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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Boys are expected to land six teams in the 6A bracket, while four qualifiers are likely on the girls side

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow is the front-runner for the MHC boys title with two games to go.

BOYS

Barlow Bruins (16-6) — The Bruins claim the Mount Hood Conference title with one more win, due to holding a season sweep over second-place Clackamas. Of greater impact, Barlow enters tonight at No. 8 in the 6A rankings and would likely need two wins to hold that spot and ensure home-court games leading up to the Chiles Center.

Remaining schedule: vs. David Douglas and vs. Sandy

Clackamas (17-5) — The Cavaliers only path to the league title is two win its remaining two games, while Barlow loses its final two. Regardless, the No. 5-ranked Cavaliers are in position for a favorable draw in the 6A bracket.

Remaining schedule: vs. Gresham; vs. Reynolds

Central Catholic (15-7) — Despite sitting third in the Mount Hood standings with four league losses, the Rams are the highest ranked team out of the MHC at No. 2 in the 6A list. Finishing against the bottom two teams in the league could drop Central slightly based on strength-of-schedule, but the Rams should remain in position for a first-round mismatch.

Remaining schedule: vs. Reynolds; @ Centennial

David Douglas (12-10) — The Scots are in line to be the MHC's first wildcard team and could boost themselves into a first-round home game if they can pull off wins in their final two games.

Remaining schedule: @ Barlow; vs. Gresham's

Gresham Gophers (15-7) — The Gophers should have no trouble landing a wildcard spot, thanks in large part to its 9-1 early-season record. Gresham could push itself up the rankings with a pair of road wins, which are weighted more heavily in the ranking formula.

Remaining schedule: @ Clackamas; @ David Douglas

Sandy Pioneers (11-12) — The Pioneers are in position to collect the final wildcard spot into the 6A bracket, but their playoff fate may come down to its season finale at league-leading Barlow. Cleveland and Roosevelt out of the PIL are the teams next in line to take Sandy's wildcard spot.

Remaining schedule: vs. Centennial; @ Barlow


PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Home wins in their final two games may be enough to keep Barlow on its home court for the start of the 6A girls playoffs.

GIRLS

Barlow Bruins (17-5) — The Bruins claim the Mount Hood title with wins in their last two based on sweeping the season series against Central Catholic. Back-to-back wins are also important with the Bruins needing to climb three spots in the rankings to land a home game in the first round.

Remaining schedule: vs. David Douglas and vs. Sandy

Central Catholic (14-8) — Should the Bruins stumble down the stretch, Central is in solid position to move alone into first place. Finishing against a pair of bottom-tier teams means the Rams won't be climbing the rankings much if at all.

Remaining schedule: vs. Reynolds; @ Centennial

Clackamas (12-10) — The Cavaliers sit at No. 24 in the rankings and while they should win their last two games handily, playing at home against bottom-tier opponents will do little to boost their ranking. Clackamas is likely to be facing a top-10 foe on the road in the first round.

Remaining schedule: vs. Gresham; vs. Reynolds

David Douglas (13-9) — The Scots were the last team into the bracket each of the past two years, but have more wiggle room this season. David Douglas is ranked No. 27, which puts them ahead of five teams in the wildcard mix. The Scots could climb with a road win against Barlow tonight.

Remaining schedule: @ Barlow; vs. Gresham


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