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LA North: Ventura earns No. 2 seed in CIF Division II state playoffs

3/7/2011
The Ventura High School boys basketball team celebrates its overtime win over Compton in the Southern Section Division 2AA semifinal game. Tim Haddock/Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

Ventura coach Dan Larson said he was happy to see his boys basketball team with a first-round bye in the CIF Division II state championship bracket for a couple reasons.

One, it showed that his team gained a degree of respect. Ventura is the second-seeded team in the Southern California regional. Lincoln from the San Diego Section earned the top seed in the Division II Southern California bracket.

Secondly, his team needs a break. Larson said his team’s overtime win over Mission Viejo in the Southern Section Division 2AA championship game on Friday took its toll.

Jared Wilson is nursing a sore back. A couple players have varying degrees of ankle injuries. At the pizza party celebration on Saturday night for the team, Larson said his players were tired and sore.

“We had a war with them,” Larson said about playing Mission Viejo. “We’re pretty banged up. It was very physical.”

The war might not be over quite yet. Mission Viejo is the third-seeded team in the Southern California Regional, creating a potential rematch with Ventura in the semifinals. Mission Viejo plays Foothill from Tustin in the first round of the state playoffs.

Ventura awaits the winner of the Narbonne vs. Summit game on Tuesday night.

The CIF state playoffs begin on Tuesday. Here are some of the key games from the teams in the LA North region:

CIF Division I boys basketball Southern California Regional

Clovis West at No. 3 Woodland Hills Taft, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Torrey Pines at Loyola, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

CIF Division III boys basketball Southern California Regional

La Canada is the No. 1 seed and has a bye in the first round. La Canada will play the winner of the Hoover vs. Crespi game.

Garfield at No. 2 Harvard-Westlake, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Crespi at Hoover, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Palm Springs at Chatsworth, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

CIF Division IV boys basketball Southern California Regional

Oaks Christian is the No. 1 seed and awaits the winner of the LACES vs. Muir game.

CIF Division V boys basketball Southern California Regional

Tranquility at No. 2 Flintridge Prep, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

The Rock Academy at No. 3 Montclair Prep, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Calvin Christian at No. 4 Valley Torah, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Sierra Canyon is the No. 1 seed and has a bye in the first round. Sierra Canyon awaits the winner of the Bishop Diego vs. Fresno Christian game.

CIF Division II girls basketball Southern California Regional

Buena is the No. 2 seed and has a bye in the first round. Buena awaits the winner of the Mark Keppel vs. Palisades Charter game.

Yosemite at No. 4 Harvard-Westlake, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Canyon at Monache, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

CIF Division III girls basketball Southern California Regional

Chaminade at Ridgeview, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Reseda at Bellarmine-Jefferson, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Sonora at Monroe, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

CIF Division IV girls basketball Southern California Regional

Duarte at Oaks Christian, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

CIF Division V girls basketball Southern California Regional

Kings Christian at No. 2 Santa Clara of Oxnard, Tuesday, 7 p.m.