High school boys’ basketball playoffs

first_imgTONIGHT, 7:30 SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. I-AA FIRST ROUND VALENCIA (20-6) at GLENDALE (12-14) Outlook: Valencia, two victories shy of a school single-season record, could have an easy time against a sub-.500 opponent, but nothing will be taken for granted after the Vikings finished the regular season with two successive losses to fall out of contention for a league title. Leading scorer Teddy Goetz (16.0 points) looks to extend his basketball career before heading to UCLA on a volleyball scholarship. Valencia’s other top players are 6-foot-11 Kevin Delange and 6-8 1/2 Donjay Kakonde, two of the tallest players in school history. A big key for Valencia will be shooting. The Vikings shoot just 41 percent from the field and 65 percent from the line and have been held to fewer than 60 points 11 times. Glendale, 0-3 against Foothill League competition, struggled more than Valencia last week, suffering two 29-point losses. Theo Minassian averages 17.5 points and shoots 78 percent from the line. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. I-A FIRST ROUND RIGHETTI of Santa Maria (9-15) at CANYON (18-8) Outlook: Foothill League champion Canyon is a hot team, with wins in its past four games and nine of its past 11. Depth has much to do with the Cowboys’ success: Five players – Kris Rincon, Bryan Lewis, Ryan Kuhn, Luke Guidroz and Casey Floyd – have scored 22 points or more in a game this season. Rincon, a first-team all-league selection last year, averages 15 points and 10 rebounds. At 6-foot-6, he’s taller than every Righetti player, so he could take over the game. Lewis (10.0, 5.4 rebounds) is a slam-dunk jumper and Kuhn a streaky shooter who made six 3-pointers against Burroughs last month. Righetti has lost four in a row and six of its past seven. Six of its nine victories have come on the road. HART (14-13) at VENTURA (18-8) Outlook: Hart, which reached the section final last year, looks to ride momentum from Wednesday’s victory in a wild-card game at Santa Maria, but it won’t be easy. Third-seeded Ventura has won seven of its past eight, including a 47-44 nonleague victory Jan. 24 over Hart. “Ventura is loaded,” Hart coach Tom Kelly said. “It will take a near-perfect game to beat them, and that’s just being honest.” Hart’s Nate Bichara scored 37 points, with eight 3-pointers, against Santa Maria. He’s averaged 14 points per game, and his shooting touch will be needed with leading scorer Josh Herman out because of illness. Ventura, 3-0 against Foothill League competition, likes to feed inside to 6-5 Nick Palmer, who averages 16.7 points (58 pct.) and 8.0 rebounds. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. V-AA SECOND ROUND SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (15-8) at HESPERIA CHRISTIAN (19-6) Outlook: Santa Clarita Christian’s reward for Wednesday’s playoff victory over Newbury Park Adventist is a game at top-seeded Hesperia Christian, which has 13 of its past 14 and 10 in a row. – Gerry Gittelson AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more