Edmonds CC men get tough draw for NWAC Tournament

Everett Community College will host the men’s and women’s championships beginning Thursday.

The Edmonds Community College men’s basketball team received a challenging draw for the 2019 Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, which begins this week at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center on the campus of Everett Community College.

Not only did the Tritons draw the 8 a.m. game in Thursday’s round of 16, they are in perhaps the toughest four-team bracket. Edmonds (10-4 league, 19-9 overall), the No. 2 seed from the North Region, faces West Region No. 3 Centralia (9-5, 19-10) in the first round. The teams split their two meetings during the regular season. Should the Tritons survive that game they will face the winner between East No. 1 North Idaho (16-0, 27-2), the overwhelming favorite to repeat as NWAC champion, and South No. 4 Clackamas (10-6, 20-8) at 1 p.m. on Friday. All four teams at least received votes in the latest NWAC coaches poll, and all four are in the top eight in the RPI rankings.

North Region champ Everett (14-0, 22-7) drew the 8 p.m. game Thursday, where the Trojans will face West No. 4 Lower Columbia (8-6, 18-10). If Everett wins that game the Trojans will face the winner between East No. 2 Walla Walla (13-3, 19-10) and South No. 3 Chemeketa (12-4, 18-8) on Friday at 7 p.m.

The semifinals and finals are March 16-17, also at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center.

The NWAC Women’s Basketball Championship round of 16 and quarterfinals take place Saturday and Sunday, and the semifinals and finals are March 16-17, with all games at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center. Neither Edmonds nor Everett qualified for the women’s tournament.

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