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Live from Arco Arena: CIF state championship basketball games — Day 2

The road ends here for the only 12 teams still playing high school basketball in California. Here’s the rundown of the action to watch today. We’ll bring you all the action live from Arco Arena.

Division IV girls: Mater Dei Catholic-Chula Vista 54, Modesto Christian 51
Division IV boys: Salesian 65, Bishop Montgomery-Torrence 64
Division III girls: St. Mary’s-Stockton 71, Inglewood 62
Division III boys: Sacred Heart Cathedral 62, Ocean View-Huntington Beach 55
Division I girls: Long Beach Poly 57, Monte Vista 33
Division I boys: Westchester-Los Angeles 49, McClymonds 31

Here’s a look at Friday’s scores:
Division V boys: Windward-Los Angeles 69, St. Joseph Notre Dame 53
Division V girls: Bellarmine-Jefferson-Burbank 55, Pinewood-Los Altos Hills 47
Division II girls: Brea Olinda 68, Carondelet 45
Division II boys: Eisenhower-Rialto 73, Rocklin 61

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LIVE: CIF State Basketball Championships (Day 1)

The Road to Arco finally reaches its end today for the Division II and Division V brackets. The St. Joseph Notre Dame boys will get it all started with a 1:30 p.m. tipoff against Windward-Los Angeles. Then at 6 p.m., Carondelet plays in its first state final in the Post-Jayne Era. We’ll be here with detailed play-by-play and conversation during both games. And we might just throw in occasional updates on Friday’s other two games, as well. So if you’re still stuck in your cubicle and can’t make it up to the capital, stick with us. 

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Mack returns donations to Monte Vista, others

A story that generated lots of e-mails to myself and phone calls and e-mails to those involved over the past day has an added development. The Oakland Unified School District now says it will cover the costs for McClymonds to spend the weekend in Sacramento for Saturday night’s CIF Division I state championship game against Westchester-Los Angeles and Mack will be returning the donations to Monte Vista and others. The district says a miscommunication left Mack thinking there wasn’t money to cover the costs. OAL commissioner Michael Moore Sr. said in previous years the standard practice was for teams to scrape together money to cover these types of costs, but this year the OUSD wanted to and was planning to cover the costs itself although because it hadn’t been done before, Mack coach Brandon Brooks “didn’t have any way of knowing we were going to pay for it.”

Monte Vista, which lost to Mack 46-43 in Saturday’s NorCal title game, had learned of Mack’s lack of funds and raised $1,100 to help pay for the Warriors accommodations.

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Live blogging for all the action at Arco Arena

Can’t make it to Arco Arena for this week’s CIF state championship basketball games? Fear not, myself and Chace Bryson will have you covered with live blogs from every game over the next two days. That’s right, we’ll provide blow by blow action of every game — even the non-locals. So make sure you consider this the spot to be for state championship action.