Boys state basketball pairings released

Four county teams – Eisenhower, Etiwanda, Colony and Summit – qualified for the state playoffs, with defending state champion Eisenhower grabbing the No. 1 seed in Division 2. The Eagles get a bye from Tuesday’s Round 1, hosting the Mark Keppel-Liberty winner in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Etiwanda is also seeded, as the CIF-SS Division 1-AA runner-up Eagles are the No. 3 seed in Division 1 and host El Camino Tuesday. Summit plays at San Pedro in D2 Tuesday while Colony plays at No. 2-seeded Westchester in D1 Tuesday.

Things are a bit different this year. Instead of playing out the SoCal regional this week – culminating in the SoCal championship on Saturday – the first, second and semifinals will be played this week, with a week off before the SoCal finals March 20 and the state finals March 27. Why they did this, I have no idea.

Division 1
Buchanan at No. 1 Mater Dei
Rancho Verde at Rancho Bernardo
Washington Prep at Leuzinger
Loyola at No. 4 Taft
El Camino at No. 3 Etiwanda
Long Beach Poly at Crenshaw
Santa Monica at Clovis East
Colony at No. 2 Westchester

Division 2
No. 1 Eisenhower, bye
Mark Keppel at Liberty
San Joaquin Memorial at Compton
Damien at No. 4 Hoover
Burbank at No. 3 Murrieta Valley
University at Pasadena
Summit at San Pedro
No. 2 Lincoln, bye

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