Runnin' Vikes have control of their own NWAC playoff destiny

Runnin' Vikes have control of their own NWAC playoff destiny

Office of Communications

Monday, Feb. 18th

Big Bend 93, Yakima Valley 88

Big Bend pickled up another important win on its journey back to the Northwest Athletic Conference Playoff Monday night defeating Yakima Valley on the road. However, to ensure a spot in the playoffs the Vikings need to win their remaining three regular-season games against Wenatchee Valley, Walla Walla, and Blue Mountain. 

Wenatchee Valley is scheduled to make the trip to Moses Lake on Wednesday and the Knights handed the Big bend a 20-point loss in their first meeting (Jan. 23). During that game, WVC hit 15, 3-pointers more than double the Runnin' Vikes from distance. 

The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m., in the Peter DeVries Center.


Rodney Harwood

Saturday, Feb. 16th

Big Bend 95, Treasure Valley 70

MOSES LAKE — The end game has always been to get back to the tournament and the Big Bend Runnin' Vikes took another step forward with a critical 95-70 victory over Treasure Valley Saturday night at DeVries Activity Center.

With the win, Big Bend (16-7, 6-6 NWAC East) has won 4 of its last 5 games and beat the team ahead of them in the NWAC East standings. Treasure Valley (9-15, NWAC East 7-7), has now lost 4 of its last 5 games."We're playing with a sense of urgency, but we still need to take each game one at a time," said sophomore Mauricio Smith, who finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. "We need to focus on the opponent that's in front of us instead of down the road."

Since the standings are based on the number of region losses, the Runnin' Vikes have moved up into the final playoff spot with three of their remaining four regular-season opponents ranked lower than they are in the standings.

They have Yakima Valley (7-18, 4-9), Wenatchee (12-11, 4-8) and Blue Mountain (4-19, 2-10) and Walla Walla (16-9, 10-2) remaining.

For the complete story, please visit the Columbia Basin Herald website, HERE.