Big Bend Men & Women pushing towards playoffs

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Both the Big Bend men and women will have all week to prepare for final two games of the season.

Big Bend Communications Office

Both the Big Bend men's and women's basketball teams will have the entire week to prepare for their final two games of the season. Each of which will be crucial in deciding whether or not the teams will head to Everett the second week of March for the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference Playoffs (NWAC).

Runnin Vikes

The Runnin's Vikes (15-11, 8-6) are coming off of a win over Columbia Basin on Saturday, 107-65.

Led by 22 points from DeAngelo Stowers and 21 from Mauricio Smith (5 rebs), Big Bend easily handled the Hawks on their home floor jumping out to a 22-point halftime lead. Smith was nearly perfect from behind the 3-point arc hitting 5-of-6 attempts. BBCC also got a double-double effort from forward Miles Brown who grabbed 11 boards and netted 10 points. Guards Kobe Huerta and Christopher Hawkins added 15 and 12 respectively.

Big Bend currently sits a half-game back of the fourth and final playoff spot in the NWAC East behind Wenatchee and Yakima Valley. While the Runnin' Vikes have an opportunity to even the series with Yakima (Feb. 28) they dropped both of their regular season conference games to Wenatchee and would lose out if they ended up tied for the last spot with the Knights.

Wenatchee and Yakima face off this Saturday (Feb. 24) and Big Bend needs for Yakima to pick up the win, and then the Runnin' Vikes need to win out against Treasure Valley (Feb. 24) and Yakima Valley (Feb. 28) to have a shot to make it to Everett.

For full NWAC standings CLICK HERE.

 

Lady Vikes

The Lady Vikes (18-9, 7-7) are coming are coming off of an 82-61 loss on Saturday to Columbia Basin College at home.

Big Bend got a solid effort from Sunnie Martinez who scored 17 points (3 rebs, 2 asst, 1 blk) with Hailey Garrity adding 11 points and 9 rebounds.

Callie Gronning, Emily Allan, and Leah Dougherty each scored 10, 9, and 8 respectively.

The Lady Hawks (11-3 in NWAC) defeated BBCC for the second time this season, and have already clinched one of four playoff spots in the NWAC East Region along with Walla Walla (13-0 in NWAC) who is undefeated in conference play.

Big Bend is currently sitting in fifth in the NWAC East standings behind Treasure Valley (7-6) and North Idaho (8-5). The Lady Vikings did defeat North Idaho twice already in regular-season play and defeated Treasure Valley once. They will face Treasure Valley again at home on Saturday (Feb. 24) and then finish their season at Yakima (Feb. 28).

For full NWAC standings CLICK HERE.