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Newman doesn’t think its loss to Piner affected seeding

Cardinal Newman coach Tom Bonfigli believes his team’s loss to Piner on Saturday night had no effect on the North Coast Section Division IV playoff seeding. Here’s what he told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

“If we had beaten Piner, I honestly don’t think it would have changed,” said Bonfigli, coaching his 27th season. “(According to the NCS) anybody north of San Francisco can’t play basketball. It’s never going to change, it’s a fact of life.”

It would’ve been an interesting scenario had Newman finished unbeaten because I know seeding committees always like unbeaten teams. And it would’ve given Newman something to complain about had they still been seeded third, which I believe is the correct spot whether or not they lost just because of the quality of competition that St. Mary’s and Salesian play. The loss essentially took away any argument Newman had for the top seed.

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • Kyle Bonagura

    Let’s use this decade as a guide.

    Division-I, 9 of 9 are East Bay, but so are all the D-I teams, so we move along.

    Division-II: 7 of 9 NCS champs are East Bay. Montgomery won in ’03 and ’06.

    Division-III: 8 of 9 NCS champs are East Bay. Del Norte won in 2002.

    Division-IV: 6 of 9 NCS champs are East Bay (5 of last 6). Marin Catholic won in ’02 and ’05. Tamalpais in 2000.

    Division-V: Branson has dominated with 7. Plus Hoopa Valley in ’03 and SF University in ’02.

    In 2007, when CN went to the state title game (and lost 70-34 to Jrue Holiday and Cambell Hall) it didn’t even win the NCS title. The last time the Cards won NCS was 1993, until they win again they should be happy with getting to host through the entire tournament until the netural site championship. Especially when the team that got the No. 2 (St Marys) is the defending champs and state runner up.

  • Kevin

    Good point that the majority of the championship teams in D2 – 4 are from the east bay, but also consider the population difference between the east bay and north bays. Odds are definitely in favor of east bay. Anyway, looking forward to very competitive NCS playoffs.

  • Kyle Bonagura

    The population difference is absolutely a factor.

    Bonfigli has to own up to putting together a very easy schedule. That’s the reason CN fell to No. 3.

    El Molino, Fort Bragg, Jordan-SF? Come on.

    In the mean time Salesian and St. Mary’s were playing the likes of Newark Memorial, Monte Vista, Sacred Heart, Hayward Las Lomas, Modesto Christian, Wood, Sheldon, Miramonte, Castlemont, Mitty … the list goes on.