For the first time since the inception of the Central Valley Conference basketball tournaments, South Salem will host the final day of the tournaments for boys and girls.
The boys play Wednesday when No. 3-ranked South Salem (21-3) plays McKay (14-10) in the 8 p.m. championship game.
The Saxons won both times the teams played this season, but McKay is the only team this season to keep South Salem under 63 points in a game the first time they played this season in a 45-43 game.
“Definitely this is what we wanted to strive for,” South Salem coach Tyler Allen said. “It’s another step closer to obtaining our second goal of the season, and we think they’re going to give us the best shot of the six teams in the league, and so of course we wanted to see them.
“I think the second game we played them was a little bit of a fluke, the first game was a little more realistic of what we’re going to see come Wednesday night. I hope both teams bring it. It’s going to be exciting basketball, exciting environment. Hat’s off to (McKay coach Dean Sanderson) what he’s doing out there, and it should be a good game of basketball.”
South Salem and McKay both have clinched berths in the March 5 first round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs.
In the third place game McNary (13-12) plays West Salem (8-14) at 6 p.m. The winner goes into the state playoffs while the loser plays in Saturday’s play-in round.
In the fifth place game North Salem (12-12) plays Sprague (7-17) at 4 p.m.
The girls play today with No. 9-ranked South Salem (19-5) hosting McNary (13-12) in the 8 p.m. championship game. Both teams have clinched spots in the March 4 first round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs.
West Salem (12-11) plays McKay (13-12) in the third place game at 6 p.m. The winner of that game gets an automatic berth in the 6A state playoffs while the loser plays in Friday’s play-in round.
North Salem (4-18) plays Sprague (5-19) for fifth place at 4 p.m. Both teams will next play in Friday’s play-in round.