Corona del Mar had strong resume, didn’t include CIF-SS boys basketball playoff – Orange County Register


Corona del Mar’s boys’ basketball team played a tough schedule.

The Sea Kings rejected several good teams that qualified for the CIF-South Sectional playoffs, including Champions League Artesia and Victor Valley, and beat Los Angeles League Sectional champion Roosevelt. Corona del Mar Coach Jason Simco reviewed his team ready for playoff competition.

When the CIF-SS Boys Basketball Sloffs brackets came out on Tuesday, Corona del Mar was not included.

Corona del Mar, No. 22 in Orange County‘s Orange County this week, finished third in the Wave Four-Team League. Only the top two finishers in a four-team league are guaranteed a playoff berth, so the Sea Kings could only enter one team from a big team. Corona del Mar, with a 20-8 year record, met the extensive criteria for a .500 or better overall record.

But there was only one opening day in the 3AA Division, and it went to Norco, 14-6 and the fourth-place team in the six-team Big VIII.

Sea Kings coach Jason Simco saw Norco as the competition for the 3AA beyond tough.

“Norco was always higher than us in the standings,” Simco said, “and their schedule strength was good with Centennial (of Corona) in their league. It was probably going to be between us and them.”

Newport Harbor (15-13) didn’t get it either. The Sailors finished third in the four-team surf league, behind Edison and Los Alamitos. The Mariners lost to Corona del Mar in a non-League game last week, which likely put them behind Corona del Mar as a 3AA contender to a big contender.

All six Trinity League teams are in the playoffs. The league champion Mater Dei is in the open division. Second place Santa Margarita (19-3) and third place St. John Bosco (19-8) were automatic Division 1 qualifiers, fourth place Jserra (15-9) and fifth place Orange Lutheran (15-11 ) Were teams to great teams in Division 1 and sixth-place Servite (12-11) is an attentive team to 2AA.

Santa Margarita and Servite play strong Orange County teams in the first round on Friday. Santa Margarita is at home against Los Alamitos (20-7). Servie is at the canyon (23-4) at 2AA.

The No. 1 seeded Orange County teams in their divisions are Capistrano Valley Christian (18-7) at 2aa and San Juan Hills (25-4) at 2a.

Other county teams seeded in the top four in their divisions are Canyon (#2, 2aa), Counterfoothill (#4, 2aa), Edison (#2, 2a), Tesoro (#3, 2a) , Dana Hills (#3, 3A), Sunny Hills (#3, 4AA), Santa Ana (#4, 5AA), and La Quinta (#2, 5A).

The eight open division teams, revealed on Sunday, are seeded in this order: 1. Centennial; 2. Sierra Canyon; 3. Harvard West Lake; 4. CREAN LUTHHERAN; 5. Damian; 6. Mater dei; 7. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks; 8. Bishop Montgomery.

The Open Division has a pool-game format, with two pools. The winner of pool A plays the winner of pool B in the Open Division championship game 25 February 25 at a site selected by the original team.

Crean Lutheran was placed in pool A. Mater Dei is in pool B.

Division Open Division Play begins Friday and continues February 15-18.

All other splits begin Friday with first-round matches and continue on February 15, 18, and 22. These championship games are February 25.

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