JC teams gearing up for playoff contests

The junior college playoffs get underway this weekend with both San Bernardino Valley College teams and the Chaffey College men in action.

The Chaffey men will play at Saddleback at 7 p.m. on Friday. It’s an interesting matchup because the Gauchos eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs last year 63-61 on a last second shot. It will probably one of the better games of the night across the state and features teams from the two premier conferences.

The San Bernardino Valley women are seeded No. 7 and will host No. 10 Palomar, also on Friday. SBVC beat the Comets in the playoffs last year and bested them on a neutral court in the first game this season for both teams.

The SBVC men will wait one more night. They will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Los Angeles Pierce. SBVC is the top seed in the South, deservedly so. The Brahmas beat Moorpark on Wednesday to earn a berth opposite SBVC, which has won 18 straight games.