Div. I-AA field is ‘murderer’s row’

first_img “Winning a title is always difficult, but this year it’s going to be harder because you have the best of the best in this division,” he said. “It`s an all-star lineup.” Westlake (19-7) faces Downey (16-12) in the first round, and top-seeded Mater Dei of Santa Ana (24-3) looms. Fifth-seeded Compton Dominguez (22-5) awaits the winner of the game between Mission League champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (21-5) and Calabasas (14-12), the fourth-place finisher in the Marmonte League. “This is a legitimate division, make no mistake about it,” said coach Bryan Cantwell of Chaminade of West Hills (16-11), which plays at Mission Viejo (21-5), the ninth seed. “Having all the top programs in oneplace, one division, makes for an interesting postseason. “This is high-level basketball. No one is afraid, though. Artesia and Mater Dei are good. … But anything can happen in the playoffs.” Campbell Hall of North Hollywood (23-1), the Daily News’ top-ranked team, was awarded the top seed in Div. III-AA. The Vikings received a first-round bye and will play the winner of the game between LaPuente (15-9) and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (14-12). Third-seeded La Canada (24-2) is on the other side of the Div. III-AA bracket and a semifinal showdown with second-seeded Price of LosAngeles (23-4) is a possibility. Palmdale (21-5) and Knight of Palmdale (24-3) received the top two seeds in Div. II-A. Renaissance Academy of Los Angeles (23-1) is the second seed in Div. III-A. Rosamond (19-6) and Desert of Edwards Air Force Base (18-2) are the top seeds in Div. V-A. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You look at this bracket and go. … it’s a murderer’s row,” Simi Valley coach Christian Aurand said. “This has to be the toughest division I’ve ever seen.” Crespi coach Russell White agreed. center_img The Southern Section announced the pairings for the boys’ basketball playoffs Sunday afternoon and it appears as if some the more interesting matchups are in Division I-AA, where several area teams reside along with quite a few Southern California powerhouses. One of the more intriguing first-round games Friday is Simi Valley (20-6) against Crespi of Encino (16-11). The winner has the unenviable task of facing second-seeded Artesia of Lakewood (24-2) in the second round. last_img
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