on 43 attempts, the Vipers would have been 28-for-43, a differential of six.
If the Energy shot 79.1% on 25 attempts, the Energy would have been 20-for-25, a differential of four.
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Last Game of the Season…
…can’t hold anything back now.
David Hinjosa of The Monitor put it best – Winner Take All. Coach Finch has been saying recently it’s simple. You gotta win. If you don’t it’s over.
After the Game 1 loss, the Vipers watched two and a half hours of film. They watched the whole game. But I don’t think they were sitting there just trying to figure out how to beat Iowa. They were trying to figure out how to play better and correct mistakes. It worked. The Vipers successfully executed a game plan and played very well, setting an NBA Development League post-season scoring record with 141 points to silence a league record 14,036 fans in white t-shirts.
Now it’s even more simply. There are 48 minutes of regulation basketball left in the season. No matter what we return to McAllen in the morning. The only question left is whether or not we’ll have a gigantic (and very heavy) trophy with us. There will be a celebration on the court tonight. There will be a trophy presentation.
The first two games have been very competitive, but each featured a lopsided third quarter that put the game out of reach. I don’t think we’ll see that tonight. The average score between these two teams in four regular season meetings was 129-126. I think we’re going to see something a little more like that.
For the Vipers to win, the need to have the same type of all around team effort that they had in Game 2. The four guard set worked wonders and the guards did a great job of rebounding. Terrel Harris and Richard Roby were incredible off the bench, as was Kelvin Lewis. Patrick Sullivan and Mouhammad Faye need to be great again with questions of front court depth (though, I’ll say this, Iowa isn’t exactly deep in that position either. If the Vipers can get Scott Vandermeer in foul trouble again they’re in good shape).
The Vipers did a great job of limiting the damage outside of players not named Curtis Stinson and Moses Ehambe. Stinson had a triple-double, but, honestly, if I hadn’t seen it in the stats sheet, I’m not sure if I would have realized it. After the first quarter it looked like Stinson could have a triple-double by halftime. He didn’t. Ehambe shoots, he scores. He hits contested shots. He’s tough to stop. I thought Lewis did a nice job against him late in the game, though. If Stinson and Ehambe are forced to try to do it all themselves again, the Vipers are probably in good shape. The reason the Vipers lost Game 1 was neither Stinson nor Ehambe, who both had strong games. The reason was a guy like Stefhon Hannah missing a triple-double by one rebound. The season was a guy like Vandermeer having seven blocks and drawing countless charges. Those charges became blocking fouls in Game 2 because the Vipers went right at Vandermeer. They didn’t give him a chance to get out of the restricted area like they did in Game 1. You figure the Vipers can repeat that type of success. After all, it’s winner take all, everyone will be aggressive tonight.
The only other big key for the Vipers is keeping the emotions in check. At this stage of the game it can be hard, but if the Vipers can do it, they’ll get a chance to let it all out in screams, hugs, high fives and a big pile up after the game.
Let’s Defend Our Title.Share this post:
Omar Figueroa Post Fight Interview
Following his defeat of John Figueroa, Omar Figueroa sat down with 956sports.com’s Carlos Robledo for an exclusive.[wpvideo 5voD3qce]
Omar Figueroa vs. John Figueroa
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Omar wins battle of Figueroas
Junior welterweight Omar Figueroa broke down John Figueroa, earning himself a second round stoppage in a scheduled eight round bout.
Omar Figueroa came out aggressively from the opening bell, attacking the body of his taller opponent and mixing in rights to the head. John Figueroa tried to fight back, but was overwhelmed and retreated backwards to keep Omar Figueroa at a distance.
In the second, Omar Figueroa hurt John Figueroa with a right uppercut to the head and followed it up with straight right to the head, dropping him to the canvas. John Figueroa got up, but was battered repeatedly by Omar Figueroa. John Figueroa’s corner stood up on the canvas in an attempt to spare their fighter from any more punishment. Referee Zac Young acknowledged the corner and stopped the fight at 1:57.
