…. but three teams will battle Friday for the league’s other two automatic playoff spots.
For now, California (13-12, 6-3), which lost to Whittier by a point Wednesday night, is second.
Santa Fe (12-14, 5-4), which defeated Pioneer Wednesday night, is third.
La Serna (11-14, 4-5), a winner over El Rancho Wednesday night, is fourth.
California and Santa Fe play each other Friday night, and La Serna finishes the regular season against Pioneer.
A Santa Fe win over California would earn the Chiefs a tie for second and would end La Serna’s chances for the third automatic playoff spot.
If California defeats Santa Fe and La Serna gets by Pioneer, Santa Fe and La Serna would be tied for third, and according to the DRL tie-breaker, La Serna would get the third spot.
“I think we have a chance to draw into the playoffs without the automatic berth,” Santa Fe coach Matt Zamora said, “but I would rather do it the automatic way.”
Wednesday night’s victory was a big step in that direction.
Since Thursday is a furlough day, more on the scenario concerning the boys race on Friday morning.