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Playoff Scenarios for the PGCBL

07/31/2017 10:33 AM -

By Tim Hansen | Albany Dutchmen

With the playoffs approaching, there is still a lot to be determined for seeding within both divisions. With so many possible scenarios, let’s take a look at how the regular season could play out for each team, and what that may mean for their playoff picture.

Playoff Format

Top four teams from each division advance into the playoffs

Division Semifinals: Tuesday, August 1 (one-game playoff)
No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed
No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed

Division Finals: Wednesday, August 2, through Friday, August 4 (best-of-three series)
Winners of first round matchup in each division play each other

League Finals: Sunday, August 6, through Tuesday, August 8 (best-of-three series)
Winners of division finals will face off for the PGCBL Championship

East Division

Amsterdam Mohawks
Record: 35-12
Current Seed: No. 1
Games Back: n/a

Remaining Games
7/31 at Glens Falls - 7:00 p.m

Amsterdam has clinched the first seed in the East Division. In doing so, it will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Mohawks will host the fourth-seeded Saugerties Stallions in the first round and with a win, they advance to play the winner of the two-vs-three matchup in a best-of-three series.

Albany Dutchmen
Record: 31-16
Current Seed: No. 2
Games Back: 4

Remaining Games
7/31 at Mohawk Valley (Continuation game from 7/26, Albany leads 7-1) - 5:05 p.m.
7/31 at Mohawk Valley - 7:05 p.m.

Albany has clinched a top-three seed in the East Division. The two games against Mohawk Valley will decide which team will receive the No. 2 seed and which team will receive the No. 3 seed. One win by the Dutchmen will clinch the No. 2 seed in the East Division and they'll host Mohawk Valley in the first round of the playoffs

Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
Record: 29-16
Current Seed: No. 3
Games Back: 5

Remaining Games
7/31 vs. Albany (Continuation game from 7/26, Albany leads 7-1) - 5:05 p.m.
7/31 vs. Albany - 7:05 p.m.

Mohawk Valley has clinched a top-three seed in the East Division. Its two contests against the Albany Dutchmen will determine if they can reach the No. 2 seed and have the ability to host the first round of the playoffs. If Mohawk Valley wins both games on July 31, it will clinch the No. 2 seed in the East Division and will host Albany in the first round of the playoffs. If the DiamondDawgs to not win both games againt Albany, they will clinch the No. 3 seed in the East Division and Albany will be the host in the first round of the playoffs.

Saugerties Stallions
Record: 20-28
Current Seed: No. 4
Games Back: 15.5

Remaining Games
n/a

Due to cancellations and suspensions, Utica is unable to catch up to Saugerties, as both fall short of playing all 50 games on their schedule. This causes Saugerties to be locked into the No. 4 in the East Division and they will play the Amsterdam Mohawks on Tuesday, August 1, at Shuttleworth Park. The winner of the matchup will face the winner of the two-vs.-three matchup in a best of three series.

Teams Eliminated from Playoff Contention:
Utica Blue Sox - 18-30, 17.5 GB
Glens Falls Dragons - 17-32, 19 GB
Oneonta Outlaws - 14-30, 19.5 GB

West Division

Jamestown Jammers
Record: 33-15
Current Seed: No. 1
Games Back: n/a

Remaining Games
7/31 vs. Onondaga - 7:05 p.m.

Jamestown has clinched the No. 1 seed in the West Division. Due to this, they will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They will host the fourth-seeded Onondaga Flames in the first round and with a win they will play the winner of the two-vs-three matchup in a best-of-three series.

Geneva Red Wings
Record: 28-21
Current Seed: No. 2
Games Back: 5.5

Remaining Games
7/31 vs. Elmira - 7:05 p.m.

Geneva has clinched a top-three seed in the West Division and it comes down to its last game to decide whether or not the Red Wings will host the first round of the playoffs. They take on Elmira, who stands one-game back of them in the standings. The season series is tied at four a piece. If Geneva beats Elmira, then the Red Wings will clinch the No. 2 and host the Pioneers in the first round of the playoffs. If Geneva loses to Elmira, then the two will be tied at 28-21 and the Pios will earn the No. 2 seed by winning the season series 5-4.

Elmira Pioneers
Record: 27-22
Current Seed: No. 3
Games Back: 6.5

Remaining Games
7/31 at Geneva - 7:05 p.m.

Elmira has clinched a top-three seed in the West Division and will face off against Geneva to decide who will clinch the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds. The Pioneers and Red Wings will play each other in the first round of the playoffs, but if Elmira beats Geneva on Monday, then the Pios will earn the No. two seed virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Geneva would then get the No. 3 seed. If the Pios lose to Geneva, then the Red Wings will clinch the No. 2 seed and host Elmira in the first round of the playoffs.

Onondaga Flames
Record: 23-25
Current Seed: No. 4
Games Back: 10.0

Remaining Games
7/31 at Jamestown - 7:05 p.m.

Onondaga has clinched the No. 4 seed in the West Division and travel to Jamestown to play against the Jammers in the first round of the playoffs. The winner of the first round will take on the winner of the two-vs.-three matchup in a best-of-three series.

Teams Eliminated from Playoff Contention:
Newark Pilots - 19-31, 15.0 GB
Adirondack Trail Blazers - 16-32, 17.0 GB



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