The Coast News Group

Top local teams advance to CIF playoffs

REGION — A host of local boys basketball teams have qualified for the CIF playoffs, including two local teams that will represent North County in the section’s top playoff division.

Torrey Pines and Army Navy received bids to the CIF Open Division, which is reserved for the top eight teams in San Diego as determined by CIFs computer power rankings system.

Torrey Pines, which finished the season with a record of 23-4 and went undefeated in the Palomar League, received the No. 4 seed in the open division, while Army Navy, which had a 20-8 record and finished second place in the rugged Coastal League with a 10-2 record, received the No. 5 seed.

Yes, that means that both North County teams will face each other in the first round.

That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday.

El Camino, winners of the Avocado West League after finishing the regular season with a 25-5 record, are the top-seeded team in Division 1 playoffs, which is a notch below the open division.  The Wildcats are joined by San Marcos, La Costa Canyon, Vista, Escondido, Santa Fe Christian as area teams to qualify for the 16-team Division 1 bracket.

Valley Center, Canyon Crest Academy and Orange Glen were area teams to qualify for the Division 2 field. Oceanside, Rancho Buena Vista and Tri-City Christian qualified for the Division 3 field.

Sage Creek received the No. 2 seed in the Division 4 playoff field in its first varsity season.

Mission Vista, Escondido Adventist Academy, Pacific Ridge and San Diego Jewish Academy also made the field.

In Division 5, which comprises mostly smaller magnet schools, Guajome Park Academy in Vista and Escondido Charter made the field.

CIF playoffs conclude on March 3 for Division 5 at San Marcos High School, and March 4 and 5 for the other divisions.

Those games will be played at Jenny Craig Pavilion at the University of San Diego.