Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 14
By NATE SMITH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.