Tough CIF Matchups!

February 16, 2011 by  

BURBANK — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team had no problem qualifying for the CIF Southern Section playoffs this season.

In fact, the Guards guaranteed their berth by winning their first Santa Fe League championship in 13 years.

For the other teams in this year’s postseason — Burbank and Providence — making the postseason wasn’t as easy. The Bulldogs finished tied for fourth in the Pacific League and were granted an at-large entry into the playoffs. The Pioneers placed fourth in the Liberty League, grabbing the final guaranteed postseason spot.

Burroughs wasn’t able to qualify for the playoffs.

With first-round games being played at 7 p.m. tonight, the three teams are hoping to advance to Friday’s second round.

Chadwick at Bell-Jeff: The Guards (12-12) garnered the No. 14 seed in Division V-A. They will be taking on a Dolphins (10-9) team that finished third in the Prep League.

“It’s really great that we get a home game to open the playoffs,” Bell-Jeff first-year Coach Julian Andrade said. “It means a lot when you can play in front of your home fans.

“We are just excited about seeing what the playoffs will bring. We have some guys that have worked very hard all year.”

The Guards have been paced on offense by senior Micah Shirley. However, the team also plays stingy defense and can pose problems for opposing teams.

“We allowed just 46 points a game in league,” Andrade said. “We have some guys who can really shut down a team’s ball-handlers.”

Andrade said those defensive stalwarts include Brandon White, Mario Marquez and Elijah Reed.

If Bell-Jeff wins its opener, it could face No. 3-seeded Montclair Prep in the next round.

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One Response to “Tough CIF Matchups!”

  1. Darren on February 18th, 2011 8:07 pm

    Just a quick question. There was a quote saying “We allowed just 46 points a game in league.”

    Now, I’m assuming that this is quite good, but for this age-group and this skill level, what is the average points per game allowed? I’m sure the answer varies greatly from those playing in the NBA, college basketball, or higher levels of the basketball world.

    Just curious how 46 points compares to what the average is for other basketball teams in the same league, etc.

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