#1 Monte Vista (27-1) vs. #3 Freedom (24-5) at St. Mary’s College, Friday 8
In what may be the most intriguing matchup of the weekend, Monte Vista looks for its second win against a Freedom team that has won 17 of its last 18 games.
When these teams met back on December 17, the Mustangs rolled to a 71-54 home win behind 19 points each from Rishi Satoor and Grant Jackson. Monte Vista, a very good foul shooting team, was particularly spectacular on this night, going 25-of-26 from the charity stripe. Continue reading
Interviews with coaches prior to the sectional championship games
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#4 De La Salle (21-7) at #1 Monte Vista (26-1), Wednesday 8:30
Monte Vista, the tenth ranked team in the state, ended De La Salle’s five-year reign atop the EBAL this season and defeated the Spartans twice, becoming the first conference opponent to do that to De La Salle in 17 years.
Mustangs coach Nick Jones is also one of the rare coaches who holds a winning record (4-3) versus Frank Allocco, Sr.
The games are usually close and Monte Vista’s two wins this season were each by three points and it was the Mustangs experience that appeared to play a pivotal role with key plays down the stretch. Continue reading
#5 Concord (21-7) at #1 Montgomery (25-5), Wednesday 7
This is the third time in four years that these programs have met in the NCS Division II playoffs and each team has a win over the other in the previous meetings.
Each team is also the last representative from its respective conference still alive in the postseason.
Concord is paced by Siaan Rojas 16.1 scoring average and it was Rojas who scored 22 points, including the game-tying shot in regulation with four seconds left, in a 70-62 win over Las Lomas on the quarterfinals. Continue reading
#5 Acalanes (17-11) at #1 Bishop O’Dowd (24-4), Wednesday 7
As with any Bishop O’Dowd foe, Acalanes is a major underdog against the second ranked team in the state.
The Dons assured its berth in NorCal’s with a 64-61 overtime win at Sir Francis Drake on Friday and are in the semifinals for the first time in six years.
Matt Thomas has been on fire, scoring 29 points in each playoff win, and 6-foot-7 senior Buster Souza has been a steady 20-point per game scorer through most of the season. Continue reading
Doug Benton of NorCalPreps analyzes the NCS boys semifinals for Divisions I, II, III, and IV and also looks at the CCS Open Division.
In girls hoops, Doug breaks down the CCS Open and NCS Division I semifinals. Continue reading
#5 Fortuna (25-2) at #1 Moreau Catholic (22-6), Wednesday 7
Moreau Catholic is in the semifinals for the first time since 1996 and have also set a school record in total wins.
The Mariners cruised to wins in each of its first two playoff games and leading scorer, freshman Damari Milstead (15.3ppg), has averaged 18.5 points in the two wins and is shooting a solid 48% from the floor this season.
Fortuna felt it should have deserved a top-four seed and proved it was worthy with a 64-52 win at St. Mary’s. The Huskies, who hadn’t won a playoff game in five years, have won two games and 17 straight overall. Continue reading
#4 University (24-6) at #1 St. Joseph Notre Dame (25-5), Wednesday 7
This is the fourth postseason meeting between these two programs in the last four years and all have been won by St. Joe’s.
This includes last season’s NCS championship game when Temiday Yussuf had nine points and 10 rebounds in a 44-38 Pilots win. Continue reading
#1 Archbishop Mitty (24-4) vs. #5 Sacred Heart Cathedral (18-10) at Independence HS, Tuesday 5:30
Mitty has defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral 14 consecutive times but only five of those games were decided by double-figures and the Irish gave the Monarchs all it could handle the last two times this season.
While the Monarchs took the first game, 60-49, Sacred Heart Cathedral had a seven point lead with about three minutes left in San Francisco before Mitty ended the game on a 16-0 run for a 62-53 win. In the WCAL finals a week and a half ago, the Irish held a brief quarter lead before Mitty emerged 61-56 victors. Continue reading
Mitch Stephens, Harold Abend, and Prep2Prep put together Bay Area rankings every week and we have combined all three rankings into one.
Previous rankings are in parentheses
Bay Area Composite Rankings (Following games through March 1)
1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd 24-4
2. (2) Monte Vista 26-1
T-3. (T-3) El Cerrito 27-3
T-3. (T-3) St. Joseph Notre Dame 25-5
T-3. (T-3) Archbishop Mitty 24-4 Continue reading