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HMB could be home for the playoffs

While the rest of us can enjoy this relaxing Sunday, the six Northern California section commissioners are in an office in Sacramento attempting to the seed the regional basketball tournament, that start this week.

The six will seed all 12 divisions, six for each gender.

By dinnertime, we should all know the fate of the Half Moon Bay boys team.

Before we can discuss the Cougars, here are some facts.

Division IV, based entirely on enrollment, should have 14 teams. Half Moon Bay is one of four teams from the Central Coast Section, joined by Sacred Heart Prep, Palma and Santa Cruz. The latter won the CCS Division IV title Saturday. Sacred Heart, Palma and Half Moon Bay were in the Open Division, and will be seeded in that order. Santa Cruz is the fourth and final CCS team to be seeded.

Representing the North Coast Section, teams from the East Bay and North Bay are section champion Marin Catholic, runner-up Cardinal Newman and semifinalists St. Patrick/St. Vincent and St. Mary’s.

Coming from the Sac-Joaquin Section, covering the greater Sacramento area, are section champion Capital Christian, runner-up Liberty Ranch and semifinalists West Campus and Mesa Verde.

Finally, from the Northern Section, covering the Redding and Chico areas are champion Anderson and runner-up Lassen. That section only sends two teams to the regionals.

Capital Christian, with an impressive resume, could go to the Open Division. If that happens, Half Moon Bay has a very good chance of hosting someone Wednesday.

But if Capital Christian stays in Division IV, Half Moon Bay could still host a first-round game, though it will be challenging.

By the time Half Moon Bay’s name gets put in the hat, Marin Catholic, Cardinal Newman, Capital Christian (if it stays in Division IV), Sacred Heart Prep and Palma will be seeded.

Half Moon Bay, St. Patrick/St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, Liberty Ranch and Anderson will be in contention for those last home sites.

Of the remaining teams, Half Moon Bay is the second lowest ranked team, well ahead of Anderson.

However, thanks to its six-point win over St. Patrick/St. Vincent, I foresee Half Moon Bay hosting a game Wednesday.

As for its opponent, I can’t say.


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