Crystal Springs Uplands defeated visiting Mid-Peninsula 63-45 in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division V boys basketball playoffs Monday.
The Gryphons (4-13) beat the Dragons 56-43 in a non-league game earlier in the season. CSUS plays at No. 1 seed Pinewood at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mid-Peninsula (7-5) finished the regular season with a six-game winning streak to win its division of the Private Schools Athletic League, earning the No. 5 seed into the CCS tournament.
The Dragons are losing several of their top players to graduation, including Sebastian Strachan, Andries Castellano and Taylor Young.
Strachan averaged nearly 16 points and seven rebounds a game, while Castellano averaged a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.6 rebounds. Young contributed nearly six points and six rebounds.
Strachan scored a season-high 29 points in a game with Kehillah Jewish. He added another 26 points in a win over East Palo Alto Academy. Kehillah sophomore Zach Berman also recorded his season-high in points that game, with 23.
Dragons' sophomore Mason Ackerman recorded his only double-double of the season against Kehillah, though he added a double-digit rebounding game against the Bulldogs.
Young also had a double-double, in Mid-Peninsula's regular season finale, a 66-58 victory over Apostles Lutheran. The 5-10 forward went for 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Castellano recorded four double-doubles for the Dragons, with highs of 17 points against the Falcons and 16 rebounds against Latino Prep. He accumulated 17 blocked shot on the season as well.
Junior Noah Takatsuno will be the top returner at Mid-Peninsula. The point guard averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 4.2 assists a game. He helped the Dragons record back-to-back winning seasons since Curtis Haggins coached the team to four straight winning years between 2009-12.
In addition to Takatsuno and Ackerman, William Castellano, who played a significant amount of time, is also scheduled to return.