Omar Figueroa, from Weslaco, TX, improves to 11-0-1, 9 KO’s. John Figueroa, from Salinas, Puerto Rico, drops to 7-10-3, 3 KO’s.Share this post:
Bounce Back All But Certain
The Vipers tend to bounce back after bad losses.
I define a bad loss as a game the Vipers should have won but didn’t.
December 27: 112-108 overtime loss at Texas. The Vipers had the lead with the shot clock off but rushed an inbounds pass, leading to a quick turnover and a game-tying bucket near the end of regulation. The Vipers followed that with a 10-game winning streak.
January 28: 138-119 loss at Iowa. After going down 75-62 at halftime, the Vipers roared back and led 91-90 with 4:10 to go in the third, but the comeback was for naught as the Vipers were outscored 48-28 over the final 16 minutes. The Vipers won at Iowa, 121-112 the next day and then beat Iowa at home a couple of days later.
February 2: 136-127 loss at home to Iowa. The Vipers were down 12-0 and 16-2, yet managed to come back to take a 79-78 lead and even keep the game tied at 83-83 midway through the third. The Energy followed with a 13-1 run and that was the end of that chapter. First and only time the Vipers have lost at home when scoring 120+ points (at least we got free tacos from Taco Palenque, right?). The Vipers followed that with a five-game winning streak (all on the road).
February 12: 105-99 loss at Austin. This is an example of the Vipers not bouncing back, as they fell 111-99 at home to Austin four days later. But after that, the Vipers did bounce back with four-straight wins (all on the road), including their only win at Texas.
March 4: 104-99 loss at Bakersfield. Followed with a 126-111 win the next night.
March 14: 98-91 home loss to Sioux Falls. Patrick Ewing Jr. or not, really wasn’t a game the Vipers should’ve lost. They won the next night, 106-97.
March 18: 107-95 loss to Austin. Again, the Vipers should not have been losing to the Toros at that point in the season. The Vipers won the next night, 118-103.
March 21: 116-94 loss to Idaho. This is the other example of no bounce back, as almost the exact same game unfolded on March 23, a 115-92 loss to the Stampede. The Vipers did respond with a win at Tulsa after that.
April 8: 110-105 loss at Bakersfield. The Vipers held a sizable lead throughout this game, but the Jam came back in the final minutes and the Vipers had no answer… that night anyway. The Vipers won games two and three and then swept Reno in the semifinals.
Vipers record in the game following a bad loss: 9-2
The Vipers won multiple games in a row following a bad loss five times.
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
The Vipers have never lost an elimination game, holding a 5-0 record in such contests.
1-0 in Quarterfinals
2-0 in Semifinals
2-0 in Quarterfinals
IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE
The Vipers have come back from a 1-0 deficit twice, in the 2010 Semifinals and the 2011 Quarterfinals. The Vipers had Games 2 and 3 at home in both of those series.
Last year the Energy were in a similar situation to that they find themselves in now. They won Game 1 of the semifinals in Tulsa, but lost Games 2 and 3 at home to those eight-seeded 66ers.
BEST OF THREE
During the first nine seasons of the NBA Development League, the Finals was a best of three series in 2002 and 2003, and not against until 2008. The other four years had a one-game Championship. Only twice has the Finals gone three games, with Mobile upsetting Fayetteville on the road in 2003 Idaho beating Austin in 2008.
The lower seed has not won the Championship since 2006, when the Albuquerque Thunderbirds defeated the Fort Worth Flyers. It is interesting to note that the Asheville Altitude were the lower seed when they beat the Columbus Riverdragons in 2005, but the Altitude were the higher seed when they beat the Huntsville Flight in 2004. Asheville is not only the only team to ever repeat, but the only one to win two championships. The Vipers were the higher seed when they beat Tulsa last year, but are the lower seed, like Asheville was, looking to repeat this year.Share this post:
Mercedes vs. Rio Grande 1985
Alex Garza – Rio Grande City
Feature on Alex Garza’s and his approach to winning the state title again.
As a freshman Alex Garza claimed a 6th place finish at the state track meet in the shot put, and as a sophomore he took first place. This year Alex has dominated the competition in preparation for another state title.
