The second season has begun. Many local Los Angeles City Section prep boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have navigated their way to the playoffs. Now, it’s just a matter of survival.
To get here, most of the local teams have traveled throughout the state and, for some, across the country, to compete against other high-caliber programs to prepare for the playoffs. Some have benefitted from the well-publicized “impact” transfers in January, thanks to the relaxed open-enrollment/transfer guidelines established in the 2012-13 academic year.
Other teams prefer to do things the old-fashioned way of forming its roster with returning and new players — without loading up on transfers — when school begins in the fall, scheduling non-league and tournament games closer to home, competing in league and waiting to see what happens next.
In the boys’ inaugural Open Division, using an eight-team format, Gardena will travel to Fairfax; Taft visits Dorsey; Narbonne hosts El Camino Real; and Westchester opens at home against Crenshaw.
All games will be played at 7 pm. Feb. 21. Winners will advance to the semifinals at 6 and 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Roybal Learning Center. The championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 7 at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The first-round games in Division I, II, III, IV and V were played Feb. 18 as the Wave went to press. All Division I winners will advance to the quarterfinals, scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. All winners in Divisions II, III, IV and V will move on to the next round’s games, scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the higher-seeded teams’ designated home site.
In Division I, the winner of the Sylmar – Fremont contest earns a quarterfinal meeting with Palisades; University will host the victor of the John F Kennedy-Washington Prep opener; The winner of the Bell- Verdugo Hills match will earn a road game at Sun Valley Poly; the Garfield-Chatsworth winner plays at Granada Hills.
In Division II, Bravo, King-Drew, Roosevelt, Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Manual Arts, Marshall, Huntington Park, South East and Hamilton opened playoff action Feb. 18.
In Division III, Jefferson, Roybal, Franklin, Lincoln, Angelou, Wilson, Robert F. Kennedy, Torres, Chavez and Bernstein qualified.
In Division IV, Mendez, LACES; Animo South Los Angeles, Animo De La Hoya, Legacy, Rancho Dominguez, Jordan, Elizabeth, Downtown Magnets, Collins Family and View Park qualified.
And in Division V, USC MAST, Douglas, Dymally, Ivy Academia, CALS Early College, Vaughn, Camino Nuevo, Central City Value, New Designs University Park, Bright Star; Annenberg, Gertz-Ressler, Middle College.
The L.A. City girls basketball playoffs begin Feb. 19 for Divisions I through V, with the Open Division beginning play Saturday.
The Open Division features Carson at Fairfax; University at Narbonne; and View Park at Granada Hills.
Division I games include Dorsey at North Hollywood (winner plays Birmingham on Feb. 21); Washington Prep at Taft (winner plays Westchester on Feb. 21); Van Nuys at Crenshaw (winner plays Roosevelt on Feb. 21).
Division II games include Gardena at South Gate; Hamilton at Marshall; Bravo at Eagle Rock; West Adams at John F. Kennedy; Wilson at Huntington Park; South East at Belmont; and Santee at Garfield.
Division III games include Jefferson at Poly; Marquez at Grant; Panorama at Hollywood; Sotomayor at King-Drew; Contreras at Sylmar; Robert F. Kennedy at Los Angeles; Franklin at Arleta; and Hawkins at Legacy.
Division IV games include Downtown Magnets at Animo South Los Angeles; Mendez at Oscar De La Hoya; Stern at Fulton; Animo Ralph Bunche at Sherman Oaks CES; East Valley at LACES; Port of Los Angeles at Collins Family; Jordan at VAAS; and orthridge Academy at Rancho Dominguez.
Division V games include Academia Avance at Douglass; Camino Nuevo at Animo Jackie Robinson; Discovery at Harbor Teacher; CALS at Community Charter; Middle College at Los Angeles International; Vaughn at Annenberg; Central City at Gertz-Ressler; and ESAT at Ivy Academia.