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THROUGH WEEK 14


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep.com

February 27, 2017


Every team still remaining in the playoffs is guaranteed of a berth to the CIF NorCal tournament, so now it is time to sort out the section champions. Some upsets in the early rounds caused some shuffling of teams through the bottom 15 spots in our rankings.


1 (last week: 1) ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME (28-1)
Last: def. Healdsburg, 56-32; next: vs. Stuart Hall (3/1)

The Pilots cruised into the Division 4 semifinals with an easy win over Healdsburg, as expected. The road gets a bit more challenging from this point forward, beginning this Wednesday against Stuart Hall.

2 (3) SALESIAN (25-4)
Last: def. Kennedy-Richmond, 91-38; next: vs. San Marin (3/1)

The Pride blasted Kennedy-Richmond in the Division 3 quarterfinals, a week after winning the TCAL tournament over St. Patrick-St. Vincent, and now face San Marin in the semifinals.

3 (4) ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (23-6)
Last: def. Piedmont, 87-54; next: vs. Lick-Wilmerding (3/1)

The Bruins hardly broke a sweat in the opening two rounds of the Division 4 bracket, beating Gateway and Piedmont by a combined 78 points. St. Pat's faces a hot Lick-Wilmerding team in the semifinals.

4 (6) DUBLIN (27-3)
Last: def. Antioch, 78-73; next: vs. Logan (3/1)

The Gaels advanced to the Division 1 semifinals, but it wasn't easy. College Park made them work in the first round, and Antioch put a real scare into them before Dublin pulled out the five-point victory in the quarterfinals. Dublin now faces James Logan this Wednesday in the semifinals.

5 (2) DE LA SALLE (25-5)
Last: def. San Leandro, 61-50; next: at Heritage (3/1)

The Spartans trailed Berkeley entering the fourth quarter in their first-round win, but were in control throughout in the quarterfinal win over San Leandro. De La Salle heads to Heritage this Wednesday for the Division 1 semifinals.

6 (5) BISHOP O'DOWD (18-9)
Last: def. Redwood, 76-54; next: vs. Moreau Catholic (3/1)

The Dragons cruised past both Concord and Redwood in the opening rounds of the Division 2 bracket, eliminating the sting of that loss to San Leandro in the final week of the regular season, but face their biggest test this Wednesday, when they play Moreau Catholic at Laney College.

7 (7) MOREAU CATHOLIC (19-9)
Last: def. Acalanes, 60-52; next: at Bishop O'Dowd (3/1)

The Mariners pulled away in the second and third quarters to down Acalanes in the Division 2 quarterfinals, after routing Petaluma in the opening round. Damari Milstead and Kyree Walker combined for 40 of the 60 points against Acalanes. Moreau faces Bishop O'Dowd in the semifinals this Wednesday.

8 (8) HERITAGE (25-3)
Last: def. Clayton Valley, 62-58; next: vs. De La Salle (3/1)

The Patriots faced two big challenges in the opening rounds of the Division 1 bracket, turning back both El Cerrito and Clayton Valley, in contrasting fashion. They needed a big second half comeback to take down the Gauchos, and then held on late after building a lead against the Eagles. Heritage hosts De La Salle this Wednesday in the semifinals.

9 (9) JAMES LOGAN (24-4)
Last: def. Castro Valley, 41-33; next: at Dublin (3/1)

The Colts turned up the defense in the second half of their win over Castro Valley in the quarterfinals, holding the Trojans to 10 second-half points for the win. Logan now faces Dublin in the semifinals.

10 (16) SAN LEANDRO (18-10)
Last: lost to De La Salle, 61-50; next: idle

A late season surge moves the Pirates up in our rankings, though their season is now complete. San Leandro had a big win over Bishop O'Dowd in the final week of the regular season to finish in sole possession of second place in the rugged WACC-Foothill, and then took down Liberty in the opening round of the Division 1 bracket, avenging an earlier loss to the Lions. Their season ended with a quarterfinal loss to De La Salle.

