Everett Community College’s Derek Smith tries to spin out of trouble in the lane against Edmonds College on Feb. 7 at Seaview Gym in Lynnwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett Community College’s Derek Smith tries to spin out of trouble in the lane against Edmonds College on Feb. 7 at Seaview Gym in Lynnwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett men enter season finale on NWAC tournament bubble

Meanwhile, the Edmonds men and women are locked in to their seedings.

The Edmonds College men’s basketball team knows its fate. Everett Community College is hoping to determine its own.

The Northwest Athletic Conference hoops regular season concludes Wednesday night, and it’s possible both Edmonds and Everett will qualify for the NWAC tournament.

Edmonds (20-8 overall, 10-3 league), on the strength of an eight-game winning streak, has already clinched first place in the North Region to earn a No. 1 seed to the tournament, so Wednesday’s home game against Olympic won’t affect the Tritons’ status.

Everett (17-10, 7-6), however, has all kinds of possibilities. The Trojans head into their final game tied for third with Peninsula, with Whatcom and Shoreline one game back. Those four teams happen to square off Wednesday, with Everett at Whatcom and Peninsula at Shoreline, and only two of those teams will earn tournament berths. So:

— An Everett victory and a Peninsula loss means the Trojans are the No. 3 seed.

— An Everett victory and a Peninsula victory means the Trojans are No. 4 because the Pirates own the second tiebreaker, which is record against the North Region’s top team (Edmonds).

— An Everett loss and a Peninsula victory means the Trojans would be tied for fourth with Whatcom, necessitating a play-in game that would happen at Whatcom this weekend.

— An Everett loss and a Peninsula loss creates a four-way tie for third and the Trojans would be out, again based on the second tiebreaker which is record against the region’s top team.

But regardless of other results, for the Trojans it’s win and they’re in.

The women’s side is already set as Edmonds (17-7, 11-2) is locked into the North Region’s No. 2 seed, while Everett (10-17, 3-10) has been eliminated.

The NWAC tournaments begin next Wednesday at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, with the men’s round of 16 opening on Wednesday and the women’s round of 16 beginning the following Friday.

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