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Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome, Class 3A edition

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm with No Comments »
February 8, 2012 4:17 pm
Will Lakes High defend its Class 3A boys basketball state championship?

Just as I did during football season, I’ll break down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. Because the current state tournament format has been used only once, here’s a brief primer.

For instance, when I refer to the “regional round of the state tournament,” I mean the games that will be played on Feb. 24-25. These games will be played at sites around the state and you can see the venues for each classification here. Teams will not play in the Tacoma Dome, Yakima SunDome or Spokane Arena, depending on their classification, until the quarterfinals of the state tournament, which begin on Thursday, March 1.

That out of the way, here’s how teams will qualify for state:

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CLASS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL: Road to the Tacoma Dome

NORTHWEST DISTRICT

Teams to state: Two
Lowdown: Six teams from WesCo and two from the Northwest Conference comprise this double-elimination tournament – two will advance to the regional round of the state tournament. The tourney begins on Wednesday (tonight).

SEA-KING DISTRICT
Teams to state:
Five
Lowdown: Metro League will send eight teams and KingCo will be represented by four teams in this modified double-elimination tournament, which begins Feb. 11. Both conferences have league tournaments that feed into the Sea-King District tournament. In the Metro tourney, top seeds Rainier Beach and Seattle Prep were upended by O’Dea and Franklin on Tuesday, which should make for some interesting pairings in the district tourney next week.

WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT
Teams to state:
Six
Lowdown: Teams won’t secure seeds for this tournament until Thursday and the bracket won’t be filled in until Saturday night. Teams from five leagues – Seamount, Olympic, SPSL, Narrows and Greater St. Helens League – compose this tournament.

Check back on Saturday for a look at the filled-in bi-district bracket.

GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Teams to state:
No automatic bids, two teams advance to pigtail games with CBBN teams
Lowdown: Three GSL teams will advance to the league playoffs and two will emerge to advance to state play-in games against teams from the CBBN. The GSL receives no automatic bid to the regional round of the state tournament.

CBBN
Teams to state:
One, plus two pigtail games with GSL
Lowdown: The league tournament champion secures an automatic berth to the regional round of the state tournament. The second- and third-place teams will square off against GSL teams in winner-to-state, loser-out games on Feb. 18.

CLASS 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL: Road to the Tacoma Dome

NORTHWEST DISTRICT
Teams to state:
Two
Lowdown: Six teams from WesCo and two from the Northwest Conference comprise this double-elimination tournament – two will advance to the regional round of the state tournament. The tourney begins Thursday.

SEA-KING DISTRICT
Teams to state:
Five
Lowdown: Metro League will send eight teams and KingCo will be represented by four teams in this modified double-elimination tournament, which begins Feb. 11. Both conferences have league tournaments that feed into the Sea-King District tournament.

WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT
Teams to state:
Six
Lowdown: Teams won’t secure seeds for this tournament until Thursday and the bracket won’t be filled in until Saturday night. Teams from five leagues – Seamount, Olympic, SPSL, Narrows and Greater St. Helens League – compose this tournament.

Check back on Saturday for a look at the filled-in bi-district bracket.

GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Teams to state:
No automatic bids, two teams advance to pigtail games with CBBN teams
Lowdown: Three GSL teams will advance to the league playoffs and two will emerge to advance to state play-in games against teams from the CBBN. The GSL receives no automatic bid to the regional round of the state tournament.

CBBN
Teams to state:
One, plus two pigtail games with GSL
Lowdown: The league tournament champion secures an automatic berth to the regional round of the state tournament. The second- and third-place teams will square off against GSL teams in winner-to-state, loser-out games on Feb. 18.

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