Lincoln's Andre Kelly, right, and St. Mary's J.D. Dike, center, fight for the basketball as Lincoln's Darius Harris looks on during their Tri-City Athletic League game on Wednesday at Morelli Gym in Stockton. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD
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The basketball playoffs are here! And usually, the release of the brackets is more a ceremonially-exciting thing. It takes awhile for league rematches, or marquee games, to show up.
But the Sac-Joaquin Section (which communications director Will DeBoard acknowledged during the selection show with The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson) is warming to placing same-city and same-league teams together earlier on in the playoffs.
This leads to three fascinating (and it should be noted, only hypothetical quarterfinal games:
Division I Boys: No. 5 West at No. 4 Lincoln
Division III Boys: No. 11 Lathrop at No. 3 Manteca
Division III Girls: No. 5 Kimball at No. 4 Manteca
Now, Lathrop needs to upset Sacramento-Rio Americano, and Lincoln has no easy task in No. 13 Sacramento High (a team that just defeated a really tough Sacramento-Burbank squad recently).
These games, though, and especially Lincoln at West, could be fascinating.
Now, here are a couple of Stockton matchups that are right off the bat.
Division I Boys: No. 14 Stagg at No. 3 St. Mary’s
Division I Girls: No. 10 Edison at No. 7 Brookside Christian
You have to love that. Stagg and St. Mary’s used to be in the Tri-City Athletic League together. Edison and Brookside Christian has a great group of talented players. That’s not a rivalry game, but expect it to be a heated one. Edison is a large school with plenty of alumni in its following, so it will be fascinating to see how that plays out in Brookside’s small gym.
Finally, there could be an epic, noon matchup for the Division V boys championship on March 4 at Spanos Center. Elliot Christian is No. 1 and Brookside Christian is No. 2 in that bracket. Those two are the Central California Athletic Alliance champion and runner-up. Plus, No. 3 Argonaut (Mother Lode League standout) is in that bracket, as is defending champion Mariposa County as a No. 4.
Lawrence became a prep and general assignment sports reporter for The Record in August 2014. He has covered high school, college and professional sports and more in his career. From November of 2011 through summer 2014, he covered college and prep ... Read Full