A chance remains for the men to make the NWAACC tournament…if the stars all align just right. Four teams will advance and the Knights have a shot at fourth place. All teams have two games remaining. Even if they win their final two games, the young ladies cannot make the tourney this season.
Men. Treasure Valley, Big Bend and Columbia Basin are in. Four teams are within two games of each other as they struggle for the final berth. Following are the teams, records, games to play.
Spokane, 7-5, at Yakima Valley, at Big Bend.
Wenatchee Valley, 5-7, home Big Bend, home Yakima Valley.
Yakima Valley, 5-7, home Spokane, at Wenatchee Valley.
Walla Walla, 5-7, home Blue Mountain, home Columbia Basin.
The Knights need to win two (7-7), have the Sasquatch lose two (7-7) and the Warriors lose one (6-8 at best). The Yaks would be out with the loss to WVC. Wenatchee and Spokane would then be tied and they split their series this season. Then it gets more complicated. The next tie-breaker is how the two tied teams did against the number one outfit, if still tied the number two, etc., and a rotation process may get involved. Suffice it to say that any hope the Knights have first relies on them winning out and the Sasquatch losing out.
Women. Like the men, only two games separate four teams, and there is a scenario where WVC could tie with Big Bend and Spokane four fourth if they win their last two. But, based on head-to-head Big Bend would get the tourney berth. Between the three, Big Bend would be 3-1, WVC 2-2 and Spokane 1-3 (WVC and BBCC split, WVC and SCC split, but BBCC would be 2-0 vs. SCC).
WOMENS BASKETBALL (4-8. 12-15)
Wednesday, Big Bend (6-6, 16-10) home.
The ladies complete their regular season with two home games this week, the first of which is today against Big Bend. The last two games between these two have been squeakers. The Knights ended their season at Moses Lake with a 60-58 victory. When they played at BBCC earlier this season the home team won 48-46. Oh for a record like the old days. Get this. These two schools played for the first time in the 1978-79 season…WVC won. And WVC continued to win for 10 straight years…that was 30 games. Wow! Since 1990-91 things changed quite a bit with the Black and Silver managing a 31-26 lead over the last 57 meetings. The Knights have done fairly well on 5th Street taking 34 of 43 games.
Saturday, Yakima Valley (4-8, 8-17) home.
Not only are the Knights and Yaks records identical (4-8) they mighty close in other ways. The following are per game – points 58-58, assists 10-10, rebounds 40-40, FG% WVC up 35-33, 3-pt.FG% WVC up 30-28 and FT% WVC up 68-67. Yakima Valley hasn’t been so hot lately only winning one of their last six games. The Knights defeated the Yaks 59-41 in their earlier meeting. The series is a close one with YVC holding a 45-42 lead. On their home floor the Knights are up 23-15.
Darian Gasseling scored 14 points Saturday at Treasure Valley and became the 55th Knight to top 300 points in a season. The point guard from Wapato now has 313 and is tied for 49th. The record is 540 by Nikki Haerling in 2003-04.
Standings: Columbia Basin 12-0, Walla Walla 10-2, Blue Mountain 7-5, Big Bend 6-6, Spokane 5-7, Wenatchee Valley 4-8, Yakima Valley 4-8, Treasure Valley 0-12.
MENS BASKETBALL (5-7, 11-14)
Wednesday, Big Bend (8-4, 19-7) home.
What’s up with these Vikings from Moses Lake? They’ve been pillaging and plundering the nice folks from Wenatchee Valley College for five years. During that stretch Big Bend has run off 12 consecutive wins to take over the lead in the series 58-51. In the game at BBCC last month the Vikings won 111-81. In the friendly confines of W.B. Smith Gymnasium WVC has the advantage 30-23.
100 for Weidenbach. Today’s game is the 100th in Coby Weidenbach’s coaching career at WVC. Coby came aboard four years ago for the 2010-11 season. He has 37 wins and 62 losses.
Saturday, Yakima Valley (5-7, 14-12) home.
The Knights and Yaks, along with the Warriors of Walla Walla, all begin the week tied for fifth in the East Region with 5-7 records. Yakima Valley is Wenatchee’s most familiar foe. The two have played each other 157 times over 68 years. The Yakima outfit has won a healthy majority of those and leads 102-57. WVC has dropped four in a row to YVCC, including an 89-76 loss on the road last month.
Standings: Treasure Valley 9-3, Columbia Basin 8-4, Big Bend 8-4, Spokane 7-5, Wenatchee Valley 5-7, Yakima Valley 5-7, Walla Walla 5-7, Blue Mountain 1-11,