The CIF State basketball playoff brackets were announced Sunday, with 30 Central Section programs receiving bids into the Southern California Regional.
However, just three of those 30 teams – the Clovis West and Edison girls and the Lemoore boys – will host a first-round game when state playoffs begin this week. Divisions I through V play their first-round games Wednesday. The Open Division will play its opening matchups Friday.
Clovis West, which won its fourth-straight section D-I title on Saturday in a 69-38 rout against Edison, earned the section’s best seeding at No. 2 in the Open Division, giving the Golden Eagles an opportunity to host two games in the state playoffs. Clovis West will face No. 7 Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth in the first round Friday.
Craig Campbell, the Eagles’ head coach, was very pleased with the seeding, knowing his team won’t face powerhouses like Chaminade-West Hills or Long Beach Poly in the first round. But that doesn’t mean hosting a game automatically leads to victory.
“The reality is all eight of those teams (in the Open Division) are outstanding … and we have to worry about Sierra Canyon,” Campbell said. “The fact that we’re still playing means as much as anything right now. There’s a lot of excitement for the first round.”
In Division I, Edison was seeded eighth and will host No. 9 Etiwanda-Rancho Cucamonga. Hanford was seeded No. 14 in D-I and will play at third-seeded Bishop Alemany High in Mission Hills.
Four Central Section schools are in the bottom half of Division III: No. 11 Mission Oak, No. 13 Madera, No. 15 Exeter and No. 16 Immanuel.
On the boys side, Immanuel, fresh off its third consecutive Valley championship, received the eighth seed in the Open Division. The Eagles will travel to No. 1-seed Chino Hills, a national powerhouse that is undefeated at 31-0 and won its first Southern Section Championship with help from UCLA-bound senior Lonzo Ball.
The matchup came as a bit of a shock to Immanuel coach Nate McClurg.
“I really didn’t see that one coming,” McClurg said. “It’s a little bit of a surprise, but we have a chance to play against one of the best organizations in the country which is exciting.
“Not many teams from the (Central) Section have made it to the Open Division,” he added, citing Clovis West’s impressive seed on the girls side. “Hopefully we can both make a name for the San Joaquin Valley.”
In Division I, section winner Central was seeded No. 11, with section runner-up Clovis North seeded at No. 15. The Grizzlies will play at No. 6 Bishop Alemany while the Broncos travel to No. 2 Redondo Union.
Section D-II champ Lemoore received the division’s seventh seed and will host No. 10 Long Beach Poly in first round.
In Division III, four section schools will travel for their first-round games, with No. 10 Roosevelt, No. 12 Memorial, No. 14 Selma and No. 16 West all receiving high seeds.
The Southern California Regional winners for both boys and girls advance to the state championship scheduled for March 24 and 26 at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Open Division: No. 1 Chaminade vs. No. 8 Palisades-Pacific Palisades; No. 4 Mission Hills vs. No. 5 Windward; No. 3 Long Beach Poly vs. No. 6 La Jolla Country Day; No. 7 Sierra Canyon vs. No. 2 Clovis West
Division I: No. 1 Bishops vs. No. 16 Oaks Christian; No. 8 Edison vs. No. 9 Etiwanda; No. 5 Serra vs. No. 12 Fairfax; No. 4 Vista Murrieta vs. No. 13 Granada Hills; No. 3 Alemany vs. No. 14 Hanford^; No. 11 El Camino Real vs. No. 6 Brea Olinda; No. 7 Torrey Pines vs. No. 10 Santa Barbara; No. 15 Legacy vs No. 2 Troy
