When the first round of the North Coast Section Playoffs begin Tuesday Night, one game features what has to be the one of the playoffs best match-ups.
It is the High School Basketball version of Brady vs. Manning.
Since Brett Page took over as head coach in 2009, Analy has had six straight twenty win seasons and five of six SCL titles.
Three of the last five years they have met Miramonte in the NCS playoffs and although you can’t guarantee anything in sports, it is almost a guarantee this game will go into overtime.
The reason is each of the other three games has.
Overtime 1: March 6th, 2009
The first year for Page and Analy was the No. 5 seed and they met Miramonte in the NCS Division 3 championship game. Analy got there with one of the upsets of the tournament when they defeated No. 1 Bishop O’ Dowd 66-63. It was pretty much assumed that Bishop O’ Dowd would win the section and make a big run at the Division 3 state championship. Bishop O’ Dowd has won three of four section titles since and has made the state championship twice.
The game was played at St. Mary’s college and Miramonte was the No. 2 seed. It was overtime number one with Analy taking a 76-73 win. That was the game Max Fujii went crazy, hitting 8 three pointers and scoring 32 points.
Analy would win one game in the Nor Cal playoffs. Miramonte lost its first round game 52-51.
Overtime 2: March 3rd, 2010
This was a semi-final game at Analy who was the No. 2 seed while Miramonte was No. 6. Miramonte came into Analy and took a 70-67 win.
Miramonte would lose the section championship game to Bishop O’ Dowd and after winning the first round game of the Nor Cal lost a will game to Sacramento 87-84.
Analy lost its first round Nor Cal Game.
Overtimes 3 and 4: February 24th, 2012
The reason for the two overtimes is because it was a two overtime game. It was a second round game with Analy the No. 6 seed and Miramonte No. 3. Miramonte outscored Analy in the second overtime 21-10 to take a 98-87 win. Miramonte’s Kiran Shastri scored 40 points.
The loss ended the season for Analy. Miramonte would lose the NCS Semi-Final game and win one game in the state playoffs.
This game is at Analy who is the No. 11 seed while Miramonte is No. 6. The game is at Analy because of the league champion rule.
Analy won the SCL championship and has a record of 20-8. Miramonte is at 15-11, finished fourth in the Diablo Foothill League and goes into the game with a four game losing streak.
The two teams didn’t meet in the playoffs last season. The NCS committee didn’t take any chance this season matching them up in the first round.
TUESDAY LOCAL SCHEDULE
All games at 7 pm unless noted different
DIVISION 1 GIRLS
No. 14 San Leandro (10-15) at No. 3 Santa Rosa (25-3)
DIVISION 2 BOYS
No. 16 Arroyo (12-14) at No. 1 Montgomery (23-5)
No. 9 Redwood (15-13) at No. 8 Casa Grande (14-12)…6:30
No. 15 Windsor (13-13) at No. 2 Newark Memorial (19-7)
No. 10 Clayton Valley (16-10) at No. 7 Maria Carrillo (19-9)
No. 11 Ukiah (16-11) at No. 6 Dublin (13-12)…6:30
DIVISION 2 GIRLS
No. 15 Mt. Eden (16-10) at No. 2 Windsor (19-8)
No. 11 College Park (14-12) at No. 6 Casa Grande (15-12)…8 pm
No. 9 Montgomery (13-13) at No. 8 Northgate (20-6)
No. 10 Ukiah (12-13) at No. 7 Redwood (20-8)
DIVISION 3 BOYS
No. 6 Miramonte (15-11) at No. 11 Analy (20-8)…6:30
No. 15 Piner (17-10) at No. 2 El Cerrito (25-3)
No. 16 Elsie Allen (18-9) at No. 1 Bishop O Dowd (22-4)
DIVISION 3 GIRLS
No. 12 Albany (10-10) at No. 5 Analy (17-10)…8 pm
No. 11 Sonoma Valley (14-13) at No. 6 Petaluma (18-10)
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