Cal-Hi Sports gives a quick analysis of the boys' basketball regional pairings in all five CIF divisions for the North and South. Check back later Sunday evening for reactions to girls' regional brackets.
North: De La Salle was the easy pick for the top seed here after capturing its 10th North Coast Section championship on Friday with a 54-31 win over Deer Valley of Antioch. The surprise in this bracket was ten-loss Oakland Athletic League champ McClymonds being named the No. 3 seed behind state-ranked Sheldon of Sacramento and in front of Jesuit of Carmichael, which lost to Sheldon in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I title game. In this division, being a section champ was a bigger factor than in Division I South.
South: As expected, state No. 1 Mater Dei earned the top seed after capturing its 21st section title in school history with a 63-59 win over state No. 2 Long Beach Poly. The Jackrabbits did earn the number two seed while Etiwanda, which lost to Long Beach Poly in the section semifinals, had to settle for a No. 5 seed behind L.A. City Section Division I champ Taft and fellow section semifinalist Loyola. That means Loyola and Etiwanda will likely face off in a monster second round game on Saturday.
North: Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, the top ranked Division II team in the state, was an easy pick for the CIF section commissioners after winning its third straight CCS Division II championship with a 54-49 win over Serra of San Mateo. Despite winning 29 games in a row and a Sac-Joaquin Section championship, Antelope was given a No. 4 seed behind CCS runner-up Serra. Mitty beat No. 2 seed Newark Memorial, the North Coast Section champion, by 20 points early in the season.
South: This was expected to be as tough a decision as there was and the top seed was given to La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, champions of the San Diego Section, over Mayfair of Lakewood, the Southern Section Division II-A champions. The Monsoons' 26-5 record isn't as impressive as the Mavericks' 31-2 mark, but they had better wins, including one over Sheldon of Sacramento, the No. 2 seed in Division II North. The two best teams La Costa Canyon faced outside its section -- La Verne Lutheran and Taft of Woodland Hills -- they lost to. There is also comparative scores against Righetti of Santa Maria that can point Mayfair's way, but it will be a neutral site for the regional final so perhaps all it did was make LCC's road to that game just slightly easier if the seedings hold up.
North: The top three seeds read exactly as we had it to start the week in our rankings by CIF state division, as Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco got the nod for the top seed over Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland. The Irish own a win over the same Jesuit of Carmichael squad that defeated the Dragons earlier this season. Foothill of Sacramento, winners of 23 consecutive games, is the No. 3 seed after ending Sierra of Manteca's 26-game winning streak with a 74-52 victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals.
South: Alemany of Mission Hills has been Cal-Hi Sports' top-ranked Division III team since January so it was no surprise they were seeded No. 1 after a 72-60 win over Oak Park of Agoura Hills in the CIFSS Div. III-A finals. In a bit of a surprise Pasadena, winner of the CIFSS Div. III-AA crown, was given the No. 2 seed over Calabasas and Cathedral Catholic of San Diego considering those section champions both have four less on-court losses.
North: It was probably the easiest decision to make to place nationally ranked Salesian of Richmond as the No. 1 seed in this bracket after the Pride won their second straight NCS championship with a 75-50 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo. Modesto Christian out of the Sac Joaquin Section and Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton from the Central Coast Section were seeded No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It will be a monumental upset if Salesian isn't playing for a state championship.
South: This bracket pretty much reads as a result of how incredibly tough the Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs were. Serra of Gardena is the top seed with Lutheran of La Verne No. 2 after the Cavaliers' 69-59 win over the Trojans in the section finals. Southern Section Division IV-AA semifinal losers Price of Los Angeles and Crespi of Encino are seeded No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The big loser in the "super division" IV-AA bracket turned out to be defending CIF state champion Windward, which lost to Price in the quarterfinals. There are actually only 15 teams in this bracket, as Serra has a bye, and considering the Wildcats beat teams such as Mitty and La Verne Lutheran and split with Pacific Hills, it has to be a downer for the program not to be able to defend their state title against the caliber of some of the teams that qualified this bracket.
North: St. Joseph of Notre Dame and Pinewood of Los Altos Hills were the top two ranked NorCal teams in our latest state rankings by division and earned the top two seeds in this division. Both have first round byes. With a 47-36 win over Branson of Ross in the NCS title game, St. Joseph will look to defend its state title as the top seed.
South: In a game that ultimately decided who would earn the top seed in this division, it was St. Bernard earning it with a 81-67 victory over Ribet Academy of Los Angeles in the CIFSS Div. V-AA finals. Coach Reggie Morris will look to take his team back to the state championship game after losing last year to St. Joseph of Notre Dame. Ribet Academy was given the No. 2 seed while Renaissance Academy of La Canada was seeded third as expected.