Harlingen South vs. PSJA North Full Game
Vipers Open Semifinals Against Reno at Home on Sunday
Game To Be Televised on VERSUS on Tape-Delay
April 14, 2011
HIDALGO – The defending NBA Development League champion and third-seeded Rio Grande Valley Vipers will host the Western Conference champion and second-seeded Reno Bighorns in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at State Farm Arena.
Tickets start at $7 are can be purchased through the Vipers, Ticketmaster or the State Farm Arena box office.
The game will be televised on VERSUS on tape-delay starting at 10:00 p.m. or immediately after the conclusion of the NHL playoffs telecast. VERSUS can be found on Time Warner Cable channel 314 (SD)/1314 (HD), Dish Network channel 151 and DirecTV channel 603.
Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will take place at the Reno Events Center on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
The Vipers were 1-1 against the Bighorns during the regular season, with both games coming in Reno. The Vipers fell 119-111 on December 10 and won 126-122 on December 11. Jerel McNeal, who has led the Vipers in scoring in all three games of the playoffs thus far, scored a career-high and Vipers season-high 40 points in the second game. The Vipers are 4-4 all-time against the Bighorns and 2-1 in post-season play, as the Vipers beat the Bighorns in last year’s Quarterfinals. The Vipers won the road game and split the home games.
The Vipers are 3-1 in televised games this season, including a 2-1 mark when the game is on VERSUS and an 0-1 mark in the post-season. The Vipers beat the Texas Legends at State Farm Arena on November 18 and the Erie BayHawks during the NBA Development League Showcase at the South Padre Island Convention Centre on January 12 on VERSUS. The Vipers fell to the Bakersfield Jam at the Jam Events Center in Game 1 of the Quarterfinals on April 8 on VERSUS. The Vipers are 1-1 this season when being televised on the road, picking up a win against the Austin Toros on Fox Sports Southwest on February 10.
The Vipers are 8-2 all-time when playing on VERSUS, including a 3-1 mark during last year’s playoffs. The Vipers are 2-1 when playing on VERSUS on the road, with victories over the Toros and the Tulsa 66ers during the Semifinals and Finals of last year’s playoffs, respectively.
The Vipers are 1-1 against the Bighorns on VERSUS and 0-1 during the post-season, with both games coming last year at State Farm Arena.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league features 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.
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Vipers Coaches Show 4/14 6pm
The Vipers’ First Cousin
Trivia Question: When did the Vipers play their best basketball this season?
Answer: They were 18-4 when Jeff Adrien was around (16-4 with Adrien as the starting center).
Every team needs a strong inside presence. He has to be big, but that doesn’t mean he has to be tall. Adrien is 6’7, 245. Chuck Hayes (6’6, 238) is the shortest starting center in NBA history, but he’s thick, strong, aggressive, tenacious and smart. That’s why, when he plays big minutes, good things happen for the Rockets.
Last year the Vipers had Julian Sensley starting at center in the playoffs. He was all of 6’9, but wasn’t afraid of anyone. He could rebound, he could defend, and really, that’s all that mattered. The Vipers won 3-of-4 right after losing Adrien (including 1-1 at Bakersfield), but when 5-5 down the stretch, including 3-3 while trying to work in Hasheem Thabeet.
Thabeet was never really the presence the Vipers needed. The Vipers need an aggressive player. Arinze Onuaku proved that could be him. He only played 10 minutes at Bakersfield, but I’ll tell you this, during those 10 minutes, he played 10 minutes. Not everyone who has, does or will play the game plays hard every minute that they’re on the court. Onuaku did. If he can stay out of foul trouble, he could be huge for the Vipers in these must-win games the next two days.
Cousin has a lot of reason to be hungry. There are no guarantees in his contract. He needs to play every minute he is given, whether it’s with the Vipers, the Rockets’ Summer League team, or NBA training camp. He needs to prove he belongs. There’s a lot of competition to be one of the Rockets’ centers. Hayes is a free agent, as is Yao Ming. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re both back. Thabeet has one more guaranteed year and Jordan Hill is still around too. Former-Viper Patrick Patterson started at center yesterday but I think he’s more likely to pick-up minutes as the back-up power forward than at center (with that said, Patterson handled center quite well for the Vipers, so why not?). That’s a lot of names, but Cousin has a lot of potential to rise above some, most or all of them. He’s a really good rebounder and post player. He’s proven almost all he can in the NBA Development League at this point. The only thing left for him to prove is that he can be a winner.
