(12) Butte (21-5) @ (5) Foothill (20-8)
12th seeded Butte will travel to Los Altos and face 5th seeded Foothill in second round action of the Northern California playoffs on Friday night. The two teams will meet for the second time this season with a place in the sweet 16 on the line. In the December 2nd meeting at the Cabrillo Tournament, Butte picked up an 80-70 victory in the matchup between two solid Northern California teams. In the game in December Darae Elliot had a monster game as the sophomore had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Terry Clarendon had 13 points to help the Roadrunners pick up the victory over the Owls.
Foothill: The Owls come into the post season on a three game winning streak as Foothill finished in second place in the Coast North Conference. The Owls finished 9-3 in conference play and will look to pick up a win to advance to the sweet 16. Foothill is led in scoring by guard Matt mcAndrews as the freshmen is averaging 20.0 points and 4.3 assists per contest. McAndrews has scored over 20 points 16 times this season and is one of the best freshman in the state. Alex Gil-Fernandez is second in the team in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 18.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Owls this season. Chris Russell (8.5 points), and Joe Pitocchi (8.5 points) will look to contribute for the Owls in the second round match up. Foothill averages 77.4 points per game and the Owls give up 72.2 points per game.
Strengths: high field goal percentage, three point shooting, do not foul a lot, rim protection, guard the three point line.
Weaknesses: dont get to the line a lot, offensive rebounding, Third consistent scorer.
Butte: The Roadrunners had a solid season as Butte had control of the Golden Valley Conference for most of the season. A late loss to Feather River cost the Roadrunners at a higher seed as Butte will be on the road against Foothill. Butte won 21 games and was a very consistent team the whole season. Darae Elliott led the Roadrunners in scoring as the sophomore big man averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. Elliott has been a standout the past two season for the Roadrunners. Terry Clarendon is another standout for the Roadrunners as the sophomore guard averaged 12.5 points and 4.6 assists this past season. Darrien Manker (8.3 points), Nemanja Kovacevic (8.7 points), Logan Rooney (7.3 points) are three other players that will look to contribute in the match up between two solid teams in the post season. Butte averages 77.9 points per game and the Roadrunners are 2nd in the state in three point field goal percentage. The Roadrunners give up 60.3 points per game which is 4th best in the state.
Strengths: three point shooting, rebounding, take care of the ball, defense, guard the three point line, rim protection.
(11) Shasta (18-9) @ (6) Sequoias (20-8)
11th seeded Shasta will travel to Visalia and face 6th seeded Sequoias on Friday evening in second round action. The Knights come into the game as conference champions from the Golden Valley Conference and Sequoias finished third place in the Central Valley Conference. Shasta went 1-1 against Central Valley Conference opponents but it will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Sequoias: The Giants come into the post season as one of the hotter teams in the state. Sequoias close the season out on a six game winning streak to propel them into a third place finish in the Central Valley Conference. Sequoias has a solid resume as the Giants have beat and played with some quality teams this past season. Three players are averaging in double figures as Isaiah Johnson leads the Giants in scoring this season. The sophomore guard is averaging 13.0 points and 4.1 rebounds this season. Sophomore Kody Wilson (12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds) and Austin Armstead (11.8 points) are two other players that have played well for the Giants this past season. Solomon Taylor (9.5 points), Andy Isokpehi (7.9 points) are two other players that will contribute for the Giants. Sequoias averages 80.0 points per game while the Giants give up 64.3 points per game.
Strengths: scoring, shoot a high field goal percentage, get to the line, solid from free throw line, rebounding, solid at defensive end, teams don’t shoot a high field goal percentage,
Weaknesses: depth at point guard position, frontline and size.
Shasta: The Golden Valley champions were seeded 11th and will be on the road to face a solid Sequoias team. Shasta comes into the contest on a seven game winning streak and the Knights were 9-1 in Golden Valley Conference action. The Knights have four players that average in double figures and are sophomore heavy with those players. Hunter Johnson leads the Knights in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest this season. Kellen Gerig is second in scoring as the sophomore is posting 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. Blake Trent (13.4 points) and Zach Lowe (12.2 points) are two players that average in double figures. The key component is Jordan Spaschak as the point guard is a great all around player for the Knights as the Player of the Year in the Golden Valley Conference averaged 9.9 points, 7.1 assists and 5.4 rebounds for the Knights. Shasta averages 77.9 points per game and they gave up 59.1 per game this season.
Strengths: three point shooting, take care of the ball, defensive possessions, don’t foul too much.
