Just two weeks remain in the regular season and both leagues feature exciting races.
Well, not for the league titles. Those are all but over. However, the No. 2 seed is very much up for grabs in both the High Desert and Sierra Leagues.
In the HDL, Reed, Spanish Springs and McQueen are all separated by one game. In the Sierra League, Carson, Douglas, Galena and Damonte Ranch are also divided by a single game.
Forget every game. Every possession matters now. One possession may be the difference between opening the playoffs on the road or at home, or even missing the postseason altogether.
To view how the rankings have progressed this season, click here.
1. Bishop Manogue Miners (18-2, 12-0)
The two-time reigning regional champs won their two games last week, against Wooster and Douglas, by an aggregate score of 173-27.
It’s getting ugly.
Last week: 1
2. Reno Huskies (19-4, 11-1)
If Bishop Manogue is cutting through the Sierra League like a hot knife through butter, Reno is cutting through the High Desert League like a warm knife through that same butter.
The Huskies have won every HDL game by at least 21 points.
Last week: 2
3. Reed Raiders (15-4, 9-3)
Reed picked up a huge road win at Spanish Springs last Tuesday night.
The Raiders built a big fourth-quarter lead then found themselves down one inside the final minute after a 10-0 Spanish Springs run. Reed scored the final six points to win, 58-53.
Last week: 5
4. Spanish Springs Cougars (15-7, 9-3)
The Cougs bounced back from last Tuesday’s home loss with a pivotal 44-34 win at McQueen.
Spanish Springs, which swept the regular-season series with the Lancers, is tied with Reed for second in the HDL.
Last week: 3
5. McQueen Lancers (14-8, 8-4)
It was a rough week for the Lancers.
They lost to Reno by 28 points then Spanish Springs by 10. Work is left to be done if the Lancers are to climb out of fourth place and avoid opening the postseason at Bishop Manogue.
Last week: 4
Outside looking in: Galena Grizzlies