Men’s Basketball Sits on Precarious Edge: Playoff Scenarios

Preston Hausser, Sports Editor

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Fourth place. This is the goal for 2016-17 boy’s basketball team. Fourth place means a conference and a regional tournament berth, the second time in three years for a historically mediocre program. With a win over Appomattox in December and an away victory over Arcadia two weekends ago, the Green Dragons sit at 2-12, less than a point ahead of Bruton, who holds a 3-12 record.


While the Panthers may have a better record, the point standard instituted by VHSL in 2013 gives Maggie Walker an edge in conference standings. Both Walker and Bruton get 8 points each for a win, but receive different point totals for each loss. Bruton plays its regular season in the Bay Rivers District, where many teams play at the 3A and 4A level. In this case, Bruton receives one or two points for a loss, respectively. Walker, on the other hand, plays mostly 5A teams, meaning they receive three points for every loss in the Colonial District.


Had the Green Dragons won against Nandua or Goochland, a playoff berth would be all but confirmed, but losses pushed MLWGS closer to Bruton in the standings. With upcoming games against Tucker, Patrick Henry and Goochland, the boys will look to clinch with a victory in any of these match-ups. Fortunately for MLWGS, as long as Bruton wins no more than one game the rest of the season, the Green Dragons may still get into the postseason if they lose out. Three games to earn one victory and a chance to add two more weeks to the season, this is what fourth place means.

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Men’s Basketball Sits on Precarious Edge: Playoff Scenarios