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February 25, 2009 > NCS seeds set for boys and girls basketball

NCS seeds set for boys and girls basketball

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Editor's Note: NCS play began one day prior to TCV's release date.

The North Coast Section (NCS) committee met on Sunday morning to announce the seeds for its tournament, Divisions I-VI, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 24.

In Division VI, Bay Counties League (BCL) champions on the girls side, Fremont Christian were placed as the No. 4 seed. With a top-four seed, they received a first-round bye, and will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of No. 5 St. Bernard Catholic and No. 12 Contra Costa Christian.

California School for the Deaf girls and boys both made it to the Division VI NCS tournament as at-large bids. The girls, who lost to eventual BCL champions, Fremont Christian, in the semifinals, received a No. 11 seed. They will host No. 6 El Sobrante Christian on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. CSD boys, who also lost to Fremont Christian in the BCL semifinals, made it as a No. 8 seed, and will host No. 9 Point Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m.

Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) girls runner up, Moreau Catholic (21-5, 12-2) received the No. 3 seed in Division IV. They have a first-round bye, and will host the winner of No. 6 Fortuna and No. 11 Healdsburg (February 25, 8 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

HAAL fourth-place finisher, Hayward High (17-7, 11-3) received an at-large entry into the Division II bracket as the No. 1 seed. They begin their tournament at home on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. versus the first-round winner of No. 8 Alameda and No. 9 Clayton Valley (February 24, 6:30 p.m.).

Division I is well represented by Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) teams on both the boys and girls brackets. For the boys, James Logan drew a No. 8 seed as an at-large bid. They host No. 9 San Ramon Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

MVAL boys champions, Newark Memorial, received a No. 4 seed for their championship run. After a first-round bye, they will take on the winner of No. 5 Berkeley and No. 12 Freedom (February 24, 7:30 p.m.) at Newark on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

In the girls bracket, James Logan notched a No. 9 seed and will travel to No. 8 California High for a Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. showdown, with the winner to take on No. 1 Monte Vista Friday night.

Newark Memorial girls, like the boys, received a No. 4 seed for their MVAL championship run. They will host a second-round game on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. versus the winner of No. 5 Granada and No. 12 Antioch (February 24, 7:30 p.m.).

Mission San Jose (No. 10) and American (No. 6) will both host first-round games on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Mission will take on No. 7 San Ramon Valley for the right to play No. 2 Deer Valley on Friday night, Feb. 27, at 7:30; American hosts No. 11 Santa Rosa, with the winner to take on No. 3 Berkeley on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

For the complete bracket for all divisions in the NCS basketball tournaments, visit www.cifncs.org.

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