MENS BASKETBALL (6-7)
Wednesday, Spokane (9-4) away
Oh my…time to slay the Sasquatch. Wenatchee Valley College opens league play in the Inland Empire today. Their Lilac City hosts have been more poison ivy recently than the aromatic lavender of city nickname. In 21 games since 2003-04 the Knights have managed but one lone victory. Spokane leads the series in wins 75 to 45.
Saturday, Big Bend (11-3) away.
And addition to the Sasquatch, the Vikings need vexed. The outfit from Moses Lake as run off 11 straight wins against Wenatchee Valley. The “good guys” last victory coming in 2007-08. In 108 meetings the Vikings hold a 57-51 lead in the “W” column.
The men are averaging 77.62 ppg. This is their highest average in 10 years. They are giving up 79.62, the highest average in seven seasons.
What the East Region teams did in non-league games: Big Bend 11-3, Spokane 9-4, Yakima Valley 9-5, Treasure Valley 7-4, Columbia Basin 7-5, Walla Walla 7-7, Wenatchee Valley 6-7, Blue Mountain 4-8.
WOMENS BASKETBALL (8-7)
Wednesday, Spokane (8-5) away.
The Knights finished 2013 with three straight wins and four in their last five games to complete the non-league portion of the schedule. The gals open East Region play with a pair of road games. Today they are in Spokane to take on the Sasquatch. Spokane ended December with three wins in four games. The Sasquatch has been a pain for WVC the past seven seasons. From their first game in 1975-76 through mid-2006-07 Wenatchee Valley led in wins 45-40. Since then Spokane has won 13 of 14 to take a 53-46 series lead.
Saturday, Big Bend (10-4) away.
The Knights and Vikings will meet for the 87th time Saturday. Over the last 35-year span the Black and Silver has won 61 of those games to Big Bend’s 25. From 1990-91 WVC is 31-25. Do the math and you’ll discover the Knights were an incredible 30-0 the first 11 seasons. A year ago the pair split, each winning on the other’s court.
The ladies won all three games to win the Chemeketa Holiday Tournament December 28-30. This was the Knights’ first title in the past 21 of these three-day tourneys. The last time WVC came home as a champ was December 2005 when they swept three at South Puget Sound.
On the 29th WVC romped over Lane 93-75 at the tourney at Chemeketa. The 93 points ties for the 28th most points ever scored by the Knights. It also broke a nine-game losing streak to the Titans.
What the East Region teams did in non-league games: Blue Mountain 11-2, Columbia Basin 10-3, Big Bend 10-4, Spokane 8-5, Walla Walla 6-5, Wenatchee Valley 8-7, Yakima Valley 4-9, Treasure Valley 2-10.
The East is in Beast Mode
In the latest Joward Power Rankings the East Region fares very well for both the women and men among the 33 NWAACC teams.
Women: 2nd Columbia Basin, 3rd Blue Mountain, 7th Big Bend
Men: 3rd Big Bend, 5th Spokane, 6th Treasure Valley