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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

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.