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SSC changes its tiebreaker plan for postseason

The Southern Sky Conference has changed the way it determines postseason tiebreakers, going from a coin flip to the Azzi Plan in the wake of an unfortunate situation last season.

A year ago, Crater, Klamath Union and Ashland were conference co-champions, but only two could advance to the Class 5A state playoffs. A coin flip made Crater the No. 1 seed, Klamath Union the No. 2 seed and left Ashland on the outside looking in.

The Azzi Plan takes into account margin of victory.

It will be used in the event of a tie, or multiple ties, to determine league ranking and playoff position when head-to-head competition can't be used.

During each conference game, teams may accumulate up to 14 plus or minus points. If team A beats team B, 24-10, Team A receives plus 14 Azzi points, and Team B gets minus 14.

There is no advantage to beating a team by more than 14 points.

The team with the highest number of Azzi points, with regard to common opponents that are playoff eligible, are awarded the higher playoff position.

Teams not in the playoff picture won't be used for Azzi points.

If a tie still exists, the team that allows the fewest points per game to common opponents gets the higher ranking.