L.A. North: The top 10

February, 13, 2012
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The Woodland Hills Taft boys basketball team won its 14th game in a row and earned the top seed in the City Section Division I playoffs. The Toreadors remain atop the L.A. North top 10.

Alemany stumbled at the end of the Mission League season losing to Harvard-Westlake, but the Warriors still won the Mission League championship and is the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.

Westlake lost its last three games in the Marmonte League season and dropped out of the L.A. North top 10.

Village Christian cracked the top 10 for the first time and enters at No. 10.

Here’s a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. Woodland Hills Taft (24-3): The reigning City Section champs earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s playoffs and will face West Adams Prep in the first round Friday night. Taft has a 14-game winning streak and has not lost since Dec. 30. Newark Memorial beat Taft, 55-49.
  2. Alemany (23-4): The Warriors lost their Mission League finale, 81-62, to Harvard-Westlake. Still, Alemany is the Mission League champs at 10-2 and the No. 1-ranked team in the Southern Section Division 3A poll. The loss didn’t affect Alemany’s seeding in the Division 3A playoffs. The Warriors are the No. 1 seed and play Artesia on Wednesday in the first round.
  3. Calabasas (23-3): The Coyotes have won eight games in a row, including 65-61 over Westlake in the Marmonte League finale. Calabasas won the Marmonte League championship with a 13-1 record, the only loss coming to Westlake, 51-50, on Jan. 11. Calabasas was the No. 1-ranked team in Division 3AA and the top seed in the Division 3AA playoffs.
  4. Royal (20-6): The Highlanders ended Marmonte League play with a five-game winning streak. Royal beat Agoura, 78-55, in the league finale Thursday night.
  5. El Camino Real (18-7): The Conquistadores are the No. 1 seed in the City Section Division II playoffs and have a five-game winning streak. El Camino Real finished in second place in the West Valley League standings. The only team that gave ECR any problems was Taft, the top seed in the City Section Division I playoffs. A potential semifinal match-up against Kennedy, the co-champions of the Valley Mission League, looms for El Camino Real.
  6. Providence (23-4): The Pioneers have won seven games in a row and wrapped up the Liberty League championship with a 67-60 win over Buckley on Thursday night. Providence is the No. 1 ranked team in the Division 5A poll and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
  7. Oxnard (24-2): The Yellowjackets have a 12-game winning streak and won the Pacific View League championship with an undefeated 10-0 record. They will have a tough time in playoffs though. Oxnard is the No. 5 team in the Division 1AA poll.
  8. Oak Park (20-7): The Eagles won their last two Tri-Valley League games, including 63-52 over Oaks Christian in the league finale Wednesday night. Oak Park has won 12 of its past 13 games, the only loss coming to St. Bonaventure on Feb. 1.
  9. Crespi (20-6): The Celts ended the season on a high note with a 63-57 win over Harvard-Westlake in the Mission League finale. Crespi lost five of its last seven games of the season and fell from first place in league to tied for third place with Harvard-Westlake.
  10. (NR) Village Christian (24-2): The Crusaders won the Olympic League championship with an 8-0 record and have a six-game winning streak entering playoffs.
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