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CIF Southern Section releases pairings for basketball playoffs

Edison’s Aiden Garnett (1) blocks a lay-up by Newport Harbor’s Levi Darrow during Surf League boys’
Edison High’s Aiden Garnett, left, blocks a layup by Newport Harbor’s Levi Darrow in a Surf League game on Jan. 25.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

The CIF Southern Section released its boys’ and girls’ basketball pairings on Sunday afternoon.

Eleven local boys’ teams qualified and six girls’ teams. The first round of the boys’ playoffs will be Friday and the girls Thursday.

The first year of the Surf League saw all four of its teams finish tied for first. As the only one of those teams that resides in Division 1, Edison (18-10) kept its standing as a co-league champion and will host Santa Margarita (18-10), an at-large selection from the Trinity League, in the first round.

In Division 2AA, Newport Harbor (24-4) will host El Toro (16-12), the second-place team from the Sea View League.


Corona del Mar (18-9) received an at-large berth in Division 2AA and will travel to Suburban League champion Lakewood Mayfair (21-6).

Laguna Beach (12-15), which finished second in the Wave League, will go to Walnut (20-7) for its Division 2A contest. The Mustangs placed second in the Hacienda League this season.

In Division 3AA, Ocean View (20-8), the undefeated Golden West League champion, will host Murrieta Valley (15-10), the third-place team from the Southwestern League.

Additionally, Wave League champion Marina (16-12) will host Mission League at-large selection La Cañada Flintridge St. Francis (22-7). The Golden Knights are the No. 4 seed in Division 3AA.


Pacifica Christian Orange County (19-7), which finished third in the San Joaquin League, is the No. 2 seed in Division 4AA. The Tritons will open the playoffs at Sunbelt League champion Perris (19-7).

Orange Coast League champion Costa Mesa (15-11) will take on visiting Ridgecrest Burroughs, the third-place team from the Mojave River League. If the Mustangs win, it could set up a Division 4AA second-round matchup against the Tritons.

Estancia (15-13), the third-place team in the Orange Coast League, will travel to take on Orange League champion Century (20-8).

Academy League champion Sage Hill (18-10) earned its first league championship as a program with a 63-57 overtime win over visiting St. Margaret’s on Thursday. The No. 3-seeded Lightning will host Carson California Academy of Math and Science (4-2), the third-place team from the Coastal League, to begin the Division 5AA playoffs.

Brethren Christian (9-10), the fourth-place team from the Express League, will be the first local team to take the court in the playoffs. The Warriors will travel to Los Angeles Pilgrim (14-7), the third-place team from the Omega League, for a Division 5A wild-card matchup on Wednesday.

The area’s girls’ playoff teams are led by Huntington Beach (21-6), which finished the season ranked fifth in Division 2AA. The Surf League champion Oilers will host Canyon (15-12), an at-large selection from the Crestview League.

Sage Hill (14-7), which wrapped up the third automatic playoff berth in the San Joaquin League in the season finale Thursday, will travel to take on co-Ocean League champion El Segundo (19-8) to begin the Division 3A bracket.

Also in Division 3A is Wave League champion Marina (19-9), which will host Whittier Pioneer (13-13), the third-place team from the 605 League.


Fountain Valley (14-14), the second-place team in the Wave League, will travel to take on Westminster La Quinta (18-7), the second-place team in the Garden Grove League, in a Division 4AA first-round game.

Costa Mesa (14-12) shared the Orange Coast League championship with Santa Ana, but the Mustangs got a tough draw. They will host San Joaquin League at-large selection St. Margaret’s (15-8), the No. 2 seed in Division 5AA.

Pacifica Christian Orange County (12-3), the Western League champion, will host the winner of Connelly (8-9, third in Express League) at Saddleback (14-11, third in Orange Coast League), a Division 5A wild-card game that will be played on Tuesday.

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