Sunday, November 14, 2010
LA South: Western Division playoffs outlook
By Blair Angulo
Seeded teams: 1. Serra (10-0, Mission 1); 2. Compton Dominguez (9-1, San Gabriel Valley 1); 3. West Hills Chaminade (9-1, Mission 2); 4. Paso Robles (8-2, Pac-7 1)
At-large selections: Arroyo Grande, Beverly Hills, Oxnard, St. Francis
Best first-round game: Oxnard (8-2) at No. 4 Paso Robles (8-2) -- Pac-7 League champion Paso Robles bounced back nicely after not making the playoffs last year. But in order to fight off Oxnard's upset bid, Paso Robles must shut down an offense that puts up 38.6 points a game.
Best potential second-round game: Atascadero (8-2) at No. 3 West Hills Chaminade (9-1) –- Let's assume Atascadero takes care of business at home against Ventura. The Greyhounds have a good defense (13 or fewer points in eight of their games); and don't let Chaminade's 9-1 mark fool you -- four of the Eagles' wins were by a one-possession margin.
Prediction: It all starts with George Farmer, Marqise Lee, Conner Preston, Jason Gibson and Shaquille Richard, but the list goes on and on for No. 1 Serra. There's too much talent for this team not to win it all.