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March 10, 201324 boys and girls squads remain in the 2012-2013 season as we reach the semi-finals. Oak Ridge picked up its second win in the Bay Area while St. Francis knocked off No. 2 seed Antelope.
Open Division: Mitty beats Newark Memorial 63-51
The semi-finals are set and headlined with Sheldon taking on Salesian on Albany High School. The Pride won the regular season meeting and hasn't lost to a Northern California team since 2011. These two teams have been ranked in the top two spots for more than a month. Mitty will host Modesto Christian in the semi-final after the Monarchs overcame an early deficit to Newark Memorial.
Division I: Deer Valley beats Freedom 83-69, Bellarmine beats McClymonds 64-46, De La Salle 43-39, Pleasant Grove beats Piedmont 60-36
De La Salle was the only road team to win on Saturday in beating North Coast Section top seed San Leandro at Chabot College. The Spartans stay on the road in taking on Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up Pleasant Grove on Tuesday while Deer Valley faces Bellarmine. The Bells are a part of a strong overall showing by the West Catholic Athletic League.
Division II: Dublin beats El Camino-San Francisco 86-75, Sacramento beats Grant 77-52, College Park 67-59, St. Francis-Mountain View 61-59.
No. 2 seed Antelope, playing without Isaiah Ellis, fell at home in its NorCal opener for the second straight year. No. 11 College Park continued its impressive run through the NorCals with a 67-59 road win against Mt. Eden while Sacramento avenged a section playoff loss against Grant with a 77-52 road victory. The Dragons will face Dublin on Tuesday in a rematch of a meeting at the Gridley Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Division III: Sacred Heart Cathedral beats San Marin 68-48, Drake beats Shasta 58-48, Enterprise beats Weston Ranch 70-59, Campolindo beats El Cerrito 69-65 (OT)
Campolindo's run continues after its second win for El Cerrito. The Cougars will make the long trip to Redding and take on the lone remaining team from the Northern Section (Enterprise). Top seed Sacred Heart Cathedral moves on with a 20 point win as the defending Division III champions. Four of the top five seeds advance to the semi-finals.
Division IV: Cardinal Newman beats Corning 54-37, Soquel beats Orland 63-42, Marin Catholic beats Menlo 52-45, Riordan beats Liberty Ranch 57-42.
Cardinal Newman and Riordan remain on a collision course to a possible NorCal final, but they will have resistance on Tuesday. Soquel went 2-1 in the Central Coast Section Open Division and has wins over Colfax and Orland. It has scored 63 points in each game. Marin Catholic has a pair of home wins versus Riverbank and Menlo and will travel to Riordan this week.
Division V: St. Joseph beats Liberty Christian 65-40, Branson beats Brookside Christian 62-54, University beats Central Catholic 79-69, Capital Christian beats Head-Royce 79-59.
The top four seeds moved on, led by top seeds St. Joseph and Capital Christian. The Pilots will have to deal with a familiar foe in Branson while Capital Christian will try to use its athleticism to counter the shooting of University. This division has been St. Joseph and Capital Christian all year, but will the expected final be spoiled?
Open Division: Carondelet beats Mitty 89-69
In the last Open Division quarterfinal, Natalie Romeo had 34 points to lead the Cougars to the win and a date with St. Mary's-Stockton on Tuesday. St. Mary's-Berkeley and Bishop O'Dowd make up the other semi-final and marks a rematch of a January contest won by the Dragons. All four remaining teams are ranked in the NCP Top 5.
Division I: Gunn beats Monte Vista 45-41, Berkeley beats McClymonds 54-44, Heritage beats Lowell 67-45, Oak Ridge beats Wilcox 52-40
For the second time in four days, Oak Ridge traveled to the Bay Area and beat a higher seed after a 12 point win over Wilcox. The Trojans will make one more Bay Area trip to take on Heritage after the Patriots beat them on January 26. Berkeley and Gunn is the other semi-final after Gunn upset No. 1 Monte Vista (NCS champion).
Division II: St. Francis-Mountain View beats Dublin 50-41, Florin beats Montgomery 41-37, Lynbrook beats Alameda 47-39, Presentation beats Clayton Valley 58-50
Presentation entered the NorCal playoffs with a 13-15 record, but has wins over Del Oro and Clayton Valley. It will face Lynbrook in one semi-final while St. Francis will host Florin in the other semi-final. The CCS boasts three of the four semi-finalists in a division that is lacking Mitty, Carondelet and Sacramento.
Division III: Sacred Heart Cathedral beats Kennedy-Richmond 86-70, Campolindo beats Christian Brothers 57-55, Enterprise beats Modesto Christian 43-29, St. Ignatius beats Vanden 57-53
Campolindo knocked out SJS champion Christian Brothers and Enterprise remained the only Northern Section girls team in NorCals with a 14 point win over Modesto Christian. City rivals Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius will host semi-final games as the top two seeds.
Division IV: Salesian beats Sacred Heart Prep 74-43, Menlo beats Bear River 53-38, Piedmont beats Argonaut 48-45, Bradshaw Christian 44-34
Top seeded Salesian will take on USC bound post Drew Edelman and Menlo in an intriguing semi-final. Bradshaw Christian will face Piedmont in a 2-3 matchup after Piedmont knocked out 30 win Argonaut on Saturday.
Division V: Eastside Prep beats Capital Christian 53-42, International beats Turlock Christian 61-47, Pinewood beats San Domenico 52-22, Valley Christian-Dublin beats Pacific Collegiate 59-52
Valley Christian has 31 wins, International is at 29 and Eastside Prep and Pinewood each played in the CCS Open Division. This makes for a pair of interesting semi-finals with two teams each from the CCS and the NCS. Eastside Prep remains the favorite in the bracket with Brookside Christian being pushed to the Open Division.