As of Wednesday, February 8, 2017
PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s boys basketball team clinched the Casco League regular season title after defeating Toledo 64-61 on Feb. 1; Jewell 46-31 on Thursday; and Mapleton 79-49 on Saturday.
The Pirates (19-3 overall, 12-1 Casco League) played Damascus Christian Tuesday after press time. Perrydale closes the regular season out at Oregon School for the Deaf on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Then, Perrydale will be off until Feb. 18, when the Pirates face the winner of the No. 2 vs. No. 3 seed in the Casco League tournament title game at Corban in Salem.
“I was impressed with the way the kids came out and made a statement against Toledo,” coach Brian Domes said. “We got out to a lead and let them back into it, but held on throughout the game.”
With more than a week between games, Domes said they’ll focus on defensive execution and being ready to come out strong on the 18th.
“I’d just as soon keep playing, but it seems like these kids find the energy to play well from the beginning,” Domes said. “There’s just something about them.”
Perrydale has its trip to the state playoffs locked up, but seeding remains up in the air.
That should give the Pirates plenty of motivation to play hard.
“There’s a really strong league (Skyline) that will carry two teams with high rankings in the state playoffs,” Domes said. “I told the kids we don’t want to be ranked seventh or eighth when the final rankings come out. We want to be sixth or higher.”
While the boys focus on seeding, the girls likely won’t know where they rank in the league tournament until Saturday. If the Pirates and Jewell end up tied, Perrydale will be ranked fourth in the league, coach Terry Newton said, and play fifth-seeded Falls City in the first round of the league playoffs with the loser being eliminated.
If Perrydale finishes third, the Pirates will face the second seed in the league tournament with the winner advancing to state and the loser getting one more shot to go to state against the winner of the league’s fourth/fifth matchup.
“I’ve explained to the girls its playoff time now,” Newton said. “We will be in some serious games. We have to show up and play and compete against good competition, not just beating teams that are bad.”
The Casco League tournament begins Feb. 16 at Corban University.