Local action gets underway Wednesday. There are some good games to choose from locally. Here is a great chance to see and support other programs.
In Division Four, number one seed Diamond Ranch hosts number 16 seed Kern Valley, from Lake Isabella. The game is Wednesday at 7pm. Diamond Ranch’s overall record is 24-8 and 8-2 in league. Diamond Ranch is ranked 63rd in California. Diamond Ranch’s game showcases a 7′ 1″ center, Roman Silvia who averages 18.6 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
Division Three has two local teams in action Wednesday night. The number six seed Bonita Bearcats will host La Jolla Country Day School from La Jolla. As some of you remember Bonita beat Ayala in an overtime game to end league play That earned a piece of the Palomares league title for Bonita. This game could likely start the Bearcats on a course to have another showdown with the Bulldogs on March 19th in the Southern Regional Finales. The second team, is the 2016 CIF-SS Division 2AA Champion Ayala Bulldogs. They will host West from Bakersfield. West is the number 16 seed and should not pose much of a threat for Ayala, based on the numbers. Ayala is ranked 25th in the state and West is ranked 308 according to Maxpreps. Ayala is not pre-selling tickets, nor do they anticipate a sellout. Game time is 7pm.
Division One has one game that might perk local interest, but also has two more worth mentioning. The two are worth mentioning because with victories on Wednesday will have these two area teams face each other on Saturday. First is fifth seeded Centennial will host the 12th seeded St. Augustine. Game two is the number 13 seed Roosevelt (Eastvale) traveling to play the number four seed Fairfax High. The local game that might spark some local interest is the number seven seed Damien will host the number 10 Birmingham Wednesday at 7pm. Tickets will go on sale at 5:30pm.
The Open Division will provide one more chance to catch the(CIF-SS, CIF, Southern California, California, National, Xcellent 25 Rank and more) number one team Chino Hills Huskies. They take on the Southern Section Open Division number eight seed Immanuel from Reedley (just outside of Fresno CA.). The game is Friday at 7pm at Chino Hills High School. Unfortunately, the tickets went on sale Tuesday at 2:30pm and quickly sold out(there has been no mention of any more tickets being available at this time). So be sure to follow us on Twitter @sportscenetv for scoring updates on Friday. This should be the only soft game the Huskies should have in this tournament. That is if you can consider one of the top 16 teams in California as soft. If you will allow me to speculate a little. A Mater Dei victory over Foothill Christian on Friday in Santa Ana could lead to a rematch of the epic Chino Hill’s versus Mater Dei. If Chino Hills should win for the second time they will most likely face either Bishop Montgomery or Sierra Canyon. I mention that to bring up a important point. Round two and the Regional Final game has the Huskies facing opponents that they have recently played. Needless to say, these teams want a second chance. Obviously having played Chino Hills is going to be an advantage in game preparation. To see Chino Hills play on film or on TV is not adequate to prepare a team mentality or to practice at a level of speed or reaction at the pace of this Chino Hills team. However, this is no longer the going to apply. In my opinion those two game should be the toughest two games for the Huskies attempt for a State championship as well as their attempt for a perfect season. Their opponents in those two games will have nothing to loss. All three want a second chance at them. Two of the three think they can beat them with that second chance. One of them needs redemption from the worst loss in their team history.
In closing, I want to share a little something I saw at the Honda Center last Saturday. It was just as chilling as Eli Scotts flying jam or Melo’s long threes. As the last game of the night was being played on the floor. What would ultimately produce a Ayalla Division Championship. The Ayala Bulldogs fans were watching their boy’s play Edison. Those Ayala High School fans, Staff and student section stop watching the game and raised to their feet, turn away from the game and applauded the Chino Hills Huskies Team and Coach Steve Baik as they exited the arena walking along the court and then walk up the aisle that split the Ayala Parents and Students section as they headed to the busses after the victory over Sierra Canyon for the CIF-SS Open Bracket.