A breakdown of the final stretch of Region 12 basketball play

LOGAN – The competition in Region 12 basketball hasn’t disappointed this season. With just two games left for each team, the champions from both the boys and the girls regions are far from being decided.

<h2><strong>Boys basketball</strong></h2>

With a current three-way tie for first place, it appears the Region 12 boys race will come down to the final week. Green Canyon, Logan and Sky View are each at 6-2 overall and each have a chance at a region championship. Logan has already played both Green Canyon and Sky View twice, splitting both series. That makes Wednesday’s Green Canyon at Sky View game a big one.

Each of the three teams is guaranteed at least a share of the region title if it can win out, but each has a challenging final two games:

<table border=”0″><caption><strong> Remaining schedules</strong></caption><tbody><tr><td> </td><td> <strong>Green Canyon</strong></td><td><strong>Logan </strong></td><td><strong>Sky View </strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Wednesday, Feb. 14</strong> </td><td> at Sky View</td><td>vs Ridgeline </td><td>vs Green Canyon</td></tr><tr><td><strong> Friday, Feb. 16</strong></td><td> at Ridgeline</td><td>at Bear River </td><td>at Mountain Crest </td></tr></tbody></table>

The region championship isn’t the only thing at play. Only four of the six region teams will get a spot in the UHSAA state tournament.

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Green Canyon, Logan and Sky View are already guaranteed a spot, but the last slot is open. Surprisingly, just one year after its state championship, Ridgeline is 0-8 in region play and has been eliminated from the state tournament. That leaves Mountain Crest and Bear River fighting for the final bid.

<table border=”0″><caption> <strong>Region 12 Standings – Boys</strong></caption><tbody><tr><td><strong>Sky View </strong></td><td>6-2 </td><td>14-6 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Logan </strong></td><td>6-2 </td><td>12-8 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Green Canyon </strong></td><td>6-2 </td><td>10-8 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Bear River </strong></td><td>4-4 </td><td>14-6 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Mountain Crest</strong> </td><td>2-6 </td><td>7-13 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Ridgeline </strong></td><td>0-8 </td><td>7-12 </td></tr></tbody></table>

But it is still a long shot for the Mustangs. At 2-6, the only way Mountain Crest gets in is by winning its final two games and Bear River losing its last two. Even then, there would need to be a tiebreaker to determine who gets the final spot. The two teams will play each other Wednesday night in Hyrum.

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The other aspect to consider in the Region 12 race is seeding. Of the four teams that qualify for the state tournament, the teams that rank No. 1 and No. 2 will get to play at home for the first round. The other two teams will have to go to the St. George area to play Region 9’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams.

After that, the rest of the state tournament is decided at Utah Valley University.

<h2><strong>Girls Basketball</strong></h2>

The game with the most on the line will take place Tuesday night when 8-0 Logan travels to 7-1 Ridgeline. If Logan wins, the Grizzlies will clinch the region championship. If the the RiverHawks win, the two teams will be tied for first heading into their final games.

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Logan and Ridgeline have met once already, when the Grizzlies beat the RiverHawks 59-44 in Logan.

<table border=”0″><caption><strong>Region 12 standings – Girls </strong></caption><tbody><tr><td><strong>Logan </strong></td><td>8-0 </td><td>15-4 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Ridgeline </strong></td><td>7-1 </td><td>13-6 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Green Canyon</strong> </td><td>5-3 </td><td>12-6 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Bear River</strong> </td><td>2-6 </td><td>5-13 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Sky View </strong></td><td>2-6 </td><td>4-16 </td></tr><tr><td><strong>Mountain Crest</strong> </td><td>0-8 </td><td>3-17 </td></tr></tbody></table>

At 5-3, Green Canyon holds the No. 3 spot in Region 12 and is guaranteed at least a No.3 tournament spot. The final spot is up for grabs between Bear River and Sky View. Each team is 2-6 and has split the series with each other. Whichever team finishes strongest will travel to St. George for the first round.

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This is what the two teams are up against:

<table border=”0″><caption><strong>Remaining schedules </strong></caption><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><strong>Bear River </strong></td><td><strong>Sky View </strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Tuesday, Feb. 13</strong></td><td> vs Mountain Crest</td><td>at Green Canyon</td></tr><tr><td><strong>Thursday, Feb. 15</strong></td><td>at Logan </td><td>vs Mountain Crest </td></tr></tbody></table>

Mountain Crest is out of tournament contention with an 0-8 region record, but could play the part of spoiler with games against two teams fighting for the final spot.

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