Despite loss to Treasure Valley, Runnin' Vikes still alive for NWAC playoff berth

If the Runnin? Vikes beat the Yaks for the second time this season, and North Idaho beats Wenatchee Valley, all three will end up with the same East Region record and they?ll have to go to a playoff for the final tournament berth.
If the Runnin’ Vikes beat the Yaks for the second time this season, and North Idaho beats Wenatchee Valley, all three will end up with the same East Region record and they’ll have to go to a playoff for the final tournament berth.

By RODNEY HARWOOD of the Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — It's not like the bubble burst on Big Bend's season with Saturday's 98-92 NWAC East loss to Treasure Valley at DeVries Activities Center.

They missed a golden opportunity to separate themselves from a three-way contention for the fourth and final playoff spot in the NWAC East. But they still hold on to the playoff possibility with a win at Yakima Valley on Wednesday and a North Idaho win over Wenatchee Valley.

Here's how it shakes out: Yakima Valley (9-6) swept Wenatchee Valley (9-6) during the regular season. Wenatchee swept Big Bend (8-7). If the Runnin' Vikes beat the Yaks for the second time this season, and North Idaho beats Wenatchee Valley, all three will end up with the same East Region record and they'll have to go to a playoff for the final tournament berth.

It's not ideal first-year Big Bend head coach Mingo Scott said, but it's better than nothing.

"We're still alive if North Idaho beats Wenatchee at (Christianson Gym), which is a good possibility," Scott said. "If that happens and we win at Yakima, well have a three-way tie and we'll have a playoff because no one holds a distinctive tie-breaker."

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