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Thanks to its 46-41 loss to Menlo School in the Central Coast Section Division IV boys basketball final Friday, the projections for what could Half Moon Bay at Sunday’s Northern California seeding meeting are hard to figure.
All I know that there will be 14 teams on the board, four from the Central Coast Section, four from the North Coast Section, four from the Sac-Joaquin Section and two from the Northern Section.
But, by the time the division is seeded, it will be a 13-team bracket. That is a Tony Bruno special lead pipe lock. Salesian, from the North Coast Section, one of the top ranked teams in the state, will be placed in the newly formed Open Division. Another lock is that the top two seeds in the NorCal Division IV Tournament will be Riordan from San Francisco and Cardinal Newman from Santa Rosa.
The rest of the seeding is all guess work. I can’t really say much since the other three sections will contend for their respective Division IV titles Saturday. But I can provide educated guesses.
I’m thinking Menlo will be a No. 3 seed. The Sac-Joaquin Section champion will be No. 4 and the Northern Section champion gets No. 5.
Soquel, who was in the CCS Open Division with Riordan, will be No. 7, avoiding meeting Menlo in the second round. I see the No. 6 seed as the runner-up from the Sac-Joaquin.
Thus comes the question of what to do with the remaining six teams, trying to avoid them meeting their section mate in the second round. I think Half Moon Bay will have to go on the road, most likely to either the winner of the Northern Section or the winner of the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Following the conclusion of Saturday's games, we will know who the section champions are.