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Monday, February 27, 2012
Fab Five playoff games this week

By Tim Haddock

Sunny Hills (25-6) vs. Royal (23-6): Seventh-seeded Royal plays 11th-seeded Sunny Hills in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Tuesday night. The bracket makers didn’t do such a great job in Division 2AA. Sunny Hills knocked out third-seeded J.W. North, 77-75, in the quarterfinals. Second-seeded Canyon lost in the second round to 16th-seeded Tesoro. The highest-seeded team Royal has played in the postseason is No. 10 Villa Park in the second round. The Highlanders are averaging less than 60 points a game in the playoffs (59.3), but allowing only 44.6 points per game.

Thousand Oaks (21-8) vs. Inglewood (19-10): It could be an all-Marmonte League final in the Southern Section Division 2AA championship game. But even Thousand Oaks coach Richard Endres said he didn’t think his team would have a chance to win a CIF championship this year. How they got this far is nothing short of miraculous. He starts five juniors and finished in a tie for third place in the Marmonte League standings. Thousand Oaks was probably a year away from contending for the league championship and a CIF title. But the Lancers have been the hottest team in the playoffs. If there is a team that’s hotter than Thousand Oaks, it’s Inglewood. The unseeded Sentinels have eliminated three seeded teams in the playoffs, including No. 4 Canyon of Anaheim in the second round. Thousand Oaks travels to Inglewood for their semifinal game on Tuesday night.

Crescenta Valley (26-4) vs. Mission Viejo (26-3): Fourth-seeded Crescenta Valley travels through the Orange Curtain to Mission Viejo for a chance to play in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 1A playoffs. Mission Viejo is the top seed in the Division 1A playoffs, but is coming off an overtime scare in the quarterfinals. Mission Viejo survived with an 81-77 win in the quarterfinals against West Ranch. Crescenta Valley eliminated fifth-seeded El Toro, 61-49, in the quarters. The Falcons are averaging nearly 70 points per game (69.3) in the playoffs.

Girls

Burbank (19-11) vs. Summit (25-3): The Burbank girls are one game away from playing for the Southern Section Division 1A championship. But the Bulldogs must travel to Fontana to face top-seeded Summit to get there. The 13th-seeded Bulldogs are coming off a 58-48 win over Temecula Valley in the quarterfinals. Summit easily eliminated Downey, 62-54, in the quarterfinals. Burbank plays Summit on Tuesday night.

Ventura vs. J.W. North (27-4): The Ventura girls have a long road trip in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Tuesday. The second-seeded Cougars head out to Riverside to play third-seeded J.W. North. Ventura beat Redondo Union, 51-39, in the quarterfinals. Sam Meyer led the way with 18 points for Ventura. The Huskies eliminated Thousand Oaks, 63-48, in the quarterfinals.