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GCGL hoops tournament tips off Friday in Goldendale

 

February 7, 2018



The Greater Columbia Gorge League District Tournament (boys and girls) kicks off Friday in Goldendale, and features a handful of top five teams among the Class 1B ranks according to the WIAA RPI rankings.

The Sunnyside Christian Knights boys team, who is slated to take on the Klickwood Vandals in the first round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. is currently the No. 1 Class 1B team in the state based on the RPI rankings, which takes winning percentage, opponents' winning percentage, opponents' opponents' winning percentage, and strength of schedule into effect.

The first boys game on Friday, a 4:30 p.m. contest between the Yakama Tribal Eagles and the Trout Lake Mustangs, pits the No. 4 team in the state (Tribal) against a much improved and dangerous Trout Lake squad.

However, the Eagles and the Knights will be tough outs in the double-elimination tournament that sends the top two teams to the regional tournament. Sunnyside Christian finished the regular season at 19-1 overall and undefeated in league play. Its only loss came against the top Class 1A team in the state, Lynden Christian (67-55) on Dec. 27.

The Yakama Tribal Eagles ended the season at 16-3 overall and 6-2 against league opponents, with their only two losses coming to the Knights on Jan. 6 (58-47) and Jan. 30 (57-49).

The Mustangs, who missed out on the tourney last season, bounced back for a third place GCGL finish after closing the regular season at 4-4 in league play.

Klickwood edged Bickleton for the fourth and final spot in the tourney, and enters on a winning note after knocking off Lyle-Wishram 73-64 last Friday.

Girls

The Sunnyside Christian girls also are among the top 1B teams after an 18-2 regular season including an undefeated mark in league play. They are the No. 5 team in the state based on the RPI rankings, and play Friday at 6 p.m. against the Klickwood girls, who finished as the No. 4 seed after a 2-14 regular season.

The tourney opens Friday at 3 p.m. with the Trout Lake girls taking on the Yakama Tribal girls. The Mustang girls missed out on the tournament last year, but returned with a third place GCGL finish. However, they struggled in two games against Tribal this year, falling 93-54 last Friday, and 66-25 on Jan. 20.

 

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