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Thursday, February 23, 2012
State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

By Mark Tennis

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The No. 1 teams are the same as last week in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional state rankings for boys hoops, but a few notable teams have already been defeated in section playoffs.

Defending CIF Division IV state champ Windward of Los Angeles was among those who lost in CIF Southern Section playoff games on Tuesday night. Also falling was Damien of La Verne, which has been No. 2 in the Division III state rankings since early in the season.

Here is the fourth listing of boys teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Tuesday, Feb. 21 with some teams that have results included for this week):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 25-2
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 24-1
3. (3) Etiwanda 27-1
4. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 24-2
5. (5) Taft (Woodland Hills) 25-3
6. (6) Loyola (Los Angeles) 22-4
7. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 22-5
8. (8) Jesuit (Carmichael) 22-5
9. (10) Bullard (Fresno) 26-3
10. (11) Westchester (Los Angeles) 21-6
11. (13) Mission Viejo 25-3
12. (14) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 20-9
13. (15) Santa Monica 20-8
14. (NR) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 24-4
15. (NR) Lutheran (Orange) 17-11
Drops: Previous No. 9 Oxnard; No. 12 Piedmont Hills (San Jose).
Bubble: Central (Fresno) 20-6, Clovis West (Fresno) 19-5, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 24-5, Foothill (Tustin) 23-5, Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 17-10, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 25-2, Upland 20-9.
Comments: The difference between the losses suffered last week by Oxnard to Quartz Hill and by Piedmont Hills to Leigh of San Jose is that Oxnard’s was in the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs. The Yellowjackets’ season, therefore, is over. Quartz Hill then lost to Upland in the next round and Upland plays Loyola in the quarterfinals. The semis in the Southern Section’s top division, which could feature Long Beach Poly against Etiwanda, would be played next Tuesday at the Anaheim Arena.

CIF Division II
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 24-3
2. (2) Newark Memorial (Newark) 22-4
3. (3) Mayfair (Lakewood) 22-5
4. (4) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 27-2
5. (5) Compton 19-9
6. (6) Sacramento 22-5
7. (7) Antelope 26-1
8. (9) Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 25-2
9. (NR) J.W. North (Riverside) 23-4
10. (NR) Lincoln (San Diego) 18-8
Drops: Previous No. 8 Ocean View (Huntington Beach); No. 10 Canyon (Canyon Country).
Bubble: Chico 23-3, Hoover (San Diego) 27-4, Leigh (San Jose) 20-7, McNair (Stockton) 19-4, Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 22-6, Palo Alto 20-4, Ocean View (Huntington Beach) 24-3, Righetti (Santa Maria) 23-4, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 18-7, Serra (San Mateo) 21-5, Thousand Oaks 20-8.
Comments: Ocean View was the top seed in the CIFSS Div. 2AA bracket and was bounced on Tuesday night in an upset loss to Thousand Oaks. Canyon of Canyon Country also had its season end with a loss to Tesoro of Las Flores. One newcomer to watch despite eight losses is San Diego Lincoln. The Hornets lost all of those games early on when they were playing a brutal schedule and when twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson were still adjusting from football. Their only bad loss was to Cathedral Catholic, but they also have a big win over Miller Grove of Lithonia, Ga., a team that was considered a mythical national title contender at the start of the season.

