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HOOPS: Southern Arizona Playoff Picture

The Tucson girls have claimed the 6A Sub-Region. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

BOYS

6A Southern

No. 28 Tucson can win the Tucson Sub-Region if the Badgers can beat No. 25 Rincon/University on Jan. 31. All three of the Yuma Sub-Region teas are ranked 34th and lower so the winner of the Southern Region will knock another team out of the playoffs.

No. 18 Sunnyside can still win the region but the Blue Devils are hoping to stay in the top 24 regardless.

5A Sonoran

Still too early to call but No. 7 Cholla is in the driver’s seat. Oddly, No. 30 Poston Butte, No. 34 Flowing Wells and No. 35 Marana still have a shot at the automatic berth.

5A. Southern

No. 4 Buena, No. 6 Cienega and No. 14 Mountain View are still in the title hunt. No. 17 has a slim shot but the Cougars are looking to improve playoff position down the stretch. No. 23 Ironwood Ridge is living on the edge.

The Nighthawks are hoping Cholla wins their region otherwise the top 23 becomes the target cutoff.

4A Kino

No. 3 Salpointe, No. 7 Catalina Foothills, No. 12 Walden Grove and No. 19 Nogales still have region hopes but Walden Grove and Nogales are looking to stay in the top 16 regardless.

4A Gila

No. 6 Rio Rico controls their own destiny but No. 28 Palo Verde, No. 29 Pueblo and No. 37 Amphitheater can still win the region.

3A South

The top three teams will qualify for the 24-team bracket. No. 16 Sabino, No. 19 Tanque Verde, No. 22 Santa Rita, No. 24 Empire and No. 25 Pusch Ridge are still alive.

2A South

No. 5 St. Augustine and No. 30 Desert Christian can still catch No. 2 San Carlos. The second-place team goes to the play-in bracket.

2A East

No. 21 Willcox and No. 27 Bisbee are fighting for a play-in spot.

1A South

The top two teams are in. No. 1 The Gregory School, No. 2 Baboquivari, No. 6 St. David, No.9 Patagonia and No. 14 Immaculate Heart are fighting for those two spots.

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GIRLS

6A Southern

No. 5 Tucson won the Tucson Sub-Region. (Even if No. 20 Rincon/University splits with them, the Badgers have a better conference record.)

5A Sonoran

No. 4 Marana is leading the pack but No. 22 Flowing Wells still has a shot.

5A Southern

No. 7 Cienega, No. 9 Ironwood Ridge, No. 15 Mountain View and No. 16 Sahuaro can still win the region. No. 24 Buena needs to move up.

4A Kino

No. 10 Canyon del Oro controls the region but No 21 Walden Grove still has a shot. No. 26 Catalina Foothills and No. 28 Salpointe also have an outside shot at the region title. Only 16 teams get in.

4A Gila

No. 5 Pueblo is in charge. No. 16 Rio Rico can still win the region but a few wins might protect their playoff chances.

3A South

No. 4 Pusch Ridge, No. 9 Tanque Verde and No. 20 Empire look to finish in the top three.

2A South

No. 29 Desert Christian is playing for the second-place spot in the region which means a play-in berth.

2A East

No. 21 Benson is still in the hunt.

1A South

No. 3 St. David, No. 4 The Gregory School, No. 8 Immaculate Heart and No. 12 Baboquivari appear to be safe.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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