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•Villa Park coach Kevin Reynolds has reviewed game video and concluded that a missed free throw was scored as made for J.W. North of Riverside in the first quarter of what would become Villa Park's one-point loss in the CIF-SS Division 2AA championship game Saturday. Said Reynolds in an email: "Human error, but I do not believe it had any effect on the outcome of the game. ... North made the plays and was the better team on Saturday. They beat us and deserved to win the game."
•CIF-SS spokesman Thom Simmons agreed. "A mistake was made, and all we can do is try to do better in the future," Simmons said.
•County teams went 1-4 in CIF-SS championship games. Tustin was the winner, in Division 2AA. Mater Dei (1AA), El Toro (1A), Villa Park (2AA) and Santa Margarita (3AA) lost.
•The CIF Southern California Regionals, the qualifying tournament for the CIF State Championships, begin with first-round games Wednesday in divisions 1-5. First-round games in the Open Division are Friday.
•The CIF Northern California Regionals are played concurrently with the Southern California Regionals. Regionals winners meet in the CIF State Championship games March 22 and 23 at Sleep Train Arena, home of the Sacramento Kings.
•Second-round games in divisions 1-5 are at home-team schools Saturday, semifinals are at home-team schools March 12 and Regionals finals are March 16 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. As the Open Division has only seven teams, it goes to semifinals March 12 at home-team schools, with the finals March16 at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
•The Open Division, new to the state tournament, could have been eight-team brackets but only seven teams were selected by CIF section commissioners that chose and seeded teams in the six divisions. Teams had to fulfill only one of several criteria to qualify for the Open Division, including having qualified for the Regionals in three of the past four years or having won two consecutive section titles.
•With Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly selected to the Open Division, that opened two Southern California Regionals Division 1 berths for CIF-SS Division 1AA or 1A teams that lost in the quarterfinals. Mission Viejo and Loyola of Los Angeles, eliminated in the 1AA quarterfinals, received those berths.
•In the Regionals, the higher-seeded team is the home team in each round until the finals. In the CIF-SS playoffs, after the first round the team with the fewest number of playoff home games is the home team; a coin flip determines the home team if the teams have played the same number of playoff home games.
•CIF-SS championship games in the upper divisions likely will be played at Azusa Pacific University the next two seasons, Simmons said, because Anaheim Convention Center is unavailable. Simmons said CIF-SS basketball finals will return to the Convention Center for two years beginning with the 2015-16 season.
•The All-Orange County team will be published at ocvarsity.com on March 22 and in the Register's OC Varsity Saturday special section March 23. There are first, second and third teams of five players, and each team must have a lineup that could play in a game. (For example, no team will have five point guards or five centers.) Also selected are a county player of the year and coach of the year.
•Etiwanda gave Mater Dei a hard time last week. The Etiwanda girls team eliminated Mater Dei's top-seeded girls in the 1AA semifinals. The school's boys team defeated Mater Dei's top-seeded boys in the 1AA final.
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