Division II: No. 1 Mater Dei vs. No. 16 Middle College; No. 8 Mount Miguel vs. No. 9 Crescenta Valley; No. 5 Ventura vs. No. 12 Bakersfield; No. 4 Fairmont Prep vs. No. 13 Serra; No. 3 Harvard-Westlake vs. No. 14 Carson; No. 6 West vs. No. 11 Independence; No. 7 Westview vs. No. 10 Mira Costa; No. 2 Cajon vs. No. 15 Taft
Division III: No. 1 Newbury Park vs. No. 16 Immanuel; No. 8 Mark Keppel vs. No. 9 Garfield; No. 5 Orange Lutheran vs. No. 12 Westchester^; No. 4 Agoura vs. No. 13 Madera; No. 3 Norco vs. No. 14 Horizon Christian Academy; No. 6 Sonora vs. No. 11 Mission Oak; No. 7 Eastlake vs. No. 10 Lakeside; No. 2 Canyon vs. No. 15 Exeter
Division IV: No. 1 Antelope Valley vs. No. 16 Memorial; No. 8 Poway vs. No. 9 Notre Dame Academy; No. 5 St. Anthony vs. No. 12 Imperial; No. 4 Duarte vs. No. 13 Orosi; No. 3 St. Paul vs. No. 14 South Gate; No. 6 Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. No. 11 North Hollywood; No. 7 Corona Del Mar vs. No. 10 La Costa Canyon; No. 2 La Canada vs. No. 15 Caruthers
Division V: No. 1 Flintridge Prep vs. No. 16 Kern Valley^; No. 8 Village Christian vs. No. 9 Mira Mesa; No. 5 Price vs. No. 12 Grossmont^; No. 4 Faith Baptist vs. No. 13 Robert F. Kennedy Community; No. 6 Bellarmine-Jefferson vs. No. 11 Sierra Pacific; No. 7 Oxford Academy vs. No. 10 Escondido Adventist Academy; No. 2 Mission Prep vs. No. 15 Minarets
Open Division: No. 1 Chino Hills vs. No. 8 Immanuel; No. 4 Mater Dei vs. No. 5 Foothills Christian; No. 3 Bishop Montgomery vs. No. 6 Westchester; No. 2 Sierra Canyon vs. No. 7 Cathedral Catholic
Division I: No. 1 Crespi vs. No. 16 Dorsey; No. 8 Inglewood vs. No. 9 Torrey Pines; No. 5 Centennial vs. No. 12 St. Augustine; No. 4 Fairfax vs. No. 13 Roosevelt; No. 3 Narbonne vs. No. 14 Compton; No. 6 Alemany vs. No. 11 Central^; No. 7 Damien vs. No. 10 Birmingham; No. 2 Redondo Union vs. No. 15 Clovis North
Division II: No. 1 Taft vs. No. 16 Temecula Valley; No. 8 JW North vs. No. 9 Ridgeview; No. 5 Orange Lutheran vs. No. 12 Amry-Navy^; No. 4 George Washington Prep vs. No. 13 Santa Monica; No. 3 Los Alamitos vs. No. 14 Poway; No. 6 Santa Margarita vs. No. 11 Mission Bay; No. 7 Lemoore vs. No. 10 Long Beach Poly; No. 2 Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. No. 15 El Camino Real
Division III: No. 1 Ayala vs. No. 16 West; No. 8 Crenshaw vs. No. 9 Hart; No. 5 Oak Park vs. No. 12 San Joaquin Memorial; No. 4 Lynwood vs. No. 13 Bernstein; No. 3 Santa Barbara vs. No. 14 Selma; No. 6 Bonita vs. No. 11 La Jolla Country Day; No. 7 Calabasas vs. No. 10 Roosevelt; No. 2 Edison vs. No. 15 Kearny
Division IV: No. 1 Diamond Ranch vs. No. 16 Kern Valley; No. 8 El Camino vs. No. 9 Rancho Mirage; No. 5 Viewpoint vs. No. 12 Taft; No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 13 San Marcos; No. 3 Serra vs. No. 14 Venice; No. 6 La Salle vs. No. 11 Grossmont; No. 7 Harvard-Westlake vs. No. 10 Porterville; No. 2 Chaminade vs. No. 15 Central City Value
Division V: No. 1 St. Joseph vs. No. 16 Riverdale; No. 8 Capistrano Valley Christian vs. No. 9 Bonita Vista; No. 5 Price vs. No. 12 Lincoln^; No. 4 St. Bernard vs. No. 13 Fresno Christian; No. 3 Rancho Christian vs. No. 14 O’Farrell; No. 6 Renaissance Academy vs. No. 11 Orosi; No. 7 Saddleback Valley Christian vs. No. 10 Mission Vista; No. 2 Flintridge Prep vs. No. 15 Marquez^
All first-round matches will be played at the lower seed, unless noted. Tipoff is schedule for 7 p.m. Wednesday for all but the Open Division, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. The times are subject to change.
^ denotes doubleheader