The Central Coast Section basketball playoffs were seeded Wednesday with not a whole lot of surprises for local teams. Not a whole lot of controversy either, other than the Palo Alto boys being the odd team out when it came time to pick the eight teams for the Open Division.
There were nine teams considered for those eight spots and Paly (20-4, 12-0) was not included, instead receiving the No. 1 seed in Division I.
“Most of the players are real bummed out,’’ senior forward Jamir Shepard said. “Because of all our success, only losing four games, we felt we deserved an Open spot.
“But now, being number one in Division I feels pretty good. We get two games off, get more preparation, and we’re looking forward to coming out and winning another CCS championship.’’
The Paly boys are the defending CCS Division I champions.
Palo Alto also received the No. 1 seed in girls Division I. The CCS playoffs begin Friday, but both Palo Alto teams are not in action for their first games until Tuesday.
In the boys Open Division, Menlo-Atherton (21-3) received the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 Serra on Friday at 7 p.m. at Fremont High in a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup that M-A won.
Also in the boys Open, Sacred Heart Prep (21-3) received the No. 6 seed, and as a reward gets to play No. 3 Bellarmine on Friday at 7 p.m. at Santa Clara High. Menlo School (20-4), the No. 8 seed, plays top seed Mitty at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Clara in a rematch of the season-opening game that Mitty won 72-41.
In the girls Open, as expected Pinewood got the No. 2 seed and Menlo No. 3. Sacred Heart Prep, in a little bit of a surprise, received the No. 7 seed and will play Pinewood on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Gunn for the third time this season (Pinewood won the first two games).
SHP was seeded ahead of Lynbrook, even though Lynbrook won a head-to-head matchup in a season opener. Menlo will play No. 6 Sacred Heart Cathedral in the nightcap at Gunn, 7 p.m. Friday.
Once the Open Division fields were set, the other five divisions were seeded on the basis of enrollment, which resulted in both the boys and girls teams from Priory being seeded No. 1 in Division V. If a competitive equity model had been used, like the CCS did for football, the Priory girls would have most likely been a high seed in Division I.
The top four seeds in all five enrollment divisions received byes the first two rounds and don’t play until Tuesday. The bottom seeds in each division engage in play-in games Friday with the winners taking on the Nos. 5 through 8 seeds in the second round on Saturday.
Local teams in action Friday (all games 7 p.m. unless indicated) include the Gunn boys (10-14), who play at No. 11 San Mateo in Division II. In boys Division V, Mid-Peninsula plays at No. 9 Nueva. In girls Division V, No. 11 seed Castilleja hosts Summit Tahoma and No. 12 Kehillah plays at Cristo Rey in a 3 p.m. start.
The Menlo-Atherton girls (No. 3 seed in Division I), the Woodside boys (No. 4 in Div. II) and Eastside boys (No. 4 in Div, V) will all see their first action Tuesday. The Woodside girls received a No. 8 seed in the 11-team Division II bracket and will host No. 9 Pioneer on Saturday. The Pinewood boys got a 6 seed in Division V and will play the University Prep-Pacific Collegiate winner on Saturday.