Previous rankings are in parentheses.
1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd 26-4
The Dragons will take a 21-game win streak into the Open Division after winning its third straight NCS championship. This a 68-38 semifinal win over Acalanes and then a 89-69 title game victory over El Cerrito. Ivan Rabb averaged 31 points and 11 rebounds in the two games.
In the CIF Open Division, the Dragons have a bye as the top seed and will host the Modesto Christian-Newark Memorial winner in the NorCal semifinals on March 18.
2. (2) Monte Vista 28-1
The Mustangs won its third NCS Division I championship in seven years with a 57-41 win over Freedom as Trevor John scored 20 points and the defense held the Falcons to a season-low point total. This game was on the heels of a 46-39 win over De La Salle, the team’s third victory over the Spartans this season.
The Monte Vista players voted and elected to not petition up to play in the CIF Open Division. In Division I, the Mustangs are favorites to reach the state title game and have a bye until it hosts the Bellarmine-Fremont (Oakland) winner on Saturday.
3. (5) Mitty 26-4
The Monarchs overcame a 16-point first half deficit on its way to a 68-60 win over Serra for its second straight CCS Open championship, and fifth consecutive CCS title overall. Ben Kone’s development has been huge as the 6-foot-8 sophomore delivered his best game of the season with 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Mitty, who also had an impressive 65-46 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the CCS semifinals last week, is the No. 3 seed in the Open Division and hosts El Cerrito in a Friday quarterfinal.
4. (3) El Cerrito 28-4
The Gauchos trailed O’Dowd by just two at the half in its 89-69 loss in the NCS Division III championship game. This was on the heels of its 70-59 win over Campolindo in the semifinals. Sophomore Sayeed Pridgett averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds in the two games, while junior Tyrell Alcorn averaged 18 points.
El Cerrito was selected to the NorCal Open Division and has a very tough game at Mitty on Friday night.
5. (4) St. Joseph Notre Dame 27-5
The Pilots won two close calls to take home its fourth straight NCS Division V championship. In the semifinals, St. Joe’s escaped with a 57-56 home win over University and then needed two free throws from freshman Jade Smith with 0.2 seconds left to beat Branson, 49-48, in the title game. Temidayo Yussuf had five assists in the championship and averaged 15 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two games.
The Pilots weren’t selected for the Open Division and instead are the second seed in Division V. St. Joe’s will host the Pinewood-Forest Lake Christian winner on Saturday.
6. (7) Newark Memorial 23-7
The Cougars won its third straight NCS Division II I championship with a thrilling 74-70 win over Concord, overcoming a six-point fourth quarter deficit. Joey Frenchwood scored 24 in the final and averaged 21.5 points over the last two games while Mike Pickney scored 14 of his 19 points against Concord in the final quarter. Continue reading