UIL girls playoff games tonight; Boys finales carry playoff implications
Published 12:14 am Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Three of the four UIL girls basketball teams in Mid- and South County have made it to the playoffs.
Class 2A bi-district
Sabine Pass (16-5, 6-2 in 24-2A) won its first district championship in 50 years but has to overcome a regular-season finale loss to West Hardin in taking on Colmesneil at 6 tonight at Deweyville High School. Colmesneil is the fourth seed in 23-2A.
The winner will take on the survivor of Monday’s game between Cushing and Shelbyville in the area round.
Class 5A bi-district
Port Neches-Groves (19-9, 9-3 in 21-5A) has earned a second consecutive playoff berth and second in school history. The Indians earned the No. 2 seed in 21-5A by winning a tiebreaking game over Dayton 63-37 on Friday at Barbers Hill High.
PNG now will take on third-seed Galveston Ball (13-14, 9-5 in 22-5A) at 6:30 tonight at East Chambers High School in Winnie.
Ball won last year’s bi-district game a day after it was postponed when a barge collision at an Interstate 10 bridge stranded PNG in traffic, but PNG won the rematch, 43-40, on Dec. 27.
PNG or Ball will take on Houston Sharpstown or Richmond Foster.
Nederland (16-17, 5-7 in 21-5A) has made the postseason for the first time since 2000 as the fourth seed. The Bulldogs will face off against 22-5A champion Friendswood (22-7, 14-0 in 22-5A) at 6 tonight at Lee College, with the winner to take on Houston Northside or Manvel.
District 21-5A boys
Nederland (25-9, 10-1 in 21-5A) has an opportunity to win a share of the district championship with a victory against Barbers Hill (22-10, 7-4) tonight at the Dog Dome.
Nederland handed Memorial its only 21-5A loss of the season Friday, 46-43 in Port Arthur, but a Nederland loss will give the Titans the outright district crown.
Memorial has earned at least a share of the district title each of the last four years, while Nederland last won a district crown in 2012.
PNG (13-19, 4-7) faces a similar win-or-go home scenario to last year’s fourth-place tiebreaking victory.
The purple-and-white Indians must beat the red-and-white Cleveland Indians (10-11, 4-7) in tonight’s regular-season finale, as they did a year ago, to make a second straight trip to the playoffs.
Both of tonight’s boys games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.