As meetings in San Jose and San Ramon concluded on Sunday morning, high school basketball teams around San Francisco received their playoff matchups. Teams and fans can now make plans, and reserve buses for do-or-die games.
Gateway: The Gators received the 15th seed in the NCS Division IV Tournament and one of the toughest assignments in the Bay Area. They’ll travel to Vallejo on Wednesday to take on second-seeded St. Patrick-St. Vincent, who has a win over Salesian and three over El Cerrito.
International: The Jaguars received the ninth seed in the NCS Division V Tournament, but by virtue of their league title, they’ll host eighth-seeded Redwood Christian on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. International finished 10-0 in the BCL Central Division and beat Gateway on Saturday to win their league tournament.
Lick-Wilmerding: After a lackluster regular season, the Tigers enter the NCS Division IV Tournament as one of the region’s hottest teams. Consecutive upset wins over Stuart Hall and rival University netted the Tigers a BCL West Tournament title after finishing league play 3-5. They received the 6 seed and will host McKinleyville on Wednesday at 7 pm, with third-seeded Marin Catholic awaiting in the second round.
Riordan: The Crusaders won just one game in the ultra-competitive WCAL and received the seventh seed in the CCS Division III Tournament. They’ll host #10 Capuchino at 7 pm on Thursday. A win would mean a matchup with second-seeded Monterey, who boasts a 21-3 record but has faced a far weaker schedule.
Sacred Heart Cathedral: Though they finished the regular season at 10-14, the Fightin’ Irish received the top seed in the CCS Division III Tournament thanks to their amazing strength of schedule. After starting WCAL play 0-7, they won three of their final seven games, with the four losses down the stretch coming down to the wire. Despite their sub-.500 record, they’ll be heavily favored to win the tournament.
St. Ignatius: It’s taken five years, but St. Ignatius is finally playing in the CCS Open Division. The Wildcats went 19-5 and finished second in the WCAL. They earned the #2 seed in the Open Division and will take on seventh-seeded Palma at Santa Clara High School on Friday at 7:30 pm. A win would mean a chance for revenge against Mitty or rival Serra, who beat the Wildcats on Wednesday on a buzzer-beater. Playing in the Open Division also guarantees a trip to the CIF State Tournament.
Stuart Hall: The Knights finished tied for first in the BCL West Division. They received the 5 seed in the NCS Division IV Tournament. They’ll take on Swett on Tuesday night at 8 pm at Kezar Pavilion, with a possible rematch with league co-champion University looming in the quarterfinals.
University: The Red Devils tied with Stuart Hall for first place in the BCL West Division. They received the fourth seed in NCS Division IV and will host Fortuna on Tuesday at 5 pm at Kezar Pavilion. University is likely to face league co-champion Stuart Hall in the quarterfinals, with top seed St. Joseph Notre Dame awaiting the winner.
Urban: It’ll be a long trip to Santa Rosa on Wednesday as the Blues face Sonoma Academy. Urban finished just 11-16 and received the 10th seed in the NCS Division V Tournament, but took league co-champ University down to the wire twice in the last two weeks.
As for the public school teams, their regular season wraps up on Tuesday. Mission (26-1, 13-0 AAA) will try to wrap up a perfect league season at home against Burton (7-18, 5-6) at 5:30 pm.