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CCS basketball seeding thoughts

The day has finally come when Central Coast Section basketball teams see who gets to play whom for the chance to win a title and a spot in the Northern California Playoffs.

For the second straight year, the seeding meeting is closed to the public. Thus, many coaches can sleep in instead of driving to South San Jose early Sunday morning.

For the first time, the brackets for all 12 divisions will be announced on a web cast. The broadcast, to be done by Play On Sports, can be found at Web Link.

Shortly after the brackets are announced, they will be posted on the CCS website, www.cifccs.org

The broadcast begins at noon and should last up to 90 minutes.

As for both of Half Moon Bay’s teams, here’s my opinion on what I think will happen.

On the boys side, it was pretty much a lock going into last week that would Half Moon Bay would be in the Open Division, guaranteed of playing two games and going to the Northern California playoffs. With the Cougars losing to Mills, 53-48 in overtime in the Peninsula Athletic League Tournament semifinals Friday, some doubt has crept into whether the Cougars are Open bound or Division IV bound.

I say Half Moon Bay will be in the Open.

A league is allowed to have a maximum of four teams in the Open Division. A population-based division can have up to three teams.

Both criteria will make for an interesting conversation. The West Catholic Athletic League has five teams who can be in the Open Division. Mitty, Serra and St. Ignatius should be in, closing the Division II entries. The fourth team could either be Sacred Heart Cathedral or Riordan, both Division III teams. Riordan had the better regular season while Sacred Heart went to the league finals, beating Riordan and Serra along the way. Go with Riordan since it finished fourth, a spot ahead of Sacred Heart.

Whichever of those two teams get in, the second Division III team to get in will be Burlingame. The Panthers impressive resume is highlighted by a win over Serra.

The third Division III team could either be Santa Cruz or Mills.

Piedmont Hills from Division I will be the seventh team. The latest rankings have Half Moon Bay placed ahead of the Pirates. Half Moon Bay gets the eighth and final Open spot based on its strong resume, including wins over Burlingame and Marin Catholic.

As for Half Moon Bay girls, I see the Cougars in the field of 16. I don’t think Half Moon Bay will be a top-8 seed. Thus, expect the Cougars to play Tuesday. With CCS wanting to reduce some travel time, I expect to see Half Moon Bay playing Mercy of Burlingame. The winner of the game will have to travel somewhere south, with the shortest trip being to the King’s Academy in Sunnyvale and the longest to Pacific Grove.


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