Twenty San Diego Section high schools advanced to Tuesday’s first round of the Southern California Regional boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments.
Just four remain to play in the second round tonight at 7:30.
Three of the four remaining teams will be home: Torrey Pines, the top-seeded team in boys’ Division II, plays Compton Dominguez. Vista, top-seeded in girls’ Division II, plays Anaheim Valencia, and Point Loma, a three-time state champion, plays Hart Newhall in a Division I girls’ game.
The Bishop’s School will travel to Reedley Immanuel for a boys’ Division V game.
The winners advance to Saturday’s regional finals.
Torrey Pines will find a stronger opponent than the Artesia team it defeated, 62-51, in the first round. Dominguez (25-4), which advanced with a 78-37 rout of Porterville Monache, beat Artesia by 27 points in a regular-season game.
Torrey Pines Coach John Farrell hasn’t seen Dominguez play, but he has heard about them.
“Right now they are probably one of the hottest teams in the division,” Farrell said. “They have a swarming defense, score quickly and like an upbeat tempo. Our backcourt is going to have to keep their poise and look upcourt against press.”
Bishop’s (22-3) at Reedley Immanuel (21-4)--Both are coming off first-round upsets. Bishop’s won at third-seeded Calipatria, 58-57, after losing to the Hornets, 47-35, in the San Diego Section semifinals. Reedley Immanuel defeated second-seeded San Luis Obispo Mission Prep, 55-45.
Anaheim Valencia (21-9) at Vista (27-3)--Each team is led by its center. Senior Chris Enger scored 43 points as Vista routed Anaheim Canyon, 80-38, in its opener. Fourth-seeded Valencia is led by center Kristen McDonald, who scored 24 points in the Tigers’ 65-50 victory over Visalia Mt. Whitney.
Newhall Hart (26-2) at Point Loma (31-1)--The Pointers, ranked No. 1 in the county, are hitting their stride in the playoffs. Point Loma and its man-to-man press easily handled Santa Barbara, 51-29, in the first round. Three players are averaging in double figures: guard Monica Filer (20.0), 5-foot-11 center Tyeast Brown (16) and guard Chris Drumm (15).