There’s just one week remaining in the boys’ high school basketball season and teams still are fighting for playoff spots and postseason seeding.
Competition in District 24-5A wraps up Tuesday with three games, but the league champion already has been decided.
Clear Brook (10-2) has completed its regular season and secured the district title. Sitting in second place is Clear Falls (8-3), with Clear Lake (7-4) in third. Those two teams also have clinched a spot in the postseason but they could switch playoff seeding depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s game between the squads.
A home win by Clear Falls would give the Knights the No. 2 playoff seed. A victory by Clear Lake would split the season series and force a complicated tiebreaker, where power rankings are determined within district play.
Tied for the fourth and final playoff spot are Clear Springs and Brazoswood, both at 5-6. On Tuesday, Clear Springs plays at Dickinson (1-10), and Brazoswood travels to Clear Creek (3-8). Clear Springs and Brazoswood split their season series, each winning on the road, so if those squads finish with the same record, the power ranking will determine who gets the final playoff berth.
First-place Dawson (11-1), second-place Friendswood (10-2) and third-place Texas City (8-4) will advance to the playoffs from District 24-4A.
With two games remaining against last-place Santa Fe (1-11) and seventh-place Galena Park (3-9), Dawson has the inside track on the district title and top seed. Friendswood has a firm hold on second place, and Texas City should finish no less than third.
In a fight for fourth place and the last postseason berth are Ball High (6-6) and Goose Creek Memorial (5-7).
Ball High holds the advantage in the playoff race even though the teams split the season series. The Tors play at home against Friendswood on Tuesday and end the regular season at sixth-place Baytown Lee (4-8) on Friday. If Ball High wins just one of its final two games, or if Goose Creek loses at Santa Fe or at Texas City, the Tors should hold the edge in the district’s tiebreaker that awards higher points for wins against teams that finish higher in the standings.
La Marque (9-0) has made a mark in its first year of District 24-3A play. The Cougars have yet to lose in league, have clinched at least a share of the district title and have secured a playoff berth.
On Tuesday, La Marque hosts second-place Stafford (8-1) in the final game of the regular season. A win by the Cougars would give them the 24-3A crown outright and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Only the top three district finishers in Class 3A and below advance to the postseason.
Stafford has a playoff berth in hand, and Columbia and KIPP Academy are tied for third going into the season finale.
Hitchcock (9-2) has a playoff berth wrapped up from District 26-2A going into its finale Tuesday at Rice Consolidated, where a win would secure second place.
The Dawgs have an extreme outside shot of sharing the district title with Van Vleck (10-1) if the Leopards are upset at home by Boling and Hitchcock wins its last game.
Danbury (8-3) is in the playoffs and would need to win its final game at home against East Bernard and for Hitchcock to lose Tuesday to move into a tie with the Dawgs for second place.
District 26-A Division II
Premier Learning Academy and Leggett are tied for first in District 26-A Div. II with 10-1 records. The teams split the season series and if they both win their finale Tuesday, they’ll battle again as co-district champs for the top playoff seed and a first-round bye.
Premier Learning Academy faces High Island on Tuesday at home in La Marque.
Spurger (7-4) has secured third place.
Boys basketball rankings
Clear Brook 10-2
Clear Falls 8-3
Clear Lake 7-4
Clear Springs 5-6
Clear Creek 3-8
Texas City 8-4
Ball High 6-6
Goose Creek 5-7
Baytown Lee 4-8
Galena Park 3-9
Santa Fe 1-11