|Northern California basketball seeding thoughts|
On the Sunday after all 10 high school sections in California have declared their basketball champions, section commissioners from Northern California are meeting in Sacramento while their Southern California counterparts are somewhere in the south to seed the regional basketball tournaments.
Meanwhile, coaches, players, fans and school administrators from teams who qualified to be in the regionals anxiously await the outcome of those meetings.
Don’t expect to learn anything official until sometime after the Sunday night dinner. However, one can offer educated opinions, based on what is known, on what could be the fate of the teams. Let me share my thoughts what could happen to the Half Moon Bay High School boys basketball team.
First, the Cougars will be the highest seeded team from the Central Coast Section. While the Cougars placed sixth in the CCS’ Open Division, it was the highest finish among Division IV teams. Half Moon Bay will not be in the Regional Open Division.
Thanks to being the highest CCS ranked team, Half Moon Bay will host someone at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
The question is whether Half Moon Bay will be seeded high enough to get two home games. While I am not guaranteeing it, I like the chances.
Moreau Catholic, the North Coast Section champions, who beat Half Moon Bay this year, should be the No. 1 seed in Division IV, unless it gets moved up the Open Division. I think those chances are very slim, at best. The NCS runner-ups, Salesian, I think will be the No. 2 seed.
Now, here is where Half Moon Bay gets into the conversation. As the top CCS team with a solid resume, I think the Cougars will get the No. 3 seed over Sac-Joaquin Section champion Natomas and Northern Section champion Corning. That spot will also assure the Cougars of a 6 p.m. Saturday game at home as well.
Who could be coming to Half Moon Bay Wednesday? Either Marshall, the San Francisco Section runner-ups, Gridley, the Northern Section runner-ups, or Colfax, a Sac-Joaquin Section semifinalist.