Nine local teams still have some basketball games to play

While the Central Coast Section championship games this past weekend saw four local basketball team lose, it wasn't the end of their respective seasons.

The Menlo-Atherton and Priory boys, plus the Gunn and Castilleja girls all remain in action for the start of this week's CIF NorCal playoffs that get under way Wednesday.

Menlo-Atherton (18-9), which dropped a tough 43-41 decision to Bellarmine in the CCS Division I finals on Friday, received the No. 11 seed and will open at No. 5 Rodriguez (26-3) of Fairfield at 7 p.m.

Priory (16-10), which lost to Pinewood, 47-46, in the CCS Division V finals, is the No. 9 seed for NorCals and will face No. 8 SF University (24-7) at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco at 6 p.m.

Gunn (10-8), a 39-38 loser to North Salinas in the girls' Division I title game, gets a new start on Wednesday by visiting No. 5 McClatchy (25-4) of Sacramento at 7 p.m. The Titans are the No. 12 seed.

And, Castilleja (20-10), a 49-40 loser to Menlo School in the CCS Division I finals, also will open NorCals on the road -- facing No. 6 Piedmont (19-9) in Oakland at 7 p.m.

The Sacred Heart Prep and Pinewood boys plus the Menlo girls, meanwhile, will open at home on Wednesday following their victories in CCS title games this past weekend.

The Gators (20-7) received the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Colfax (17-13) at 7 p.m. SHP earned the home opener with a 48-37 victory over Harker in the CCS Division IV finals Saturday.

The Panthers (23-4) received the No. 7 seed in Division V and will host No. 10 Forest Lake Christian (25-4) of Auburn while the Nop. 8-seeded Knights (18-11) will play down the road from SHP on Wednesday, hosting No. 9 Cardinal Newman (23-7) of Santa Rosa.

The Pinewood and Eastside Prep girls, meanwhile, are back in Division V for NorCals after playing in the CCS Open Division last week.

Eastside Prep (18-10) is the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Central Catholic (17-10) of Modesto. Pinewood (26-3) is the No. 2 seed and earned a bye into Saturday's second round. Pinewood will face the winner of No. 7 Valley Christian-Dublin (26-4) and No. 10 Durham (23-4).

The highest-seeded teams will host during the first three rounds before the championship games are moved off site. The Division I finals will be at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento while the Division IV and V finales will be played at American Canyon High.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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