Potential for chaos in regular season finale


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Things have the potential to get crazy as the regular boys' basketball season comes to an end Tuesday night. Five local schools are still in playoff contention and only Rouse has clinched a spot.

Everybody else is fighting for their postseason lives.

Vista Ridge (20-10, 6-5 District 25-6A) hosts No. 13 Westlake (24-6, 10-1), which lost just one district game all year and has the district title in the bag, on Tuesday night. A win will clinch a postseason spot for the Rangers.

A loss creates a plethora of situations.

Vandegrift and Leander are headed in opposite directions since the second round began. The Vipers (12-17, 5-6) have won three games in a row with their backs up against the wall and the Lions (15-12, 5-6) has lost five straight, with their last win coming on Jan. 20 against Lehman.

Leader host the Lobos and Vandegrift welcomes Lake Travis, which already has its playoff spot locked up. Both games are set to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Losses by Vista Ridge and Leander and a win by Vandegrift eliminates the Lions and has the Vipers and Rangers flip a coin for seeding. Losses by the Rangers and Vipers and a win by Leander means Vandegrift is eliminated.

If all three team lose, Vista Ridge clinches the No. 3 seed and Vandegrift and Leander will play a neutral site game to determine who is the No. 4 seed.

Should Vandegrift and Leander win and Vista Ridge fall, the three teams will be tied for third place and will have a small tournament ahead of the Saturday night deadline to determine which two will make the postseason.

Things are a little less chaotic in District 19-5A.

Rouse (23-10, 11-4 District 19-5A) has a playoff locked up and hosts Bastrop (10-19, 3-12) in the final regular season game. The Raiders have lost two of their last three games, but can still potentially win a co-district title if both Georgetown (23-7, 12-3) and Connally (24-7, 12-3) lose Tuesday.

The story is simple for Cedar Park (13-10, 9-6). Win and you’re in. The Timberwolves take on Elgin (18-11,10-5), who sit one spot ahead of them, at 7 p.m.

Cedar Park beat the Wildcats 42-38 in the first round and has won two straight games, including buzzer beater against playoff-bound Connally last Tuesday night. A win would also make it eight straight playoff appearances for the Timberwolves.

There’s potential for even more chaos in District 25-6A.