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Tigers, Timberwolves open state playoffs


The rivals will clash Saturday if they both won on Wednesday

The rival Tigard and Tualatin high school boys basketball teams have faced off in some big games in the past.

But, going into Wednesday’s Class 6A state playoff first round games, there was a chance that the Tigers and Timberwolves could clash in maybe the biggest game of all between the rivals.

Tigard was scheduled to host Westview and Tualatin was slated to play at Central Catholic in Wednesday’s first round games. Results of those contests were not available when The Times went to press.

If the Tigers and Wolves both came away with wins on Wednesday, they’d meet up Saturday in a state playoff second round game at Tigard High School — with a berth in the Class 6A state tournament at stake.by: DAN BROOD - ONE MORE TIME? -- Tualatin senior Joey Fishback (left) and Tigard senior A.J. Hotchkins were in playoff action on Wednesday.

Tualatin, which tied McMinnville for the No. 2 spot in the final Pacific Conference standings, took an overall record of 14-10 into Wednesday’s game at Central Catholic. The Wolves also were at the No. 25 spot in the final OSAA power rankings.

Central Catholic, the Mt. Hood Conference champ and No. 8 team in the power rankings, was 15-9 on the season going into Wednesday’s game.

And, while Tualatin had to be considered the underdog in Wednesday’s game at Central Catholic, the Wolves had scored first-round state playoff road victories each of the past two seasons. The bested Barlow on the road in a first-round game two years ago and, last year, they shocked Sheldon on the road in a first-round contest.

Tigard, the Pacific Conference champion and No. 9 team in the final OSAA power rankings, had an overall record of 17-6 going into Wednesday’s playoff game. Westview, the No. 4 team out of the Metro League and No. 24 team in the power rankings, was 13-11 on the season going into Wednesday’s game.

If the Tigers and Central Catholic won on Wednesday, then the teams’ second-round playoff game would be held Saturday at Central Catholic High School.

If Tualatin and Westview were Wednesday’s victors, then those teams would play Saturday at Westview High.

The winner of Saturday’s second-round state playoff game will advance to the Class 6A state tournament, which starts next Thursday at the Moda Center.