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What's at stake on the final night of the season?

We've arrived at the final game of the regular season, and there's still a lot to determine.


Several league titles hang in the balance, as does coveted playoff seeding.


Let's explore some of the questions remaining on the eve of the playoffs.




Torrey Pines looks to lock up 4th seed in Open Division

For much of the season, Torrey Pines has been locked in at the 4 seed in the Open Division bracket behind Carlsbad, St. Augustine and Montgomery. However, Saturday's stunning blowout loss to Montgomery and La Costa Canyon's strong win over Santa Fe Christian - both games at the Battle at the Bay Showcase - have tossed a drop of uncertainty into the race for No. 4. But will all be decided on the floor, as Torrey Pines travels to La Costa Canyon for the Coastal League finale.


We know one thing for certain - A Torrey Pines win clinches them the 4 seed and a second place league finish behind Carlsbad. A Mavericks win will edge them a bit closer to the 4 seed, but they would need help from the computers to clear the Falcons. I don't think it's likely, but I've been wrong before.


Either way, it douses gasoline on the fire that is one of the most heated rivalries in California, one that was decided in overtime when the teams faced off in January.



Santa Fe Christian, La Jolla Country Day, look to retain share of Coastal

If the Eagles and Torreys win their Friday matchups, they will split the Coastal League title for the second straight year (last season, the teams split the regular season title, but the Torreys won the inaugural - and apparently, final - postseason tournament).


But those wins are far from locks.


The Eagles have to face a competitive Francis Parker team at the Linda Vista campus, and star guard Brycen Mackenzie's availability is in question after missing the team's game against Bishop's on Tuesday with the flu.


The Torreys travel to Bishop's, where the Knights are also looking to play spoiler after giving SFC all it could handle earlier this week in a 68-59 loss.


Santa Fe Christian is also trying to find their way back into the Open Division, after dropping to 9th overall in Division 1 following Cathedral Catholic's victory over Victory Christian earlier this week. If both teams win, the Dons will hold off the Eagles.



Vista looks for Avocado split

Vista and Rancho Buena Vista's rivalry is among the most intense in the region. Tonight, that rivalry gets ratcheted up multiple notches as the Avocado League title will be decided.


With a win, the Longhorns will win it outright, but the Panthers will earn a share of the title if they hold serve at home.


RBV beat Vista in their earlier matchup 74-68 in a game that was in the balance for most of the affair. Expect nothing less here.

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