HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Coin flip will decide berth
The Oahu Interscholastic Association will reveal today the official seedings for the playoffs, which is vital because there were ties on both sides of the Red Conference at the end of regular-season play. On the West side, Kapolei and Pearl City, both 1-11, share sixth place -- the final spot for a playoff berth. Because all other tiebreaker formulas are exhausted -- the two teams beat each other -- a coin flip during an athletic directors' meeting today is expected to break the tie.
"I'd rather play them again (in a tiebreaker game), but this is how league has always done it," Pearl City coach Lionel Villarmia said.
Kailua and Moanalua share second place in the East, but the Surfriders swept Na Menehune in their two games, and that solves that little mystery.
However, the final two berths in the East are harder to figure. Castle, Kahuku and Roosevelt finished at 3-9.
According to the league's tiebreaker formula, the combined win total of a team's opponents determines who has a higher place in the standings. By that formula, Kahuku has 16 "points," while Castle has 14 and Roosevelt 13. That would mean that Roosevelt is out of the playoff picture, unofficially.