CIF state boys basketball finals preview
March, 21, 2012
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Tim Haddock / For ESPNLosAngeles.com
Joe Shashaty scored 10 points and was one of four players from Village Christian who scored in double figures against Renaissance Academy in the Southern California Regional Division V final.
Mater Dei of Santa Ana vs. Sheldon of Sacramento
Mater Dei (33-2) has a 20-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Jan. 7 to Gill St. Bernards from New Jersey. The Monarchs are the Southern Section Division 1A champions and won the Southern California Regional championship, 85-66, over the surprising Bullard team from Fresno. Mater Dei has won eight state championships and is in search of a record-setting ninth. Sheldon (29-5) has an 11-game winning streak and won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship, 49-44, over Jesuit. Sheldon played Jesuit again in the Northern California Regional final and won 61-56, erasing a 17-point deficit in the second quarter.
Alemany of Mission Hills vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco
After losing its Mission League finale to Harvard-Westlake, Alemany (32-4) has won nine playoff games in a row, including the Southern Section Division 3A championship, 72-60, over Oak Park. The Warriors had to hold off St. John Bosco in the Southern California Regional Division III final, 62-61, to advance to their first state championship game in school history. Nevada-bound Marqueze Coleman scored 24 points against St. John Bosco and had 31 against Cathedral Catholic from San Diego in the Southern California Regional semifinal. Sacred Heart Cathedral (28-5), the top seed in the Northern California Regional playoffs, beat Bishop O’Dowd, 61-57, in the Division III championship game. Josh Fox scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for Sacred Heart. Taylor Johns had a double-double as well with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Price of Los Angeles vs. Salesian of Richmond
Price (27-8) beat Serra, 73-66, in the Southern California Regional final and avenged a loss to the Cavaliers in the Southern Section Division 4AA semifinals. Price squeaked past La Verne Lutheran, 53-52, in the Southern California Regional semifinals to reach the championship game against Serra. San Diego State-bound Skylar Spencer scored 15 points for Price in the regional final. Salesian (33-2) has a 26-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Dec. 20 to Blance Ely from Florida. The Pride won the North Coast Section Division 4 championship, 75-50, over St. Patrick/St. Vincent and the Northern California Regional championship, 69-38, over Sacred Heart Prep.
Village Christian of Sun Valley vs. St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda
Village Christian (31-3) is headed to its first CIF State championship game in school history. The Crusaders lost to Ribet Academy in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs, then won four in a row to win the Southern California Regional final. Bryan Alberts hit the game-winning 3-pointer for Village Christian against Renaissance Academy in the regional final. Marquis Salmon led Village Christian with 19 points and nine rebounds against Renaissance Academy. Four players from Village Christian scored in double figures in the regional final. St. Joseph (29-5) won the North Coast Section Division 5 championship, 47-36, over Branson and the Northern California Regional final, 77-53 over Pinewood. The Pilots have won 16 of their past 17 games, the only loss coming to Salesian in Bay Shore League play on Feb. 18. St. Joseph Notre Dame is the reigning CIF State Division V champion. NBA All Star Jason Kidd led St. Joseph Notre Dame to back-to-back Division 1 state championships in 1991 and 1992.
Here is the schedule of games at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento:
Friday, March 23
1:30 p.m. Division IV Boys Price (Los Angeles) vs. Salesian (Richmond)
Saturday, March 24
11:15 a.m. Division V Boys Village Christian (Sun Valley) vs. St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda)
2:45 p.m. Division III Boys Alemany (Mission Hills) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco)
8 p.m. Division I Boys Mater Dei (Santa Ana) vs. Sheldon (Sacramento)