It won’t be easy, but nothing is suppose to be simple in regards to the postseason.
A trio of Mason County teams now know their respective postseason trails as the 2016 WVSSAC boys basketball tournament begins Monday in the Mountain State.
Point Pleasant (3-18) — the lone Class AAA program from Mason County — begins it tournament run on Monday night when the Big Blacks travel to Nitro for a play-in game at 7 p.m. PPHS has twice lost to Nitro during the regular season, but the Big Blacks will be aiming to make the third time a charm.
The winner of that contest moves on to the Region IV, Section 1 semifinal round and will travel to top-seeded Hurricane at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Winfield travels to Saint Albans that night in the other semifinal game that night.
Both Hannan (6-14) and Wahama (8-13) will face one another in the Class A Region IV, Section 2 tournament opener in Mason. The play-in contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Gary Clark Court.
The winner of that contest moves on to the Region IV, Section 2 semifinal round and will travel to Nitro High School to face top-seeded Huntington Saint Joseph at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Charleston Catholic and Buffalo play in the second semifinal that night at 8 p.m.
All teams reaching the sectional final game — both winners and runners-up — will appear in the regional tournament the following week, all with the hopes of advancing to the state tournament.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.