Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 15
Now that the North Coast Section playoffs have concluded the final pecking order is
basically set, and these could be our final rankings for this season, but the top teams
are still in action and could be facing each other so there could be an upset that
would not have been reflected in these final rankings, so we decided to do one final
rankings after this one just in case some NCS teams make some real noise. Records
will not reflect some early round Northern Regional games, but the ranking and
write-ups will.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
The Pilots showed they are for real, and put a final silencer on the naysayers with wins over Bishop O’Dowd and Cardinal Newman to claim the first ever NCS Open Division championship. St. Joe’s drew the No. 2 seed in the 5-team Northern Regional Open Division and drew a bye until the semifinals on /Saturday. (losses include a forfeit).
After a career-high 43-point performance in an Open Division 64-59 semifinal victory over Salesian on the road, Choice was not favored by the officials in the Cardinals championship game loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame and fouled out with five points on four questionable calls 3:43 left. Even with Choice limited to around 15 minutes of play, Newman led late 52-49 but once she fouled out the Cardinals ran out of gas and took a 9-point loss. The NorCal Open No. 5 seed travels to Stockton on Wednesday to meet No. 4 seed St. Mary’s in the only quarterfinal game in the 5-team field, and lo and behold they pulled off the upset.
What a difference a game makes. After the Pride went down to Cardinal Newman in the NCS Open semis, their reward was the No. 1 seed Division I in the Northern Regional where they host Valley Christian-San Jose in the first half of a double-header at Albany High. The only downside is since February 15, a period of 18 days, Coach Stephen Pezzola and his girls have had the lone game with Newman, however it didn’t slow them down in their opening round NorCal D1 70-49 victory over Valley Christian-San Jose. (wins include two forfeits).
An NCS Open semifinal loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame landed the Dragons the No. 2 seed in the Division I NorCals and we already know they were a winner over Buchanan-Clovis in the first round
The Mats went down to O’Dowd in the NCS Open quarterfinals for a season split but still managed the NorCal D1 No. 4 seed behind Salesian, O’Dowd and Clovis North, and they opened with a 71-57 win over Folsom.
After losing to Cardinal Newman in the NCS Open quarterfinals the Pats were seeded No. 6 and behind 2 CCS No. 2 Pinewood. Coach Rob Ocon and his girls will be moving into the NorCal D1 quarterfinals at Clovis North-Fresno after a 51-39 victory over McClatchy.
The Wolves may not make it all the way to Sacramento but the folks in Danville can be very proud of their girls. Last Saturday, in a game played at Dublin High, the NCS Division 1 No. 2 seed won its second NCS championship in school history but first since 2006 with a 60-44 victory over San Leandro. With six Open Division teams from three sections teams seeded above them, as well as CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 runner-up Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills and CIFSJS D2 champion Antelope also seeded above them, the NCS D1 champs were relegated to the No. 9 seed, but they went on the road to No. 8 Antelope and came home a 68-63 victor. Now, they face Salesian in the quarterfinals.
Last week we had said the Pirates girls would be moving up even thought we didn’t do it last week but now after getting to the NCS D1 title game with a semifinal win over American they get their reward with a seven-spot bump and fall in behind the San Ramon Valley team that beat them in the title game. Unfortunately for Pirates faithful the NorCal D2 seventh-seed was upset by Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton in the first round
While the San Leandro team that bested them in the NCS D1 semis is out of the playoffs the NorCal D2 No. 8 seed is still alive after the one at large berth from the NCS D1 quarterfinalists held off Christian Brothers-Sacramento, 53-51. Top-seed and Oakland Section champion Oakland Tech is next after that team blitzed St. Francis-Mountain View
The NCS D4 top-seeded Panthers beat Lick-Wilmerding by 12 and then took the rubber match with St. Patrick-St. Vincent only this time it was in the D4 title game. The Panthers were seeded No. 3 in the D3 NorCals and opened with an easy win over Leland-San Jose with Vanden-Fairfield up next on Thursday.
After their NCS D4 runner-up finish the Bruins were seeded No. 5 in the D3 NorCals and won by 18 over Aragon-San Mateo with an interesting match-up with fourth-seeded Woodside Priory on Thursday on the road.
Season complete. The Hornets comfortably defeated Montgomery for the NCS Division 3 title but do to competitive equity they only drew the No. 11 seed and went on the road to Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco where there season was ended by the Fighting Irish.
Season complete. Following their loss to Alameda in the NCS D3 title game the Vikings were made the No. 13 seed in the CIF D2 NorCals and went on the road to Laguna Creek where their season ended in Elk Grove.
We sure wish we could move the Tigers up but we can’t despite the NCS D4 quarterfinalists only receiving the No. 16 seed in the CIF Division III and going on the road and winning for a second time this season against top-seeded Menlo-Atherton-Atherton. Next up is a Thursday trip to Aptos
Season complete. The Giants beat Acalanes but lost to Alameda in the NCS D2 semis and did not advance to the NorCals
Season complete. After losing to St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the NCS D4 semis the Wildcats were seeded No. 12 in the D3 NorCals where their season was ended by Woodside Priory-Portola Valley.
Season complete. The Mariners soundly beat San Marin to capture the NCS Division 3 championship but that only earned them the No. 10 seed in the D3 NorCals and their season was ended at Vanden-Fairfield.
Season complete. We see the Mustangs behind Marin Catholic based on their MCAL record despite the fact they were seeded ahead of their league rivals in the D3 where the No. 11 seed went on the road to Palo Alto where the Vikings ended their season.