Bishop Amat fell to 15-8 and a dismal 1-4 in the Del Rey league after losing to Serra on Thursday. But does it really matter? League races are meaningless because league teams go into different playoff divisions based on school size and recent history. So, Amat could finish last in the Del Rey but all that really matters is they’re still ranked No. 1 in Division 3A. Guess who’s No. 2? Covina, a team Amat could beat over and over again. Strange isn’t it? Bishop Amat needs to beat St. Paul next week to avoid finishing last in the Del Rey? Question is, should last place teams or fourth in a five-team league make the playoffs? Amat could lose out, and still win a CIF title, what’s wrong with that picture? The system doesn’t work. Look at the Muir boys basketball team, having one of its best campaigns in years, 20-1, and with a huge win over rival Pasadena to take over first in the Pacific League. But the Mustangs have virtually no chance to win in Division 4AA, where private powers La Verne Lutheran, Price, Windward and Crespi reside. Meanwhile, Pasadena is No. 2 in 3AAA, an easier division. It’s a screwed up system when league champions have a tougher road than fourth and fifth place teams in the playoffs. How else can you explain it, though I’m sure Amat girls hoops isn’t complaining.
The Lancers led at halftime but wore down in the third quarter and lost 52-39 to Serra on Thursday night.
The Lancers (15-8, 1-4) had to play without their leading rebounder, Leeah Powell, who suffered a shoulder injury. She is expected to be back for the final week of the season.