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Boys basketball playoff picture comes into focus

A wild night in the Northwest League on Thursday helped shake out most of the Southern Nevada Class 4A boys basketball playoff picture.

Mojave’s win over Cheyenne, coupled with Palo Verde’s win over Legacy, bumped Cheyenne out of the top spot in the Northwest.

Instead, Palo Verde claimed the league’s top seed in a tiebreaker. Also, Centennial downed Arbor View to nose out Legacy for the league’s final spot.

Both Palo Verde and Cheyenne finished 12-2 in league play and split their season series.

The second tiebreaker is beaten opponents, but both Palo and Cheyenne split with Mojave and swept the rest of the league.

The third tiebreaker is the second meeting between the teams. Palo Verde beat Cheyenne in the second meeting, giving Palo Verde the tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed.

Mojave is the No. 3 seed at 9-5.

Centennial and Legacy tied for fourth at 7-7 and split their season series.

Centennial’s regular-season sweep of Mojave gave it the edge in the beaten opponents tiebreaker and the No. 4 seed.

Sunset Region Quarterfinal Pairings:
Centennial at Bishop Gorman
Mojave at Durango
Sierra Vista at Cheyenne
Western or Desert Oasis at Palo Verde
Western will earn the playoff spot if it beats Clark on Friday or if Desert Oasis loses to Bishop Gorman.

SUNRISE REGION

In the Southeast League, Foothill and Silverado won Thursday and finished tied at 12-2.

The teams split regular-season meetings, but Foothill won the tiebreaker on beaten opponents points.

Foothill swept third-place Liberty and beat fourth-place Coronado once. Silverado beat Liberty only once and swept Coronado.

Foothill claimed the No. 1 seed. Silverado is the No. 2 seed.

Liberty (10-4) is the No. 3 seed, followed by Coronado (8-6).

Sunrise Region Quarterfinal Pairings:
Coronado at Desert Pines
Liberty at Eldorado
Canyon Springs at Silverado
Las Vegas at Foothill

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