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Empire NCS teams dwindling

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

A tough start to the North Coast Section basketball playoffs gets no easier for Empire large-school teams in today's quarterfinals.

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Ursyla Baumgarten leads St. Vincent against San Domenico Saturday night in San Anselmo.

SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COURIER

Facts

NCS RESULTS, PAIRINGS

DIVISION I BOYS
First round
James Logan 74, Granada 63
Heritage 71, San Ramon Valley 67
Berkeley 59, Amador Valley 41
Friday games
James Logan at San Leandro
Monte Vista at Freedom
Heritage at Deer Valley
Berkeley at De La Salle

DIVSION I GIRLS
First round
San Ramon Valley 55, Pittsburg 45
Deer Valley 82, Feedom 42
Berkeley 59, James Logan 34
Foothill 41, Mission SanJose 31
Santa Rosa 54, Dougherty Valley 42
Friday games
San Ramon Valley at Heritage
Berkeley at Deer Valley
Foothill at Amador Valley
Santa Rosa at Monte Vista

DIVISION II BOYS
First round
Newark Memorial 62, Casa Grande 33
Las Lomas 76, Pinole Valley 69
Montgomery 52, Washington 39
College Park 68, Livermore 54
Dublin 88, Northgate 65
Concord 67, Ukiah 58
Mt. Eden 51, Alameda 49
San Lorenzo 58, Redwood 53
Friday
College Park at Montgomery
Concord at Dublin
San Lorenzo at Mt. Eden
Saturday
Las Lomas at Newark Memorial (1:30 p.m.)

DIVISION II GIRLS
First round
American 39, Maria Carrillo 28
Alameda 87, College Prep 49
Dublin 66, Windsor 39
Casa Grande 67, Washington 44
Montgomery 51, Northgate 29
Newark Memorial 47, Redwood 43
Friday
American vs. Carondelet at De La Salle High School
Dublin at Alameda
Casa Grande at Clayton Valley
Newark Memorial at Montgomery

DIVSION III BOYS
First round
Encinal 46, Tamalpais 44
Miramonte 87, De Anza 58
San Marin 71, Piner 54
Analy 75, Hercules 41
Friday
Encinal at Bishop O'Dowd
Miramonte at Drake
San Marin at Campolindo
Analy at El Cerrito

DIVISION III GIRLS
Eureka 46, Tamalpais 34
John F. Kennedy 74, Analy 64
Hercules 63, Petaluma 57
Encinal 51, San Marin 46
Novato 56, Sonoma Valley 45
Friday
Eureka at Bishop O'Dowd
Hercules at John F. Kennedy
Encinal at Miramonte
Novato at Campolindo

DIVISION IV BOYS
Salesian 65, Gateway 33
Moreau Catholic 64, Healdsbaurg 50
Arcata 55, Willits 52
St. Mary's 51, Lick Wilmerding 49
Cardinal Newman 75, Cloverdale 46
Justin Siena 77, Piedmont 65
Marin Catholic 76, Middletown 37
McKinleyville 57, Fortuna 49
Saturday
Moreau Catholic at Salesian
St. Mary's at Arcata
Justin-Siena at Cardinal Newman
McKinleyville at Marin Catholic

DIVISION IV GIRLS
St. Mary's 80, Middletown 19
Justin-Siena 44, Fortuna 33
Piedmont 61, Cloverdale 31
Arcata 73, Brean Christian 47
Salesian 71, Lick Wilmerding 31
St. Patrick/St. Vincent 58, Cardinal Newman 49
Moreau Catholic 69, Healdsburg 31
Marin Catholic 44, Willits 26
Saturday
Justin-Siena at St. Mary's
Arcata at Piedmont
St. Patrick/St. Vincent at Salesian
Marin Catholic at Moreau Catholic

DIVISION V BOYS
First round results
St. Joseph Notre Dame 52, Roseland University Prep 36
Urban School of San Francisco 55, South Fork 45
Head-Royce 80, Bay School of San Francisco
Hoopa Valley 80, Valley Christian 39
Branson 63, Athenian 41
Stuart Hall 52, Bentley 49
S.F. University 89, St. Vincent 46
Marin Academy 65, Oakland Military Institute 46
Saturday
Urban School of San Francisco at St. Joseph Notre Dame
Hoopa Valley at Head Royce
Stuart Hall vs. Branson at College of Marin
Marin Academy at S.F. University

DIVSION V GIRLS
First round
Valley Christian 69, Drew School 26
Sonoma Academy 52, Head-Royce School 30
Urban School of San Francisco 55, Bay School of San Francisco 48
St. Joseph Notre Dame, 56, Roseland University Prep 43
International 54, Chinese Christian School 19
San Francisco University 47, Branson School 41
San Domenico 46, Athenian School 16
St. Vincent 28, Emery 27
Saturday
Sonoma Academy at Valley Christian
St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Urban School of San Francisco at Kezar Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco University at International
St. Vincent at San Domenico

DIVSION VI BOYS
First round
California School for the Deaf 69, Rio Lindo Adventist Academy 41
Laytonville 53, El Sobrante Christian 49
Mendocino 57, San Francisco Waldorf 49
Summerfield Waldorf 66, Archbishop Hanna 60
St. Bernard Catholic 70, Anderson Valley 40
Point Arena 82, St. Elizbeth 61
Saturday
California School for the Deaf at Rincon Valley Chrisian
Mendocino at Laytonville
Summerfield Waldorf at Ferndale
Point Arnea at St. Bernard Catholic

DIVSION VI GIRLS
First round
Anderson Valley 44, Sobrante Christian 28
Saturday
Anderson Valley at Ferndale
Point Arena at Tomales
Summerfield Waldorf at St. Bernard Catholic
San Francisco Waldorf at California School for the Deaf

Five teams won opening-round games. But only the Montgomery boys and girls host contests Friday night.

The Vikings play a doubleheader in their gym. The pairing worked in the first round, and both squads want to take advantage before likely facing road games — should they win Friday.

“It's great. You don't want to go on the road this time of year unless you have to,” said Montgomery boys coach Tom Fitchie.

Going on the road in Friday's quarterfinals are the Analy boys, and Santa Rosa and Casa Grande girls.

A measure of the difficulty teams face in winning away section playoff games can be found in Empire large-school results from the opening round. Eight teams were one-and-done, with six playing away from home.

Home court, though, is not a sure recipe for winning. Montgomery's boys fell in the first round at home last season.

“The bottom line is this time of year you have to play your best game all the time,” Fitchie said. “Playoff games bring a great atmosphere and competitiveness.”

The Montgomery boys face a high-scoring opponent in College Park of Pleasant Hill, champion of the Diablo Valley Athletic League. Defense has been Montgomery's strength in a fine season as runners up to Cardinal Newman in the North Bay League.

The teams' seeding — Montgomery fourth and College Park fifth in Division 2 — indicate a close contest is in store.

The second half of Montgomery's doubleheader has the Vikings girls hosting Newark Memorial. Montgomery has won 11 of its past 12, including the NBL tournament title. Like the Vikings, the Cougars are tough on defense.

Montgomery is seeded third and Newark Memorial sixth in Division 2.

Much is at stake in the section quarterfinals. Win today and Empire large-school teams not only advance in the brackets but assure spots in the Nor Cal half of the California Interscholastic Federation state playoffs.

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