11 (18) ANTIOCH (17-11)
Last: lost to Dublin, 78-73; next: idle

Much like San Leandro, the Panthers surged upwards at the end, finishing in second place in the deep BVAL, and then blowing past league rival Deer Valley in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs, taking two of three from the Wolverines this season. Kirmarje Trent then scored 32 points in a five-point quarterfinal loss to Dublin.

12 (19) CASTRO VALLEY (16-12)
Last: lost to Logan, 41-33; next: idle

The Trojans follow the lead of the two teams above them, as the overall slate looks more impressive after strong play late in the year. They won four of five prior to the loss against Logan, and six of eight, with the only losses to San Leandro and O'Dowd. That included a first-round playoff win over Freedom.

13 (10) FREEDOM (19-8)
Last: lost to Castro Valley, 69-63; next: idle

The Falcons won six of their final seven league games to secure the five seed in the playoffs, but were bounced in the first round by Castro Valley. Still, the overall season was a success, with wins over teams such as Antioch, San Leandro, Folsom, Sacramento, Moreau Catholic, Benicia, and Modesto.

14 (12) MONTGOMERY-SR (24-5)
Last: def. Las Lomas, 50-45; next: vs. Tamalpais (3/1)

The Vikings may have lost the NBL title game to Cardinal Newman - making it an even split in the four meetings between those teams this season - but Montgomery is the last team standing from that league after playoff wins over San Lorenzo and Las Lomas to reach the Division 2 semifinals. This Wednesday features a match-up with Tamalpais, who knocked off Cardinal Newman in the quarterfinals. We said when the seedings were released that Montgomery was seeded too low - we will find out for sure this week.

15 (15) ANALY (25-5)
Last: def. Miramonte, 54-43; next: vs. Campolindo (3/1)

The Tigers have won 16 straight games after beating Alhambra and Miramonte in the first two rounds of the playoffs, securing a CIF NorCal berth in the process. The big tests start this week, playing at Campolindo this Wednesday.

16 (11) DEER VALLEY (18-9)
Last: lost to Antioch, 81-72; next: idle

The Wolverines did not end their season as they would have liked, with a first round loss to Antioch. But they still had a slew of impressive results during the year, including wins over Las Lomas, Acalanes, Clayton Valley, and Antioch once during the regular season.

17 (14) LAS LOMAS (22-6)
Last: lost to Montgomery-SR, 50-45; next: idle

The Knights are down, but probably not out, after their quarterfinal loss to Montgomery. They had a strong lead at halftime but saw the Vikings rally big-time in the second half to advance. Regardless, the DAL-Foothill champions still have a shot at continuing their season should the champion from their bracket get selected for the Open Division at the CIF level.

18 (20) CLAYTON VALLEY (21-7)
Last: lost to Heritage, 62-58; next: idle

The Ugly Eagles wrapped up their season with an unbeaten run through the DAL-Valley division, then beat Foothill in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs and gave Heritage everything it could handle in a quarterfinal loss, ending its 13-game winning streak at the same time.

19 (NR) ACALANES (18-10)
Last: lost to Moreau Catholic, 60-52; next: idle

The Dons finished their season with a loss this past weekend, but were plenty game against a hot Moreau Catholic team, and have earned a rise in our rankings. Acalanes swept Campolindo during the regular season, and posted big wins over San Marin and Tamalpais as well, both teams who are still playing. The Dons are hurt by the fact that Las Lomas and Cardinal Newman both lost in the quarterfinals, as that effectively ends any chance they had of advancing to the NorCal playoffs.

20 (NR) CAMPOLINDO (18-9)
Last: def. Hercules, 51-32; next: at Analy (3/1)

The Cougars scheduled up during the non-league portion of the season, and it seems to have paid off with a big win over Hercules in the Division 3 quarterfinals and a berth in the semifinals against Analy this Wednesday.