Let’s Defend Our Title!
Omar Figueroa Fight Canceled
Las Vegas MGM Grand
Omar Figeuroa will not be fighting in Las Vegas after all. Omar’s opponent John Figueroa was unable to fight because of boxing regulations mandate he sit out a set amount of time after a knockout. And he was knocked out in his last fight. Omar will fight April 23rd at the nokia center in LA. Opponent TBA. All this according to his father/trainer/manager.
Golden Boy Promotions was unable to find a replacement fighter in time.[wpvideo c8Z3F7VJ]
RGV Vipers- Coaches Show 6pm
Jonah and Coach are on the road and so an audio broadcast is what we have on store today.
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One on One: Terrell Thomas
I’m actually different when it comes to before game music. I like to listen to R & B, it calms me down and let’s me think about the game I don’t really like to get pumped up listening to rap and hip hop its all about the smooth sound of the soul.
My favorite movie has to be White Chicks. I laugh every time I watch that movie, haha.
Favorite Music Artist:
My favorite artist has to be Brain McKnight I wish had his voice!
Favorite Basketball Player:
My favorite NBA player is Tim Duncan without a doubt I love how he uses his skill not his athleticism to compete.
Favorite NBA Team:
My favorite NBA team is the spurs they work as a team and they are going to win the championship this year and stomp on the lakers while doing it haha.
Colleges you’d like to play for:
The colleges I would like to go to eventually is Baylor, Texas, and Florida.
956sports.com: You had a great career at Nikki Rowe and a really good two year stint, was there a moment that stands out to you?
TT: I would have to say the moment we got past 1st round this year, I just looked at Josh T and hugged and said “we did it.” We couldn’t help but to be emotional, because we had finally got that huge monkey of are back.
956sports.com: Who’s the one guy on the team that made you guys laugh the most?
TT: The one guy on the team that makes me laugh the most is my friend Kevin Greider, he would make me laugh every minute of practice, lol.
956sports.com: We’ve talked before about college, what type of school are you looking at playing for? Do you have any in mind?
TT: I’m looking to go to a junior college, or a D2 university so I can train and practice and get better so I can hopefully transfer to a major D1 university.
956sports.com: Many of your players got left off the all valley team, even though the coaches have you in theirs. What went through your mind when you saw that?
TT: Honestly I didn’t mind that much actually. Whoever made those selections doesn’t know the game of basketball to be honest.
956sports.com: Do you think Nikki Rowe was disrespected, when only one player made the Refs All Star Game?
TT: Oh no question, me, Josh and Gatling should have made it. How does the MVP of the district not make it? But when I found out the refs were choosing I wasn’t surprised. Valley refs are one of the most bias people. They go judged on how you treat them, not your game.
956sports.com: You’ve got one last game with your teammates Josh Torralba, Josh Gatling, and Raul Villarreal, are you pumped?
TT: Absolutely I have played with those guys the whole year and when the season ended that was one of the things that I was most upset about. I wouldn’t be able to play with them anymore, its great being able to play with them one last game.
956sports.com: Is it added fuel for you, and Josh T and Gatling to go out and prove something to all the people that didn’t think you were worthy?
TT: Yes, We will show them what they should have picked.
956sports.com: You’ve already said on video that you want to blow out the east squad, do you really think this will happen?
TT: I’m 100 % positive we will blow them out we have way to much talent on this team to be beaten by them. West Side!!
956sports.com: Last question, your last game ended to Harlingen and you’re playing Dane Yates in the post again. Any comments?
