CIF Boys Hoops: The need for seeds

March, 4, 2012
Here’s the second installment of posts in which we’ve made our recommendations for which boys teams should be seeded No. 1 in next week’s CIF regional playoffs. Check our page on Sunday night for reaction to all of the regional pairings.

Division I South: Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Obviously, whichever team won in the CIF Southern Section Div. 1AA final – either the Monarchs or Long Beach Poly – is going to start the regional-round of the state tournament as a top seed. Mater Dei won that game 63-59. Both coaches know that last year Mater Dei lost in the section playoffs, then bounced back to win the CIF state title. Long Beach Poly won the section, but lost in the regional final. Don’t forget about the CIFSS Div. 1AA semifinalists in this division, either. Etiwanda is 29-2 and Loyola of Los Angeles is 24-5. Their losses to Long Beach Poly and Mater Dei were by close enough margins that if either team made the regional final it would not be that big of an upset.

Division II South: Mayfair (Lakewood)
This is one of the tougher calls of the day for section commissioners. We like the Monsoons ahead of San Diego D2 champ La Costa Canyon, but it’s a close call to be sure. While LCC has a better record at 31-2 to 26-5 for Mayfair, keep in mind that at the Torrey Pines tourney Mayfair was in the so-called big boys division (National) while the Mavericks were in the American Division. Mayfair also has wins over two teams that are higher-ranked than any two teams LCC has beaten – Sheldon of Sacramento and Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. The Monsoons also beat Righetti of Santa Maria in the CIFSS Div. IIA final 60-45 compared to scores of 60-52 and 62-52 that were the scores of Righetti’s two losses to La Costa Canyon. Plus, one of Mayfair’s losses was by just 68-62 to defending D2 state champ Archbishop Mitty.

Division III North: Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco)
This pick is tricky because Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland has won two straight NorCal crowns in this division. The Dragons also won their 14th North Coast Section title with their 56-43 victory on Saturday against Campolindo of Moraga. Sacred Heart Cathedral was equally strong in winning the CCS championship over El Camino of South San Francisco 71-53. The reason the Irish are higher than O’Dowd in the state rankings is because one of O’Dowd’s losses is to Jesuit of Carmichael, which is a team SHC has defeated. Three of the Irish losses also are to defending D2 state champ Archbishop Mitty.

Division IV North: Salesian (Richmond)
The Pride have lost only to out-of-state teams at the City of Palms tourney in Florida and are the highest ranked team overall in Northern California (No. 23 in the FAB 50). They won their second straight North Coast Section D4 title Saturday with a 75-50 triumph over St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo. As tough as SoCal is in this division with so many good teams like Gardena Serra, La Verne Lutheran, Price, Crespi, Pacific Hills, etc., Salesian could still be better than any of them and is a heavy favorite to win a second straight NorCal crown.

Division V South: St. Bernard (Playa del Rey)
There isn’t much doubt about this choice, either. The Vikings, who lost to St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda in last year’s CIF D5 state final, won their CIFSS crown by dispatching Ribet Academy 81-67. While there are other teams in the division with superior records, none won in a bracket with other D5 teams like Ribet, Village Christian of Sun Valley and Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo who all played a number of top big schools and in some cases won.



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