No matter how teams fare on Wednesday, they will return to action on Thursday. Such clarification was learned Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before the opening round of the double-elimination, four-team regional tournaments were scheduled to get underway.
Hereâ€™s how the playoff schedule shakes down from Wednesday until the conclusion of the first round:
Thursday: Winners play at higher seed; loser play at higher seed.
Friday: Team that won 2 games is off. Teams remaining play at higher seed.
Saturday: Team that is undefeated is home team vs. Team with 1 loss.
Sunday (if day): If team with one loss beats team with no losses game with be at team that won on Saturday.
Weâ€™ll use Lincoln High to demonstrate how this process works. If Lincoln defeats Cranston East Wednesday, it would then turn around and host the survivor of Cranston East-St. Raphael, the other two teams in the region. A win Thursday would mean the Lions have Friday off and play next on Saturday; a loss means they would be fighting for their postseason lives on Friday.
It may seem a tad confusing, but as we wrote in Wednesdayâ€™s edition, the key to smoothly navigating this opening round is to avoid falling into the losersâ€™ bracket on Day 1.