NCS basketball brackets (all divisions now posted)

Good morning all and welcome to Selection Sunday in the North Coast Section. The brackets for the basketball playoffs should be getting released in the next couple of hours and I’ll be posting them here as they get released. You can of course also follow their release on the NCS web site. Any questions or comments, feel free to post them and I’ll aim to reply.

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Three Bay Area boys, plus one girl, make McDonald’s All-American Game

The Bay Area will have a record three boys participants in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game that takes place April 3 in Chicago.
Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon and Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee were all selected to the West squad, it was announced Thursday. It’s the first time the Bay Area has had more than one boys selection in the game that dates back to 1978. There have only been six local players total in the previous 35 years.
The Bay Area also had one girls selection as Bishop O’Dowd forward Oderah Chidom, who has signed with Duke, was selected to play for the West squad.


McDonald’s All-American announcement tomorrow

It’s an exciting day locally tomorrow when the participants for the McDonald’s All-American Game are announced. Three local boys basketball players are expected to be among those selected to the West team when its announced at 2 p.m. tomorrow on ESPNU. That’s Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, Salesian’s Jabari Bird and Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee. How big of a deal is it for the Bay Area to have three players selected? Well, if it happens, those three will constitute exactly one-third of the players who have EVER been selected from the Bay.

The previous six (and I’m including Brandon Ashley in this, even though he left for Findlay Prep for his senior year) are:

Brandon Ashley, Findlay Prep (formerly Bishop O’Dowd), 2012
Leon Powe, Oakland Tech, 2003
Ray Young, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1998
Darnell Robinson, Emery, 1993
Jason Kidd, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1992
Calvin Byrd, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1989


NCS boys basketball bracketology

It’s the last week of the regular season in the North Coast Section, so let’s take a look at how the playoff brackets are shaping up. I’m not going to get into predicted the order of the seeding. If recent history is any indicator, the seeding will be completely unpredictable anyway. But I will provide an idea of who should be competing for a title when the playoffs begin next week. Remember, teams need to be above .500 (not at .500 like in football) in either their overall or league record or in games within the division (and for out of section teams, if the school’s enrollment would place them in their division, they can count those games).

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East Bay boys basketball poll — 2/11

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (5) 23-3 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 20-3 70 2
3. De La Salle 21-3 63 4
4. Deer Valley 19-5 62 3
5. El Cerrito 17-8 55 5
6. Newark Memorial 17-7 50 6
7. Dublin 20-4 45 7
8. San Leandro 20-4 40 9
9. McClymonds 16-7 34 10
10. Monte Vista 18-6 31 8
11. Freedom 17-7 25 12
12. Heritage 19-5 20 13
13. College Park 21-4 14 14
t14. Campolindo 17-7 8 11
t14. Oakland Tech 17-6 8 15

Also receiving votes: None.  Records are through Sunday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


Revision to Oakland Section playoffs

The Oakland Section has revised its playoff system for this season, creating a new way to determine which two teams earn the section’s bids to the NorCal playoffs.

The teams from the Oakland Athletic League will still compete under the same format. No. 3 will play No. 6 and No. 4 will play No. 5 in the first round of the playoffs. The 3/6 winner advances to face No. 2 and the 4/5 winner plays No. 1 in the semifinals and those winners meet in the championship game.

The tweak comes in that the loser of the OAL championship game will then meet the champion of the Bay Area Charter School Athletic Conference. The winner of that game earns the Oakland Section’s second NorCal berth. The BACSAC is a league made up of school East Bay charter schools that a few years ago were added to the Oakland Section. For more info on the league, visit www.bacsac.org.

The dates for all of these games are: First round — Saturday, Feb. 23; Semifinals — Tuesday, Feb. 26; OAL championship — Thursday, Feb. 28; BACSAC champ vs. OAL runner-up — Saturday, March 2



East Bay boys basketball poll — 1/28

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (5) 18-3 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 16-3 70 2
3. Deer Valley 16-4 65 3
4. De La Salle 16-3 56 4
5. El Cerrito 16-7 55 t5
6. Newark Memorial 12-7 49 t5
7. Dublin 15-4 46 t7
8. Monte Vista 16-4 44 t7
9. San Leandro 16-4 35 9
10. McClymonds 12-7 29 10
11. Campolindo 14-5 26 11
12. Freedom 14-6 20 15
13. Heritage 15-5 13 14
14. College Park 17-4 7 NR
15. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-9 6 12

Also receiving votes: Mt. Eden (16-4, 4 points).  Records are through Sunday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


East Bay boys basketball poll — 1/22

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (5) 16-3 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 14-3 70 2
3. Deer Valley 14-4 65 3
4. De La Salle 14-3 53 5
t5. El Cerrito 14-7 52 6
t5. Newark Memorial 10-7 52 7
t7. Dublin 14-4 46 11
t7. Monte Vista 14-4 46 4
9. San Leandro 13-4 36 10
10. McClymonds 11-7 28 9
11. Campolindo 12-5 26 8
12. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-7 20 13
13. Mt. Eden 15-3 14 15
14. Heritage 15-4 12 14
15. Freedom 12-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Monday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


Piedmont’s MLK Memorial

In addition to the events being held on Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday, Piedmont High is hosting its usual event two days before on Saturday. Here’s that lineup of games:
Noon: College Prep vs.Marin Academy
1:30 p.m.: Acalanes vs. Liberty
3:15 p.m.: St. Mary’s vs. Moreau Catholic
5 p.m.: Piedmont vs. Marin Catholic
6:30 p.m.: Mt. Eden vs. Montgomery
8 p.m. Miramonte vs. San Marin

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children or students and free for Piedmont High students with ID card.


MLK “I Have a Dream” Classic info

The Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” Classic showcases each of the Oakland Athletic League boys basketball teams. It’s on Monday, Jan. 21 and this year will be played at Oakland’s Merritt College. Here’s the slate of games:

Noon: Fremont vs. Kipp King

1:30 p.m.: Castlemont vs. Grant, Sacramento

3 p.m.: Skyline vs. University-San Francisco

4:30 p.m.: Oakland Tech vs. Pinole Valley

6 p.m.: Oakland vs. Castro Valley

7:30 p.m.: McClymonds vs. San Leandro

Admission is $10 for adults. Ages 6-17 are $5 and children 5-and-under are free.