Could Southern California's toughest league playoff berths be determined by coin flip?

Could Southern California's toughest league playoff berths be determined by coin flip?

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Could Southern California's toughest league playoff berths be determined by coin flip?

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Traffic reporters in Los Angeles are busy people. Come Friday night, the Trinity League playoff race might need a traffic reporter to describe what could be a five-team pileup for second place in Southern California’s toughest league.

Let’s start with the big picture. Nationally ranked St. John Bosco clinched its fourth consecutive league title last week, which gives the Braves one of the league’s three guaranteed CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 playoff spots.

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Now here’s where it gets interesting.  If, Bosco beats Servite, and if Santa Margarita beats Mater Dei and if JSerra beats Orange Lutheran, there will be a five-way tie for second place with each team owning 2-3 league records.

Trinity League        
Team League   Overall  
  W L W L
St. John Bosco 4 0 9 0
Mater Dei 2 2 7 2
Orange Lutheran 2 2 5 4
Servite 2 2 4 5
Santa Margarita 1 3 5 4
JSerra 1 3 6 3

So how do you break a five-way tie?

Coin flips!

How many coin flips?

So many that the flipper might get a sore thumb.

What we do know right now —  the top three teams from the Trinity League are guaranteed Pac-5 playoff spots.  There are two at-large berths in the Pac-5, which means the #4 and #5 teams could still make the postseason, if the coin flips in their favor.  The last two years, the Trinity’s fourth place team has been given an at-large invitation.

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