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Home win sets Deer on verge of a playoff spot

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park boys basketball team’s roll toward a playoff berth continued with a 58-54 home victory over Pasadena Memorial Friday night. With the victory, the Deer are set for a "win and you’re in" game on the road Tuesday against Beaumont West Brook in the regular season finale.

A few weeks ago, the Deer boys basketball team saw its playoff hopes as a flickering light as it struggled through a very competitive District 22-6A. Today, that light is shining bright after a 58-54 win over Pasadena Memorial Friday night in the team’s home finale. The Deer travel east to Beaumont to take on West Brook.

Tristan Ikpe led the Deer with 15 points and eight rebounds while Dylan Bradshaw check in with 11 points. Tyler Kent finished with seven boards in a game where the lead changed hands several times in the second half.

"We should not be surprised that any game is this difficult," said Darren Chandler, Deer head coach. "Every game has been like this in district has gone like this."

Chandler complimented his senior leadership own the floor when the score tightened late in the game.

"They were solid for us tonight. We’ve played in a lot of big games lately, so we have to calm down and keep working. The seniors did a great job of that tonight. I think at times that we wanted to win so badly that we got away from things that we normally do well," Chandler said. "But at the end, we did those things just well enough."

Next up for the Deer is the regular season finale at Beaumont West Brook.

Deer Park’s playoff scenario is simple. The team is 6-7 and a win puts the team at 7-7 and into the post season. It also eliminates the loser of Tuesday’s Sam Rayburn at La Porte game. Both of those teams also have 6-7 records.

However, if Deer Park loses, it will create a tie for the fourth playoff spot with the loser of the Texans-Bulldogs game. In this scenario, the Deer will be forced to play a play-in game on Friday for the fourth spot in the playoffs.

There is also a third playoff possibility under this scenario. If Deer Park loses and Pasadena upsets first-place South Houston on the road Tuesday night, it will create a three-way tie for the fourth playoff spot between the Deer, the Eagles and the loser of the Texans-Bulldogs game.

Should this occur, the Deer, Eagles and the third team would flip coins to determine a first, second and third position. The team that wins the first spot receives a bye while the second and third teams play each other Friday. The winner of that game will play the team that had the bye in a playoff game on Saturday. The winner of this final game will earn District 22-6A’s fourth and final playoff berth.