The first round of the 4A District Playoffs between the Greater Spokane League and Mid Columbia Conference begin tomorrow. Ferris travels down to Pasco to face MCC 1 seed Chiawana in what I expect to be a very challenging matchup for the Saxons. Chiawana plays a very modern offensive style with an emphasis on the three point shot and keeping their players spread out in a 5 out look that really stretches opposing defenses. Given that they return the core of the team that advanced to the Regional level last year and it's at home they're clearly the favorite to win going away.
As a 4 seed my Saxons are going to have to be true road warriors from here on out unless we have the same outcome as Gonzaga Prep tomorrow. If we both win or lose we'll face Prep at their place on Saturday which would be pretty fun, particularly if it was to go the title game. The most likely outcome if the games follow seeding is that Prep will defeat Richland, we'll lose to Chiawana and then have to travel back down to Richland on Saturday. In the other half of the bracket Mead will be playing at Walla Walla and Central Valley will host Hanford. I expect the Blue Devils to defeat Mead and CV to take care of Hanford. My hunch is that Chiawana is the best team overall, but the quality of the GSL is better than the MCC, so I'm curious to see if that proves out tomorrow.