High-SchoolCalifornia: Ed Azzam

State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

February, 9, 2012
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No new No. 1 teams this week, but Gardena Serra is a new No. 2 in Division IV. Westchester also is coming on strong in Division I.

A staple of the Cal-Hi Sports rankings system for more than 30 years is the divisional breakdown of teams leading into the CIF state basketball championships.

Here is the second listing of boys teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Feb. 4 with some teams that have results included for this week):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 22-2
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 21-1
3. (3) Etiwanda 24-1
4. (5) De La Salle (Concord) 20-2
5. (6) Taft (Woodland Hills) 22-3
6. (4) Loyola (Los Angeles) 20-4
7. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 18-5
8. (13) Westchester (Los Angeles) 19-5
9. (10) Jesuit (Carmichael) 19-5
10. (11) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 21-3
11. (NR) Oxnard 23-2
12. (9) Buchanan (Clovis) 20-3
13. (NR) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 21-1
14. (NR) Santa Monica 16-8
15. (8) Lutheran (Orange) 14-10
Drops: Previous No. 12 Fairfax (Los Angeles); No. 14 Mission Viejo; No. 15 J.W. North (Riverside).
Bubble: Central (Fresno) 17-6, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 21-5, Fairfax (Los Angeles) 17-9, Foothill (Tustin) 19-5, Mission Viejo 21-3, Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 15-10
Comments: The team to watch in this division is Westchester of Los Angeles. Coach Ed Azzam’s club moved up five spots in this division this week and is looking more and more like it can give Taft of Woodland Hills or any other team in the L.A. City Section a real run for its money right now. The Comets, of course, have a tremendous history of success that can only make the players that much more confident. They have won six CIF Division I state crowns and have never lost in a state final.

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