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CCS basketball seeding thoughts

The Peninsula Athletic League Basketball Tournament concludes tonight, and there will be some folks from Half Moon Bay High School at Sequoia to watch the games.

McKenna Hilton, Enrico Nuño and Corey Cilia will be on hand to receive their first-team all-league certificates.

Then, on Sunday, nearly every person who has some interest in the Central Coast Section Basketball Tournament will be positioned in front of a computer or something else to learn who their favorite teams will be playing, when and where.

For the first time ever, the seeding meeting is closed to the public. Only CCS officials and league reps will be at the meeting. I will be the only journalist there, updating the brackets on my Half Moon Bay Review blog.

Also, for the first time since the tournament went from three divisions to five divisions, an Open Division has been created, putting the top eight teams in section, regardless of school population, together. The eight get automatic bids to the Northern California Tournament, either in that tournament’s Open Division or in the school-division based population.

Let’s first talk about I what I think will happen with the Half Moon Bay girls team in Division IV, since the girls bracket will be seeded first thing in the morning.

I think Soquel will be in the Open Division. If not, it will be the top seed in Division IV. Joining Soquel in the top four will be Menlo School, Gunderson and Sacred Heart Prep. If Soquel is in the Open Division, I see Scotts Valley as the fourth seed.

Seaside, Monte Vista Christian, Mercy of San Francisco and Half Moon Bay will contend for the next four spots. I think Half Moon Bay will be either seven or eight.

As for the Half Moon Bay boys team, I think the Cougars will be one of the top five seeded teams in Division IV. Riordan, who would have been a favorite in that division, will be moved up to the Open Division, making the competition pretty interesting. I see Menlo School as the top seed, thanks to its one-point win over Half Moon Bay in December.

Half Moon Bay will contend with the 2-4 spots with Soquel and Seaside. Once Seaside is seeded, Palma joins the conversation. According to section by-laws, one team per league can be on the board at a time. Seaside was in second in the Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division, that league’s power league. San Benito, ticketed for the Open Division, won the league with Palma third.

It should make for a fun day.


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