TT: I have nothing against the kid, but it will be nice being able to get revenge. I’m looking to score on him frequently to show we are the better team regardless of what happened.Share this post:
Nikki Rowe Trio On All Star Game
After making the Coaches All Star Game, Nikki Rowe’s Trio of Josh Gatling, Terrell Thomas, and Josh Torralba take a quick minute to answer questions about the game and who is going to win.[wpvideo QtURFIop]
One on One with Ali Bills
What do you listen to before a game to get pumped up? webbie-my people..or something with lil wayne
Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball
Favorite Music Artist: Trey Songz
Favorite Basketball Player: Kobe Bryant
Favorite NBA Team: Lakers or Celtics. And yes I can have two favorite teams!
Colleges you’d like to play for:
I’ve wanted to play at Duke since I was little but its too far and too cold
956sports.com: How does college basketball differ from high school ball?
AB: the pressure is higher to preform in college every girl has the same kind of talent that you have. Which is good in a way, you got to bring your best to every game
956sports.com: You were the third highest scoring player at Odessa College this year. Did you think you’d have so much success this soon?
AB: No, but when you work hard it pays off!
956sports.com: Where will you go next year? What are your plans?
AB: I am still going on visits to different colleges I haven’t decided but when I decide I will let you know.
956sports.com: Is there a moment from your high school basketball career that you reminisce about?
AB: Playoffs every team came in so confident and sure that they had us beat. And how shock everyone was when we the Lady Bulldogs won district in 09, no one thought we were going to go as far as we did. The team work that and unselfishness that went into every win. I will never forget.
956sports.com: Did you have a chance to see any McHI Lady Bulldog games this year?
AB: I was able to see them last year. I was not able to catch a game this year.
956sports.com: What was your impressions on this year’s team?
AB: I thought they did great they played with so much heart and soul. Just as I knew they would.
956sports.com: What advice can you give to players that want to play at the next level? What should they do to make it there?
AB: Have faith in your dreams, never give up. The Valley is not a highly recruited area. If you want to go somewhere you can make it happen.Share this post:
Greg Selber – Sports Writer of the Year
STATE SPORTS WRITER OF YEAR
The Review received a statewide honor last week when reporter Greg Selber was named the Putt Powell Sports Writer of the Year by the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Former Econ football coach Oscar Salinas, now plying his trade at La Feria High School, was instrumental in organizing the effort and nomination that led to this honor. The award will be presented in Fort Worth in July.
The long-running accolade is a first for the Review, as Selber becomes only the fourth Valley journalist to win it since its inception in the 1950s. He has been a well-known fixture on the Rio Grande Valley sports scene since 1989.
Originally from Austin, he has worked in print (Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, the Edinburg Review), on television (KMBH, KGBT, KRGV), on radio (KSOX, KURV), and online (965sports.com) as well as writing for a variety of magazines (including Valley Athlete and McAllen Magazine). He was the original play-by-play voice of the Harlingen WhiteWings of independent baseball in 1994, and has broadcast hundreds of other athletic contests in his career, including professional boxing.
Selber is a tenured professor at The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg where he teaches reporting and is the adviser of the student newspaper, The Pan American. He has won five Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club, was named the Sportswriter of the Year (RGV Basketball Coaches Association) and Sportswriter of the Decade (Edinburg ISD), and was once a finalist for the Golden Hoops Award from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
Perhaps his signature accomplishment came in 2009, with the publication of “Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley,” a 460-page historical survey of football in the area.
Selber continues to be active with the Review, 956sports.com, and the weekly series “Sunday Sports Extra” on KGBT-TV Channel 4 in the fall. He is working on a sequel to “Border Ball,” on high school basketball in the Valley, and is one of the few sportswriters in the state who still takes his own photographs along with covering games.
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Meet of Champs 300m Feature
Harlingen South’s Zariah Noyola and Economedes’ Leigha Brown went head to head in the 300 meter hurdles at the Meet of Champs.
Mercedes vs. Port La Vaca Calhoun ’09
Mercedes versus Port La Vaca Calhoun 2009. While the team lost Albert Chavez and the Tigers played in an exciting playoff football game with lost of scoring. This was Albert Chavez’ final high school football game who in 2009 passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards… and he had 23 touchdowns. He will go down as one of the most exciting players in Valley football history. He was also named All-Valley Most Valuable Player.
