The Southern Section released the 16 teams selected to the Open Division basketball playoffs for boys on Friday. Let's just say there shouldn't be too many first-round routs.
That's what distinguishes the Open Division from all others. The No. 1 seed could get knocked off by No. 16, as almost happened last season, when No. 1 Mater Dei barely held off No. 16 Cantwell-Sacred Heart.
Bishop Montgomery received the No. 1 seed over No. 2 Mater Dei. Sierra Canyon is No. 3 and Corona Centennial No. 4.
Thursday's first-round games: No. 16 JW North at No. 1 Bishop Montgomery; No. 9 Cathedral at No. 8 Redondo; No. 12 Orange Lutheran at No. 5 Damien; No. 13 Alemany at No. 4 Corona Centennial; No. 14 St. John Bosco at No. 3 Sierra Canyon; No. 11 Cantwell-Sacred Heart at No. 6 Etiwanda; No. 10 Chino Hills at No. 7 Long Beach Poly; No. 15 Price at No. 2 Mater Dei.
North (24-1) and Bishop Montgomery (26-1) have each lost just one game. Bishop Montgomery lost to the team, Marin Catholic, that North defeated for the Mission Prep tournament championship. So in other words, Bishop Montgomery gets a second chance to be the Mission Prep tournament champion with a lot more at stake.
As for Bishop Montgomery getting the nod over Mater Dei, St. John Bosco Coach Derrick Taylor said, "That's kind of shocking to me. I played both, but I think Mater Dei is the best team in Southern California."
Taylor complimented the committee, saying they got "the seeds right" overall.
Teams perhaps breathing a sigh of relief in not getting selected were Maranatha, Renaissance, Sonora, La Mirada and Village Christian.