Three boys’ and three girls’ basketball teams from local Catholic schools won their first-round games March 7 in the Southern California Regional Playoffs, part of the CIF State Basketball Tournament.
Crespi, Bishop Amat and St. Anthony advanced to round 2 in the boys’ playoffs, while Serra, Alemany and Bishop Montgomery did likewise on the girls’ side. St. John Bosco also gained entry to the boys’ second round with a first-round bye, while Santa Margarita’s first-round boys’ game was delayed until March 8.
The Open Division brackets in boys’ and girls’ basketball commences play March 9. The boys’ tournament games feature No. 1 Mater Dei vs. No. 8 Fairfax, and No. 3 Bishop Montgomery vs. No. 6 Mission Bay. The girls’ Open Division finds No. 7 Mater Dei vs. No. 2 Clovis West.
All regional semifinals are March 13, regional finals March 17, and state finals March 23 and 24.
Three of the four Catholic teams in Division 1 advanced to the second round on March 10 with first-round victories, highlighted by Alemany’s come-from-behind 53-47 win over West Torrance. The 10th-seeded Warriors, trailing by four entering the fourth quarter, outscored West Torrance 16-6 to pull away and earn the right to meet second-seeded Serra of Gardena, a 72-41 conqueror of Eagle Rock.
Top-seeded Bishop Montgomery outlasted El Camino Real 63-56, and will face eighth-seeded Granada Hills Charter, which beat Chaminade 49-38.
In Division IV first-round action, Immanuel beat Providence/Burbank 75-36. In Division V, Gardena beat St. Pius X-St. Matthias 46-33, and Porterville defeated Santa Clara 59-50.
In first-round Division I action, third-seeded Crespi beat Bakersfield 72-53, and will play sixth-seeded Chino Hills in round 2. Top-seeded St. John Bosco (1) meets ninth-seeded Long Beach Poly, and the Santa Margarita-Rancho Verde winner plays fourth-seeded Rancho Christian.
In Division III, fifth-seeded St. Anthony downed Buena 76-53, and 10th-seeded Bishop Amat outscored Twenty-Nine Palms 82-75. St. Anthony plays fourth-seeded Knight, and Bishop Amat takes on second-seeded University in round 2.
In Division IV, King-Drew beat St. Bonaventure 60-50, and in Division V it was Duarte 81, St. Monica Academy 32.