First Round Playoff action in Northern California

(19) West Valley (15-13) @ (14) Ohlone (15-14)

19th seeded West Valley (15-13) will take their show on the road and face 14th seeed Ohlone (15-14) in first round action later tonight. West Valley finished tied for 3rd place in the Coast South Conference and will face Ohlone for the second time this season. The Vikings suffered a 93-82 loss at home on December 5th. Kai Winterling had 19 points in the first meeting in non conference action.

Ohlone:  The Renegades finished in 5th place in the Coast North Conference and picked up a home game in first round action. Ohlone lost two of thier last three games and the Renegades will look to get back on track. Richard Oryem leads the Renegades in scoring as the freshman is averaging 15.5 points this season. Sophomore Bryce Thompson has been solid this season for Ohlone as the guard is averaging 14.4 points, 6. 6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists and has been one of the best all around players this season in the state. Cameron Bradley (12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds), Kai Winterling (9.3 points) and Devonte Butler (8.6 points) will provide the Renegades with scoring potential in first round action. Ohlone averages 76.8 points per game and the Renegades give up 75.5 per contest.

Strengths: getting to the line and converting, causing turnovers.

Weaknesses: consistent shooting, three point shooting, rebounding, rim protection.

West Valley: The Vikings come into the matchup coming off a 15 win season and a 3rd place finish in the Coast South Conference. West Valley won three of their last four games to get into the post season. Three West Valley players average in double figures led by Devante Johnson. The freshman guard is averaging 19.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest this season. Delvon Nesbit has been solid this season as well for the Vikings as the sophomore is averaging 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. Cristian Mejia is the last of the big three that has impacted the Vikings this season as the freshman is averaging 14.8 points this season. When the two teams faced each other earlier this season, the three combined for 60 of the teams 82 points. The Vikings average 72.8 points per game and give up 71.3 points per game this season.

Strengths: create turnovers, three consistent scorers, defensive field goal percentage

Weaknesses: getting to the line, free throw percentage, rebounding, three point shooting,

(18) Feather River (18-9) @ (15) Canada (14-14)

18th seeded Feather River will travel to the Bay Area and take on 15th seeded Canada in first round action. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Feather River picked up a 74-71 win at the Santa Rosa Tournament on December 15th. Sophomore Gerard Andrus went for 25 points and 14 rebounds in the win for the Golden Eagles.

Canada: The Colts come into the game as the higher seed and will have homecourt advantage. Canada won their last outing of the season against Chabot but had lost four straight before the win in their regular season finale. Keith Dickerson has been the leading scorer this season for the Colts as the sophomore is averaging 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. Noah Conner has played well for the Colts after missing time early the freshman is averaging 12.2 points per game. Marcel Burton (9.1 points), Salafai Osiomalo (7.9 points), Eric Norton (7.2 points) have all contributed this season. Canada averages 80.1 points per game and give up 81.8 points per contest.

Strengths: pace, putting points on the board, free throw shooting, rebounding (both ends), creating turnovers.

Weaknesses: give up a lot of points, rim protection, turnovers, don’t get to the line.

Feather River: The Golden Eagles come into the matchup winning five of their last six games and picking up a huge win over Butte in their last outing of the regular season. Feather River has three players averaging in double figures led by the high scoring Gerard Andrus, the sophomore standout is averaging 26.1 points and 8.9 rebounds this season for the Golden Eagles. Jamel White (15.1 points) and Calvin Fletcher (13.7 points) are two other players that are averaging in double figures for Feather River. Feather River averages 82.3 points per contest and the Golden Eagles give up 72.5 points per contest this season.

Strengths: scoring, pace, free throw percentage, offensive rebounding, forcing turnovers,

Weaknesses: three point shooting, opponents shoot a high field goal percentage, Depth.

(17) West Hills (18-7) @ (16) Monterey (15-13)

West Hills will travel up to Monterey later on tonight in first round action in the Northern California playoffs. It will be the first meeting between the two teams as the winner will advance and face top seeded San Francisco.

Monterey: The Lobos come into the match up looking to find consistency as Monterey has not had back to back wins since January 24th in Coast South Conference action. The Lobos finished tied for 3rd place in Coast South Conference action. Monterey has used a balanced attack all season as Deshawnte Collins leads the Lobos in scoring averaging 11.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest this season. Marcus Wallace is the other Lobo in double figures as the sophomore is averaging 11.0 points this season. Elijah Nesbit (9.3 points and 5.6 assists) is a solid point guard, Isaiah Abdul-Basir (7.5 points), and Isaiah King-Halsey (7.6 points) will both look to contribute for the Lobos tonight. Monterey averages 73.1 points per game while the Lobos give up 66.1 points per game.

Strengths: Free throw percentage, balanced attack at the offensive end, take care of the ball, defensive points per game.

Weaknesses: fouls, rebounds, allowing second chance opportunities, field goal percentage.

West Hills: The fourth place team from the Central Valley Conference will look to pick up a road win later on tonight. West Hills faltered in the past week and a half of conference action and come into the game on a three game losing streak. The Falcons picked up 18 wins on the season and have four guys in double figure scoring digits. Darius Scott leads the Falcons in scoring as the sophomore standout is averaging 15.8 points and 4.4 rebounds this season. Llyod Hanna (14.1 points), Winder Joseph (11.5 points), Eric Hollins-Hamilton (10.7 points), Ricardo Time (9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds), Delvon Hightower (9.8 points) all have the capability of putting the ball in the basket for the Falcons. West Hills averages 87.7 points per game while giving up 78.5 points per game this year.

Strengths: multiple guys that can score the rock, pace, shoot a high field goal percentage, three point shooting, defensive rebounding.

Weaknesses: give up a higher three ball percentage, free throws, getting to the line, give up points due to pace.