NCS color logoAs we move into the second round of the NCS playoffs here are some numbers.
The local teams in the first round went a combined 16-21. The Boys won seven of eighteen, the girls nine of 19. There is one more team that isn’t included and that is the Windsor Boys, who had a first round bye.
If the area could have done better in close gamess it would have been better. They lost five games by five points or less and another in overtime.
There are three schools that have both teams left. That is Cardinal Newman, Cloverdale and Montgomery. Coincidentally for all of those three schools the Boys team is on the road and the Girls are at home.
A reminder all winners in the second round qualify for the Nor Cal Playoffs.
This is the Division 4-6 preview. There is an article posted here for Division 2 and 3.
A couple of the local teams are guests for Salesian.  The Pride is the No. 1 seed in both the Boys and Girls bracket. The two teams have a combined record of 48-9. The Boys have won four of the last six Section Championships, the Girls two of four.
The lucky teams for this are the Cardinal Newman Boys and the Kelseyville Girls.
As long as Cardinal Newman isn’t playing Windsor or Ukiah they are pretty good. The Cardinals are a combined 0-5 against them, 20-4 against everyone else, which includes the opening round 61-26 win over Fortuna. That gives them seven of eight years that they have won twenty, in two of them they hit 30.
Salesian went through the Tri-County-Rock undefeated and they have an 18 game winning streak including a 72-34 win over Roseland University Prep in the first round.
What was the said about the Salesian Boys, you can say almost the same thing about the Salesian Girls. There are a couple of minor differences. They did go through the Tri-County Rock league play undefeated. They have a ten game winning streak and had a first round bye in the NCS playoffs.
Kelseyville is a traveling team. They went up to Del Norte for round one and took a 50-45 win. Now they will be in the East Bay.
The North Bay League and NCL I play separate games in Salesian. The two leagues get together in the other local game in the Division when Middletown travels to Cardinal Newman.
Cardinal Newman treated its first round opponent like it treated most of the NBL, defeating No. 15 Berean Christian 60-22 to win its 12th straight and raise its record to 25-4.
Middletown won its opener at home defeating Fortuna 59-43. They have won ten of eleven and are 23-6 on the season.
Earlier this season, Middletown was No. 2 in the rankings. You know who they were behind. In one of the rankings it was mentioned they might be No. 1 if it wasn’t for how good Cardinal Newman is. Since then they lost to Kelseyville and Cloverdale so they dropped in the rankings.
Now they are together again and it doesn’t look to promising for MIddletown. The last time an NCL team defeated an NBL team in the playoffs, Boys or Girls, was in 2011 when Cloverdale edged Ursuline 60-59. That was the last Ursuline basketball game. Since then the Cardinal Newman Boys and Girls combined have met an NCL team five times (four boys). The closest was a 25 point game.
Both the Cloverdale teams are the only teams left in this bracket and they had different round one wins.
The Cloverdale Boys survived, rallying in the fourth quarter to edge Redwood Christian 44-42. A 14-2 run to start the third quarter gave Redwood Christian 28-24 lead. By the end of the third it was 38-30. A 9-1 run got Cloverdale back to within one and it stayed tight until the end. Gage Hoover hit a three with :30 left for the game winner.
Cloverdale is playing in the first of four games at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. They are meeting Stuart Hall of San Francisco in a No. 4 vs. No. 5 game. Stuart Hall is 18-10 on the season. One of the wins was over Cloverdale on December 5th in the Boonville Small School Tournament Championship Game 55-35.
The Cloverdale Girls had no problem with No. 15 Bentley taking a 55-28 win. The Eagles are 23-6 on the season and are on a roll winning seven straight.
They host No. 10 College Prep who went on the road and outscored Sonoma Academy 9-1 in the fourth in a 36-25 win in round one. They have met one NCL I team this season, losing to Lower Lake 43-41 on December 28th. Lower Lake finished 4-10 in NCL I league play.
That score probably doesn’t mean much. A week earlier in a home game against Sonoma Academy they let a seven point fourth quarter lead slip away in a 42-41 loss.
Boys and Girls combined there are six local teams left, by far the most in any Division. Second place for that home is Division 4 who has four teams left.
In the first round, the Girls went 3-1 and the loss had to happen because it was a head to head with Rincon Valley Christian defeating Rio Lindo Adventist 50-37. Actually one of the Boy games was also head to head. Rio Lindo Adventist got that one going on the road and to defeat Point Arena 52-47.
St. Bernard’s Academy is the No. 1 seed in both brackets. That is the same school that won the NCS Division 5 football championship whose coach is Matt Tomlin, a former Piner Head Coach, is also the head coach the of the Girls Basketball team. They are not hosting two local teams, but one and that is the Rincon Valley Christian Girls They defeated Rio Lindo Adventist 50-37 in the first round to raise their record to 20-8, their first twenty win season since 2011 when they went 30-4.
The Anderson Valley and Archbishop Hanna Boys also have won twenty games.
Two of the three Boy teams are at home.  All three Girls teams are on the road.
No. 8 Montgomery (16-11) at No. 1 Windsor (25-3)…7 pm
No. 5 Concord (23-5) at No. 4 Montgomery (19-9) …7 pm

DIVISION 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BOYS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               No. 8 Analy (21-8) at No. 1 Moreau Catholic (22-4)…7 pm

No. 11 Sonoma Valley (21-8) at No. 3 Campolindo (23-4)…7 pm
No. 8 Cardinal Newman (20-9) at No. 1 Salesian (25-4)…8 pm
No. 9 Kelseyville (23-5) at No. 1 Salesian (23-5)…6:30
No. 7 Middletown (23-6) at No. 2 Cardinal Newman (25-4)…7 pm
No. 5 Cloverdale (25-4) vs. No. 4 Stuart Hall (18-10) at Kezar Pavilion in SF….3:30
No. 10 College Prep (17-8) at No. 2 Cloverdale (23-6)…7 pm
No. 8 Rio Lindo Adventist (19-5) at No. 1 Emery (20-6)…8 pm
No. 7 St. Elizabeth (18-8) at No. 2 Anderson Valley (20-5)…7 pm
No. 6 CSD (Fremont) (20-9) at No. 3 Archbishop Hanna (24-4)…7 pm
No. 8 Rincon Valley Christian (20-8) at No. 1 St. Bernard’s (18-9)…6:30
No. 5 Round Valley (18-7) at No. 4 CSD Fremont (20-5)…7 pm
No. 10 Point Arena (15-11) at No. 2 Emery (14-5)…6:30
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