Weaknesses: getting to the free throw line, rebounding (offensive and defensive), rim protection.
(10) Modesto (20-8) @ (7) Gavilan (23-4)
10th seeded Modesto will travel to Gilroy and face 7th seeded Gavilan on Friday evening. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. Gavilan did not face a Big 8 Conference school all season and the Rams will look to pick up a home win over the 2nd place team from the Big 8 Conference. Modesto did not face any team from the Coast South Conference. The winner of this match up will face the winner between Fresno and Canada.
Gavilan: The Rams come into the post season as the number seven seed after earning the co champion title of the Coast South Conference. Gavilan has had one of the biggest turn around from a season ago and the Rams started off the season with 10 straight wins and have been one of the most consistent teams in Northern California all season. Gavilan is 3-2 in their last five games and will look to pick up the victory against Modesto in second round action. Four Rams average in double figures led by sophomore guard Brian King Jr as the standout is averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on the season. Ibn Zaid has been another standout for the Rams as the freshman is averaging 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Ja-Mont Wilson (11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds) and Xander Bowers (10.0 points and 10.3 rebounds) are two other Rams that will look to play a big role against Modesto. Gavilan averages 80.1 points per game and the Rams give up 65.3 points per game this season.
Strengths: get up shots, offensive rebounding, rebounding, force turnovers, rim protection, defensive field goal percentage.
Weeaknesses: outside shooting, free throws, turnovers, fouls.
Modesto: The Pirates come into the game on a three game winning streak. Modesto played well in Big 8 Conference play as the Pirates finished in second place after going 13-3 in conference action and are 10-1 in the their last 11 games. Three Pirates average in double figures led by sophomore standout Jemeil King who is averaging 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. The wing has played solid all season and is one of the best wings in Northern California. Jaron Dickson (15.6 points) and Donte Walker (14.4 points) are two other sophomores that have played well and been consistent. Nick Obazuaye has played well for the Pirates on the glass and been a standout for Modesto. The Pirates average 82.4 points and give up 71.4 points per contest this season.
Strengths: put points on the board, three consistent scorers, three point shooting, pace, causing turnovers.
Weaknesses: getting to the line, free throw percentage, defensive rebounding, opponents shoot a high percentage.
(9) Cabrillo (16-10) @ (8) Columbia (17-7)
9th seeded Cabrillo will travel on the road and face off against 8th seeded Columbia in Sonora on Friday evening for a place in the sweet 16. It will be the first meeting between the two teams. It will be the first time this season the Claimjumpers will face a team from the Coast South Conference. Cabrillo faced two teams in the Central Valley Conference as the Seahawks picked up a win against Reedley but lost to Fresno City. The winner of this match up will face off against the San Francisco and West Hills game on Saturday.
Columbia: The Claimjumpers come into the match up on a three game winning streak and finished in 2nd place in the Central Valley Conference. Four players averaged in double figures this season for the Claimjumpers. Sophomore guard Marquell Hubbard has been solid for Columbia all season long as the standout averaged 19.8 points and 4.6 rebounds and was named Player of the Year in the conference. Yosnier Cobas (12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds), Al Burge (11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds), and Maurice Woods (11.4 points and 4.6 assists) are three other players that have been solid this season for the Sonora team. The Claimjumpers average 71.2 points per game and they give up 68.9 per contest.
Strength: field goal percentage, outside shooting, free throws, take care of the ball, don’t foul a lot, teams shoot a low percentage from downtown.
Weaknesses: don’t get to the line a lot, rebounding (offensive and defensive), don’t creat a lot of turnovers.
Cabrillo: The Seahawks come into the post season winning 9 of their last 10 games and earned the co championship in the Coast South Conference. Cabrillo lost their first two games in conference action and turned it around to pick up the championship. Cabrillo is led by sophomore big man Linton Acliese, as the standout is averaging 20.0 points and 9.7 rebounds this past season. Acliese posted 14 double doubles this past season and scored in double figures and 25 games this season. Tynan Velasquez had another standout season as the sophomore averaged 16.6 points and 6.0 assists this past season. Kobe Ordonio averaged 14.5 points and is the only other Seahawk to average in double figures for Cabrillo. The Seahawks averaged 71.3 points per contest and give up 66.5 points per contest this season.
Strengths: solid at defensive end, opponents don’t shoot a high percentage, free throws, offensive rebounding, defending the rim.
Weaknesses: depth, consistent 4th scorer, 3 point shooting, turnovers.