Boys’ basketball in the City Section has seen three teams fighting for the No. 1 seed the entire season. Fairfax (22-4) and Westchester (26-3) splitting their two regular season game opened the door for Taft (21-3) to grab the top seed. Taft host No. 16 Manual Arts (16-13) in the first round on Friday night.
After finishing in a tie for first place in the Western division, a coin toss gave Westchester the No. 2 seed, and Fairfax the No. 3 seed. The two teams battled it out last week in a 71-70 double overtime victory. Two missed free throws with .2 seconds remaining on the clock sealed the win for Westchester. Westchester will host No. 15 Birmingham (11-11) and Fairfax will host No. 14 Van Nuys (13-15).
Fremont (19-6) won the Coliseum League with a decisive 71-50 victory over Dorsey, and they earned the No. 4 seed. They will host No. 13 King-Drew (15-11).
The other first round matchups are No. 12 Cleveland (19-7) at No. 5 Palisades (24-6); No. 11 Sylmar (17-8) at No. 6 Washington (22-4); No. 10 Crenshaw (16-6) at No. 7 Jordan (16-9); No. 9 Dorsey (16-7) at No. 8 Gardena (19-7).
In the Southern Section Dominguez (23-2) was awarded the top seed in the Division I-AA bracket over No. 2 Mater Dei (27-0), who was rated No. 4 in the nation by USA Today. Dominguez will host Chaminade (13-14) on Friday at 7:30 pm.
In the same bracket Compton (22-5) has the No. 4 seed, and will host Verbum Dei (15-7).
In girls’ basketball, Narbonne (24-4) was on their way to earning the top seed in the City Section playoffs, but Washington (24-5) had different plans. Last week Washington’s late rally gave them a 48-47 victory over Narbonne, forcing a tie in the Marine League.
The tie was broken by a coin toss, which Washington won. That allowed Chatsworth (20-5) to slip into the top seed. Washington was awarded the No. 2 seed, and Narbonne the No. 3 seed. Chatsworth will host No. 16 Banning (10-13) on Friday at 7 pm. Washington will host No. 15 (9-11), and Narbonne will host No. 14 Venice (10-16).
The other matchups are No. 13 Crenshaw (12-5) at No. 4 Fairfax (24-7); No. 12 Carson (12-11) at No. 5 Taft (15-6); No. 11 Garfield (17-8) at No. 6 Granada Hills (13-7); No. 10 Monroe (16-14) at No. 7 Grant (20-5); No. 9 Wilson (17-1) at No. 8 Poly (15-6)
In the Southern Section Long Beach Poly (21-2) and Long Beach Millikan (23-3) could be on a collision course for the Division I-AA title game.
The two teams split their regular season games, and they finished in a tie for the Moore League title. Poly earned the top seed, and will open against Moorpark (16-10) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Millikan will host Long Beach Wilson (12-4).
Lynwood (20-6) is No. 5 in the bracket, and will host the winner of a wild-card game on Saturday night.