CIF Division III
1. (1) Alemany (Mission Hills) 25-4
2. (3) Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 22-5
3. (4) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 21-5
4. (5) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 22-6
5. (6) Foothill (Sacramento) 24-3
6. (7) Calabasas 25-3
7. (8) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 25-3
8. (9) Pasadena 21-7*
9. (10) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 23-7
10. (NR) Arroyo Grande 21-8
Drops: Previous No. 2 Damien (La Verne).
Bubble: Beverly Hills 20-9, Campolindo (Moraga) 19-5, Damien (La Verne) 26-3, El Camino (South San Francisco) 24-4*, Miramonte (Orinda) 18-8, Monterey 22-4, Mt. Whitney (Visalia) 25-5, St. Augustine (San Diego) 22-6, Sierra (Manteca) 24-2; South (Torrance) 18-11.
Comments: What we’d classify as the first big upset of the playoffs took place on Tuesday night when Arroyo Grande defeated Damien 50-43 in the CIFSS Div. 3AAA quarterfinals. The Spartans have been a state top 20 team most of the season and were the top seed in the division. Arroyo Grande upped its record 21-8, but the team has gone 14-0 since Jan. 6. The main reason for the turnaround is that this is a squad with a lot of grid-hoop athletes and it took awhile for the grid-hoopers to get going. Eagles’ quarterback Brent Vander Veen had 17 rebounds in the win against Damien. Alemany, meanwhile, topped Bishop Amat of La Puente 68-37 in the CIFSS Div. 3A quarterfinals. The other highly ranked team in that bracket is No. 4 St. John Bosco. The Warriors and Braves could meet in the section final.

CIF Division IV
1. (1) Salesian (Richmond) 26-2
2. (2) Serra (Gardena) 27-2
3. (4) La Verne Lutheran (La Verne) 22-6
4. (5) Price (Los Angeles) 22-7
5. (8) Crespi (Encino) 23-6
6. (3) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 23-5
7. (7) Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) 26-4
8. (6) Windward (Los Angeles) 20-9
9. (9) Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 24-2
10. (10) Army-Navy (Carlsbad) 21-6
Drops: None.
Bubble: Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello) 24-5, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 24-4, Christian (El Cajon) 17-7, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 17-9, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 21-6, Modesto Christian 22-5, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 20-6, Palma (Salinas) 16-8, Soquel 20-6.
Comments: With CIFSS quarterfinals taking place on Tuesday, there was bound to be some significant results, especially in the loaded D4AA bracket. The big news there is that defending Div. IV state champ Windward was beaten by Price 76-62. Crespi also took out previous state No. 3 Bishop Montgomery 73-67 while La Verne Lutheran advanced with a win against Oaks Christian. It’s obvious whichever team comes out of the south to the CIF state final is going to be a team that has beaten tremendous competition. If it’s Salesian in that game, though, anyone thinking the north team has little chance hasn’t been paying attention. The Pride could be the top team overall in the north this season. Their only two losses came during a 2-2 trip to the insanely strong City of Palms tournament in Florida and by the time of the CIF state finals Salesian could be a top 25 team in the POWERADE FAB 50.

CIF Division V
1. (1) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 23-5
2. (2) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 21-7
3. (4) Ribet Academy (Los Angeles) 18-9
4. (5) Renaissance Academy (La Canada) 22-6
5. (6) Village Christian (Sun Valley) 27-2
6. (3) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 22-2
7. (8) Providence (Burbank) 25-4
8. (NR) Branson (Ross) 21-7
9. (10) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 23-5
10. (7) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 22-5
Drops: Previous No. 9 Central Catholic (Modesto).
Bubble: Central Catholic (Modesto) 23-5, Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 17-11, Fresno Christian 22-2, Liberty Christian (Redding) 21-1, Ripon Christian 22-5; University (San Francisco) 18-9.
Comments: Pinewood dropped a last-week regular-season game to Harker of Sunnyvale that did not cause the Panthers to lose their top seed in the Central Coast Section playoffs. The loss did give us the chance to move up the big three of Ribet Academy, Renaissance and Village Christian up right behind St. Bernard in this week’s rankings. Already this week Village Christian has advanced in its playoff division with a win over Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach and its 7-foot-5 center, Mamadou Ndiaye. No. 1 St. Joseph, the defending CIF state champ, also lost a game last week but it was to NorCal No. 1 Salesian of Richmond in the Bay Shore Athletic League playoffs.

Note: Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens contributed to this report.

Comments or corrections? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.