Playoff picture clearing up

By on January 29, 2014

It’s looking more and more as if we’ll have two local teams participating in the L-L basketball playoffs, which begin the week of February 10.

The boys side is most interesting, where Ephrata and Cocalico are duking it out for the second and final playoff spot allotted to Section Two.

Ephrata (6-6) holds a slight half-game lead over the Eagles (6-7) heading into tonight’s crucial game at E-town. Looks like we could possibly be in for a winner-take-all kind of match-up Monday night in Denver.

Sounds like fun!

In girls’ action, Cocalico took a big step toward clinching at least second place and a playoff spot in Section Two with Tuesday’s huge win over CV. Sure there is still work to do but the Lady Eagles appear headed to the post season.

They also, incidentally, aren’t out of the race for the section title. While they trail Lebanon by two full games with three to play, those two face each other Friday in Lebanon, and both still have to play Ephrata, which looks to be in spoiler mode at this point.

The L-L playoffs get underway Monday February 10 with first round girls action on tap. The Section Two champion will host the Section Four runner-up while the Section two second place team will travel to the Section Four champion.

The girls semifinals are Wed., Feb. 12 (neutral site) with the finals set for Friday, Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) at Manheim Township.

On the boys’ side, first round match-ups are the same as the Section two second-place team will travel to the Section Four champ while the Section Two champ hosts the Section Four runner-up.

Boys’ action gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 11. The semifinals will be played at a neutral site Thursday, Feb. 13, with the finals to be held Saturday, Feb. 15 (1 p.m.) at Manheim Township.

As for Districts, the only local squad that looks to be going is the Cocalico girls. The Lady Eagles were rated 13th prior to Tuesday’s win over CV.

Super Bowl: Hate the location, but I’m excited to see how this one plays out since you have the best offense (Denver) against the league’s stingiest defense (Seattle).

I’m of the belief that the Super Bowl should be played in perfect conditions, that way the weather wouldn’t be an issue and a true champion can be crowned.

Hopefully this is a one-time deal.

As for the match-up itself, I’ve been going back and forth on this one. At first glance, Denver was my pick based on the fact that no one has really shutdown Peyton Manning and that offense. And if they score 35, I couldn’t see Seattle being able to do the same.

However, after looking at it over the last few days, I think I’m going to go with Seattle. Number one, that defense is really good. If they force a couple turnovers, which I believe they will, the Seahawks can win.

Also, I’m not sure Denver can stop Seattle’s running game. Love Marshawn Lynch’s motor when he gets going.

I’d love to see Denver win and Manning tie brother Eli with his second championship. However, I don’t believe it’s going to happen.

Seattle 24, Denver 21.

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