League champs may have home games next season

It was sad to watch the Scappoose Indians lose last Saturday at North Bend. The Indians just weren't able to finish in the fashion their fans have come to expect.

Scappoose took a slim lead into the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs, but uncharacteristically would manage just four points in the last frame.

Some turnovers and missed shots in the closing minutes proved really costly. By the time the game got just past the four-minute mark Scappoose found itself down and North Bend went into a delay game.

The Indians were facing a guard-oriented team much like themselves and in the end it proved difficult for them to make a comeback.

Would it have been a different story if the game had been in Scappoose? Possibly. Coach Rahim Tufts said that if the two clubs played 10 times, he thought the Indians would win a majority of the match ups.

The game really should have been in Scappoose. As far as the state playoffs were concerned, the Indians' hard-won league championship meant exactly nothing. No home game. No seeding advantage.

Everything was based on the RPI, the ranking systems started two years ago.

There is an indication that this might change for next season, to guarantee league champions at least a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

There are some things to like about the ranking system currently in use, but others that we don't particularly like.

The 5A breaks up their entire class into a north and south division. They then play based on the rankings. St. Helens boys and girls both had to travel (Pendleton and Hermiston) for their play-in games. After those rounds, pairings are made among the remaining teams (lowest at highest-such as No. 32 vs. No. 1). It's better, but league champions should also be guaranteed a home game.

In the 4A, Seaside had a slightly better record and ranking than Scappoose. Both won home play-in games, but the league runner-up got to host a game, while Scappoose was on the road.

I got asked the question last week: If Scappoose won their league title, why are they going to North Bend? It took me about a half-hour to explain. Anything that takes that long to explain is too complicated. The simple

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