Playoffs await: Wise teams head to postseason

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO – Decatur’s bench erupts in celebration after Gage Rieger hit a buzzer-beater to clinch the District 8-4A championship last week. Decatur and several other Wise County schools will begin their playoff push next week. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The boys basketball regular season ended Tuesday night, and several Wise County schools are still battling for playoff positioning, while some have already clinched a postseason berth.

In District 8-4A, Decatur locked up the league championship and No. 1 seed last week with a win over Argyle. The Eagles closed out the regular season Tuesday in Krum, putting their 7-0 district mark on the line. Decatur is 31-3 and has won 11 straight games.

Bridgeport, meanwhile, will have a win-or-go-home game Tuesday night in Springtown. If the Bulls beat the Porcupines, the two schools will play a tiebreaker Friday for the fourth and final playoff spot in 8-4A. Bridgeport is 0-17 in league play over the past two years and has not won a district game since 2017.

In District 7-3A, Boyd and Breckenridge are duking it out for the final playoff spot. The Yellowjackets and Buckaroos are 6-7 in 7-3A and have split the season series with each other. If Boyd beats Paradise Tuesday night and Breckenridge loses to Peaster, the Yellowjackets will claim fourth place. If the two schools both win or both lose, Boyd and Breckenridge will square off in a play-in game. The fourth place finisher from 7-3A will draw District 8-3A champion Holliday in the bi-district round.

Paradise has been eliminated from playoff contention.

In District 11-2A, the Alvord Bulldogs are locked into third place. Chico and Era will play a tiebreaker Friday for fourth place in 11-2A. Both teams are 1-7 in league play.

In District 22-A, the Slidell Greyhounds clinched their third straight district championship with a win over Saint Jo last week. Slidell has not lost a game in league play in more than two years and is 28-0 in 22-A during that span.

By finishing first in 22-A, Slidell earned a first-round bye. The Greyhounds will play in the area round of the Class A Region III playoffs next Thursday or Friday.

The boys basketball playoffs begin next Monday with the bi-district round.

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