Two roadblocks stand between IHS and the SJBL

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Two roadblocks stand between IHS and the SJBL

If the Bobcats can stop the Mavericks’ aces, then they’ll win league
IHS boys lose without even playing

The Ignacio High School boys basketball boys team will lose Saturday before the Bobcats even can lace up their sneakers.

In fact, they can’t even walk onto their home court in the game scheduled against Norwood on Saturday without violating CHSAA rules and barring themselves from the postseason.

“It’s going to be pretty simple,” IHS head coach Chris Valdez said Friday. “We’re going to forfeit.”

Earlier in the season, the Bobcats’ junior varsity team played league opponent Dove Creek’s varsity and won. Ignacio didn’t plan on counting the game toward its varsity record, as both teams were unaware at the time that the state rules require all league games count toward the varsity squad’s total.

Taking the floor against Norwood on Saturday would put the Bobcats over CHSAA’s limit on varsity games in a season, keeping the Bobcats from postseason eligibility.

The forfeit counts as a loss against Ignacio’s record, leaving the Bobcats with a regular-season record of 15-5 overall, 6-2 in the San Juan Basin League. They fall below Dolores (7-1) and Telluride (6-1) in the SJBL standings into third place.

So, now the Bobcats will have to play a pigtail game against the lowest seed in the district – likely Nucla, which Ignacio beat 79-14 earlier in the month – at 6 p.m. Tuesday at IHS to earn a berth into the state tournament.

heraldsports@durangoherald.com

Two roadblocks stand between IHS and the SJBL

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