A Lot On The Line On Final Day
Sometimes you just have to play all 50 games before you can know everything.
Here’s what we do know:
2,3,4 – Reno, Rio Grande Valley, Tulsa (but not necessarily in that order)
6,7 Bakersfield, Utah (but not necessarily in that order)
8 – Texas/Idaho/Fort Wayne (all 23-26 with one game remaining)
Let’s start with the important section of 2,3,4 since it involves the Vipers. Here’s how it currently stands:
2. Reno 33-16
3. Rio Grande Valley 32-17
4. Tulsa 32-17
With a win tonight at Bakersfield, the Reno Bighorns will be the Western Conference Champions and the #2 seed. But let’s say they lose and the Vipers (and maybe even Tulsa) win to force a tie. Then what?
The first tiebreaker is head-to-head record.
Vipers vs. Reno – 1-1
Vipers vs. Tulsa – 2-0
Reno vs. Tulsa – 1-1
Okay, no help there.
The second tiebreaker is better winning percentage against teams with winning records.
Vipers 9-5 (.643)
Reno 14-10 (.583) with one game remaining (at best 15-10 (.600), at worst 14-11 (.560))
Tulsa 7-9 (.438)
What this teaches us off the bat is that Tulsa cannot take the Western Conference Championship, no matter what. So they will finish either third or fourth, even if they win on Saturday. If the Vipers win, they are assured of at least the number three seed. If the Vipers win and the Bighorns lose, then the Vipers are the number two seed and the Western Conference Champions.
I think this makes tonight a must-win game for the Vipers. Look, getting into the playoffs is all anyone can ever ask for, or so they say. I say it’s crucial to get a #3 seed or higher. Last year the top three seeds advanced. They got to pick their opponents. The #4 seed gets stuck with whoever is left. Last year Sioux Falls was forced to play Tulsa, a team that only the Vipers could stop. Winning the Western Conference would be great, but getting to choose from at least two different opponents, if not three, is huge.
The question of who gets the sixth seed and who gets the seventh seed is pretty much meaningless since either way they’re in the pool to get chosen from in the first round. There is no re-seeding (it’s a bracket format with #1 and #4 on one side, #2 and #3 on the other side. Their opponents follow them and get locked in). For the record, Bakersfield and Utah finished 2-2 against each other. Bakersfield is 8-12 (.400) against winning teams with one game remaining (at best 9-12 (.429), at worst 8-13 (.381)) while Utah is 9-13 (.409). The only way they finish tied is if Utah wins and Bakersfield loses, which would give Utah the tiebreaker.
Let’s move onto the eighth and final playoff spot. Three teams with a chance to claim it, all in action on Saturday.
Fort Wayne vs. Sioux Falls
Texas @ Austin
Idaho @ Utah
If only one team wins, then it’s easy. That’s the #8 seed. In case of ties, here’s what we have:
Texas vs. Idaho – 2-0
Texas vs. Fort Wayne – 1-1
Idaho vs. Fort Wayne – 1-1
That answers one question, but not all of them.
Records against winning teams:
Texas 10-14 (.417)
Idaho 9-16 (.360) with one game remaining (at best 10-16 (.385), at worst 9-17 (.346)
Fort Wayne 4-19 (.174)
It boils down to this. If Texas wins, they’re the #8 seed, no matter what. If Idaho and Fort Wayne finish tied, the Stampede are the #8 seed. The only way for the Mad Ants to make the playoffs is for Texas and Idaho to lose while Fort Wayne wins. Based on strength of opponents, it’s not the most unlikely of scenarios, but it’s not exactly as sweet as controlling your own destiny.Share this post:
McHi vs. Sharyland Full Game
McAllen travels to Sharyland in a battle for 30-5A supremacy.
By: Jonathan Salinas Sharyland ...No Doubts: Sharyland Defense Leads Convincing Win Over North
BY GREG SELBER EDINBURG ...Highlights: Sharyland vs North
Highlights from Sharyland vs Edinburg ...