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It's Basketball Seeding Sunday, 2015

It’s Seeding Sunday for basketball. It’s the day when fans of high school basketball in the Central Coast Section wait to see who plays, whom, when, where and who are the eight best teams in the CCS to go the prestigious Open Division.

The seeding meeting for both boys and girls will start at 9 a.m. Nothing can or will be announced until its first announced by Play-On-Sports. The streamline broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and can be found at Web Link.

Both Half Moon Bay High School teams are on the board and will be participating in the tournament.

As for the boys team, there were questions raised if the Cougars played their way out of the Open Division due to its losses to Terra Nova in the season finale and Sequoia in the Peninsula Athletic League tournament. Coach Rich Forslund thinks so and several players tend to agree.

In talking with some members of the seeding committee, all made of basketball coaches for the nine leagues, one can’t be sure. Yes, Half Moon Bay has stumbled lately. But the overall body of work, keyed by the win over St. Patrick/St. Vincent last month, is solid.

If it happens, it will be the second straight year the Cougars are in the Open Division and fourth straight year they head to the Northern California Tournament. It will be the second time a public school from the CCS qualifies for the regional playoffs since the five-division format came to being in 1988.

My belief is that Half Moon Bay has gone for a lock to being strongly considered for the Open Division. My locks are Palma, Sacred Heart Prep, St. Francis, Mitty, Serra and whoever gets the tiebreaker for fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League between Riordan, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Bellarmine. Based on head-to-head among the three, Riordan comes out on top. Half Moon Bay will contend with PAL Tournament champion Sequoia, PAL tournament runner-up and South Division champion Mills and Fremont, champions of De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League for the final Open Division spots.

On the girls side, this much is for sure for Half Moon Bay. It will be in Division IV, as determined by school population. It won’t be a long wait for the Cougars to be in the conversation. By that time, Scotts Valley should be in the Open Division. The top three teams in Division IV will be Menlo School, The King’s Academy (both of whom Half Moon Bay lost to this year) and Notre Dame-Belmont.

It’s at that point when Half Moon Bay gets brought into the conversation. Half Moon Bay, Soquel and Monte Vista Christian will be in contention for the No. 4 seed. There’s plenty at stake at the No. 4 seed is off until the quarterfinals while the No. 5 and No. 6 seed host someone Thursday.

Since the three teams are so close, the only surprise here will be if someone breaks into this group of three. Just based on nonleague wins, I think Monte Vista Christian gets the No. 4 spot, followed by Half Moon Bay and Soquel. The easiest thing to do here is just to do a blind draw. It’s that close.

Everything will be posted at www.cifccs.org by 3 p.m.


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