Fryer on basketball: Trinity League shows its depth


A look at Orange County boys basketball ...

•The CIF-Southern Section playoffs continue Tuesday with quarterfinal round games in most divisions and second-round games in others. Two quarterfinal games have two county teams in them – Servite at Brea Olinda, in Division 3AAA; and Northwood at Ocean View, in 3A. It will be the first time this season the teams in those matchups will play each other.

•All six Trinity League teams remain alive in the playoffs. Santa Margarita, which was 0-10 in Trinity League games, is in the 3AA quarterfinals and third-place JSerra is in the 4AA quarterfinals. Servite, 3-7 and in fifth-place in the Trinity, last week beat 3AAA second-seeded and Freeway League champion Sonora.

•Other county quarterfinalists: Tustin, in Division 3AAA; Corona del Mar, in 3AA; St. Margaret's, in 4A; and Brethren Christian and Saddleback Valley Christian, in 5AA.

•Other games Tuesday involving two county teams: Mission Viejo at Orange Lutheran, 1AA second-round game; and Dana Hills at Troy, 1A second round.

•All eight teams in the 4AA quarterfinals are private-school teams.

•Four of the South Coast League's five playoff teams still are playing: Aliso Niguel, El Toro, Mission Viejo and Tesoro.

•County teams still are playing in 10 of the section's 12 divisions. No county teams remain alive in Divisions 5A and 6.

•County league champions that have been eliminated are Express League champion Tarbut V'Torah, Sonora of the Freeway League, Santiago of the Garden Grove League, Savanna of the Orange League, Laguna Beach of the Orange Coast League and Fountain Valley of the Sunset League.

•Two teams in the final county top 10 of the regular season last week have been ousted, Sonora and Foothill. Sonora was No. 8 and Foothill, which lost at Great Oak of Temecula in a 1AA first-round game, was No. 9.

•Beyond my top 10 for this week, here are my rankings of teams 11-25: 11. Foothill (1AA, 21-6); 12. Tesoro (2A, 19-9); 13. Aliso Niguel (1A, 20-9); 14. Fountain Valley (1AA, 20-7); 15. Sunny Hills (2AA, 20-7); 16. Los Alamitos (1AA, 18-11); 17. Huntington Beach (1A, 17-10); 18. Ocean View (3A, 22-6); 19. Northwood (23-5, 3A); 20. Cypress (1A, 21-7); 21. San Clemente (1A, 18-10); 22. Dana Hills (1A, 21-7); 23. Saddleback Valley Christian (5AA, 24-5); 24. Brethren Christian (5AA, 24-3); 25. Troy (1A, 19-9).

•A running clock was introduced to regular-season games this season in all 10 CIF sections and the running clock is used under the same circumstances in the playoffs – during the fourth quarter when the point spread reaches 40 points.

•As much as possible, game officials assigned to work CIF-SS playoff games belong to officiating associations not affiliated with the areas from which the two teams originate. CIF-SS boys basketball playoff game officials are paid $81 each when there are two officials, $77 each when there are three. The pay goes to $89 foreach official in section title games.

•El Toro, top-seeded in Division 1A, will be without leading scorer Cody White in the Chargers' second-round game at Diamond Bar. White, averaging 11 points a game, was ejected from El Toro's victory over Cabrillo of Long Beach on Friday after getting his second technical foul. A player who is ejected from a game is ineligible for the team's next game.

•Tustin's Deondre Bryant was outstanding in the Tillers' two playoff victories last week. Bryant scored 21 points with 10 rebounds in top-seeded Tustin's 69-41 first-round victory over Cerritos, and scored 25 with 15 rebounds in a 60-43 victory over San Bernardino in the second round. Tustin has a quarterfinal home game today against Hacienda League champion Bonita of La Verne.

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