Ugly blowouts apparently in the rear view mirror, the San Diego Section basketball playoffs reach the semifinals round this week in the Open and Divisions I-V.
The so-called CIF power ratings, with their comprehensive reviews of statistics, scores, strength of schedule, etc., raised questions when Vista was accorded an Open Division berth, resulting in Francis Parker and Morse being assigned to Division I.
San Marcos’ strength of schedule was questioned when he it was granted a No. 3 seed in the Open.
St. Augustine, No. 6, defeated San Marcos, 60-45, and Torrey Pines, No. 1, walloped Vista, No. 8, 68-38.
IT’S WHO YOU PLAY
Torrey Pines was 4-1 in intersectional games and hosted the nationally acclaimed Under-Armour Tournament, which brings teams from throughout the United States.
Vista was 1-5 in out-of-the area competition and participated in a lower level tournament in Westminster.
San Marcos was 5-0 intersectionally and won undistinguished tournaments in Maui, Hawaii, and at Mt. Carmel.
St. Augustine was 4-3 out of the area and was in the lower level West Hills event but also competed in the Under Armour and Santa Margarita tournaments.
The Open semifinals have St. Augustine (23-6) at No. 2 La Costa Canyon (22-6) and No. 4 Army-Navy (24-5) at Torrey Pines (27-2).
Hopefully early-round games involving undeserving, losing teams and scores of 68-21, 92-29, 77-28, and 71-27 won’t be repeated and, in the future, more weight will be given to the quality of tournaments and intersectional competition.