The No. 8 Pendleton Buckaroos will enjoy the home-court advantage after claiming the CRC title, and will host No. 9 Crescent Valley.
The Raiders (21-4 overall) are riding a seven-game win streak, but have little postseason experience to lean on.
Over the past four years, Crescent Valley has only had one playoff run and it was cut short by Hermiston in Round 1 of the 2014-15 season.
This year, the Raiders have been a dominant force with 13 of their 21 wins by a margin of 20 points or more — two of those wins were by 50 and 53 points.
They’ll be pitted against Pendleton’s experience roster of eight upperclassmen.
Last year, the Buckaroos (17-7) season came to an end in Warberg Court during Round 1 of the playoffs.
This year, the Bucks have yet to lose a game at home in the new year, and prior to their 43-36 loss in Hermiston, won nine straight.
Their season has been one of runs, as Pendleton won seven straight games throughout non-league play.
Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
No. 12 Hermiston at No. 5 Silverton — On Friday, No. 12 Hermiston will travel to Silverton to face the No. 5 Foxes, where the Bulldogs (14-11 overall) will have a tall task to take down the 2015 state champions.
The Foxes (21-5) followed up that season with another trip to the finals in 2016, and are looking for their first taste at the playoffs since then.
Silverton has held its opponents to as many as 52 points and as few as seven throughout its 21 wins.
The Bulldogs have finally found their rhythm late in the season, winning 10 of their last 12 games including four consecutive wins that was capped off by a 67-40 play-in victory over St. Helens.
Hermiston was booted out of the playoffs last year by a narrow 46-45 loss to Bend.
Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
After winning the Columbia River Conference for the first time in four years, the Hermiston Bulldogs were essentially waiting to see who they would host for Round 1 of the 5A OSAA playoffs.
More often than not, the winners of each conference will get home-court advantage unless that team falls outside of the top 16, which is what happened to Hermiston when the brackets were released Wednesday.
So now, the No. 15 seeded Bulldogs (12-11 overall) hit the road to face No. 2 Crater at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Comets (23-1) are nearly perfect on the season with their lone loss nearly two months behind them. Crater opened league play on Jan. 5 with against Springfield, where the Millers handed the Comets a 19-point loss, 64-45.
Of Craters 23 wins, only four have been decided by less than 10 points.
Hermiston enters the matchup on a five-game win streak — its longest of the season — and will be going up against a cast of seniors, two of whom stand at 6-foot-6.
No. 14 Pendleton at No. 3 Thurston — On Saturday, No. 14 Pendleton will play for its ticket into the quarterfinals. After the Buckaroos’ 60-39 victory over Putnam in a play-in game Wednesday, they just have to get through the next 32 minutes.
That’s the message head coach Kyle Tedder is sharing with his team in preparation for their postseason run.
“Our guys have been there, they know what it takes, they know what it feels like to be there and now it’s a matter of making it happen,” Tedder said after Wednesday’s game. “The end goal is to get to the tournament because anything can happen once you’re, and I think we’re good enough to beat any team.”
The Buckaroos (15-10 overall) will have their work cut out for them against the No. 3 Thurston Colts.
Their roster has the experience of six seniors, who are looking for redemption after getting bumped out of the playoffs with a Round 1 loss to Wilsonville last year.
After the Colts (18-6) dropped its final league game to Crater, 63-56, the Colts also had a monstrous win in their play-in game. They defeated Woodburn by 36 points, 79-43.
Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.