Four teams scrap for final 6-5A playoff berths

Four District 6-5A boys basketball teams are competing for the final two playoff berths with two dates remaining in the regular season.

Richland and Colleyville Heritage have wrapped up the top spots, leaving Irving Nimitz, Irving MacArthur, Euless Trinity and Grapevine to scrap for the final two postseason passes.

Here’s a look at the teams remaining in the race for the final two playoff spots:

*Nimitz (8-6 in 6-5A), the surprise team under first-year head coach Joel Donalson, is in third place with two games remaining, at first-place Richland on Friday and home to last-place Irving on Tuesday. One win assures Nimitz of third place. Should Nimitz finish in a tie in the standings with MacArthur or Trinity, Nimitz owns the tiebreaker advantage, having swept both in head-to-head play.

*Fourth-place MacArthur (7-7), finishes against the two teams immediately below in the standings, hosting sixth-place Grapevine on Friday and visiting fifth-place Trinity on Tuesday. MacArthur posted two-point wins over Grapevine and Trinity in the first round of district games. Two MacArthur wins assure the Cardinals a playoff berth. They can also wrap up a spot with a loss to Grapevine and a win over Trinity, providing Grapevine loses to Richland in the season finale.

*Trinity (7-8), currently in fifth place, is open on Friday and finishes with a home game against MacArthur on Tuesday, a game it must win to have a shot at going forward. Trinity remained in the playoff hunt with a 53-43 win over Grapevine on Tuesday.

*Grapevine (6-8), lodged in sixth, plays at MacArthur on Friday and finishes at home against first-place Richland. It will have to win both to have a crack at the playoffs because Nimitz already has eight wins and the Trinity-MacArthur winner is assured of eight wins, as well. Grapevine was swept in the season series with Trinity, split with Nimitz and lost the first encounter to MacArthur.