21 (13) CARDINAL NEWMAN (25-4)
Last: lost to Tamalpais, 60-54; next: idle

The Cardinals were stunned at home by Tamalpais in the Division 2 quarterfinals, likely ending their season, considering Las Lomas' loss in the same round. Cardinal Newman still finished the year as the champions of the NBL regular season and tournament, with big non-league wins over Miramonte, Analy, and Marin Catholic.

22 (24) STUART HALL (22-7)
Last: def. University, 65-48; next: at St. Joseph (3/1)

The Knights took the rubber match this past weekend against University, with a decisive 17-point victory. Stuart Hall now faces St. Joe's in the Division 4 semifinals, looking to improve upon a 29-point loss to the Pilots earlier this year.

23 (NR) SAN MARIN (20-10)
Last: def. Hayward, 62-43; next: at Salesian (3/1)

The Mustangs used a big second-half to advance past Hayward in the Division 3 quarterfinals, and secure a NorCal berth in the process. Now, San Marin has the ultimate task this Wednesday, playing Salesian at Albany High.

24 (NR) TAMALPAIS (20-10)
Last: def. Cardinal Newman, 60-54; next: at Montgomery-SR (3/1)

The Red-Tailed Hawks pulled one of the biggest surprises of the first week of the playoffs, knocking off NBL champion Cardinal Newman. The entire body of work makes it so we cannot place them ahead of Cardinal Newman right now, but another win or two in the post-season could change that. Tamalpais faces Montgomery in the semifinals this week.

25 (21) MT. EDEN (17-10)
Last: lost to Logan, 66-55; next: idle

The Monarchs led at halftime of their first round loss to James Logan, but could not hold on against the Colts, ending their season. Mt. Eden had some real impressive wins earlier this season, over Menlo-Atherton, Oakland Tech, El Cerrito, Fremont-Oakland, Las Lomas, and Cardinal Newman. League play included splits with Berkeley and San Leandro.

25 (NR) BRANSON (22-8)
Last: def. Urban, 57-31; next: vs. Head-Royce (3/1)

The Bulls routed both Athenian and Urban in the first two rounds of the Division 5 playoffs, and are the highest seed remaining in the tournament. Branson faces Head-Royce in the semifinals, who they defeated by 13 points earlier this year.


MCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-4
22-8
10-4
20-10
10-4
20-10
10-4
17-12
8-6
18-10
4-10
7-17
3-11
7-18
2-12
7-19
1-13
8-18
Bay Counties-East Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
13-0
28-1
9-3
18-8
8-4
19-8
6-6
15-12
4-8
10-14
3-9
10-15
0-12
2-17
MVAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
13-1
24-4
9-5
16-11
8-6
11-15
5-9
7-19
4-10
8-18
4-10
7-17
TCAL-Stone Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-0
20-9
7-3
15-11
5-3
12-14
1-9
3-18
TCAL-Rock Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
6-1
25-4
7-2
23-6
4-4
12-16
1-5
16-13
0-7
6-18
Bay Counties-West Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-1
26-4
3-5
12-17
DAL-Valley Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-3
10-17
4-6
10-17
1-9
1-24
EBAL-Valley Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-2
27-3
8-5
16-12
4-9
11-15
0-13
4-22
NBL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-3
20-8
7-7
14-14
5-9
9-17
1-13
4-22
BVAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-1
25-3
7-3
19-8
6-4
17-11
2-8
15-12
1-9
8-18
SCL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
12-0
25-5
8-4
19-8
8-4
16-13
7-5
15-12
2-10
7-19
0-12
2-20
WACC-Shoreline Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-0
21-6
7-3
19-8
5-5
16-11
5-5
10-16
2-8
11-15
1-9
6-17
WACC-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-3
18-10
4-6
17-10
4-6
13-14
1-9
12-16
DAL-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-1
22-6
7-3
18-9
7-3
18-10
5-5
16-12
2-8
13-14
0-10
6-20
EBAL-Mountain Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
13-0
25-5
5-8
12-14
4-9
10-16