Local schools set for showdown

San Bernardino Valley College and Chaffey will square off in a men’s and women’s twinbill on Wednesday at Chaffey, with the women tipping off at 5 p.m.

Both games will feature state-ranked teams jockeying for position in the Foothill Conference with four games left.

On the men’s side, SBVC (22-7, 9-1) has a one-game lead over Mt. San Jacinto, with Chaffey (23-5, 7-3) sitting in third. The No. 11 Wolverines have inexplicably dropped six places in the state poll despite not losing in that stretch. Chaffey is No. 13.

On the women’s side, No. 11 SBVC (19-8, 10-0) has a one-game lead on Antelope Valley, with No. 15 Chaffey (19-8, 6-4) tied for third.

SBVC has owned the rivalry as of late on both sides. Sue Crebbin’s Wolverines have won the past four meetings, with Chaffey’s last victory coming 50-49 the first of two times the teams played in the 2006-07 season.

The situation is the same on the men’s side, although the Panthers rallied from a 21-point deficit and forced overtime earlier this season.

“This is a big game for us,” Chaffey coach Jeff Klein said. “They are a very good team and I don’t know if they’ll lose one game, much less two. But we’re playing well right now.”