Basketball Teams among Best in Region

Basketball Teams among Best in Region

All six Alameda high school basketball teams have begun their quests for a North Coast Section (NCS) basketball crown.

Men’s basketball
After an undefeated season in league play, the Alameda High School (AHS) men’s basketball team earned the fifth seed in the NCS Div. II tournament. The Hornets faced No. 12 seed Redwood High of Larkspur in the first round of the 16-team tournament at home last Tuesday. 

The Hornets were a perfect 10-0 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline League after defeating Tennyson High of Hayward, 72-34, in the season finale on Valentine’s Day. 

The Encinal High School (EHS) men’s basketball team is 14-12 overall and 5-5 in the WACC Shoreline League. The Jets’ record earned them the 11th seed in the NCS Div. III tournament. They took on the No. 6 seed Sir Francis Drake High of San Anselmo last Tuesday on the road. The winner of the contest will face the winner of the match between No. 3 seed St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) and No. 14 seed Novato High School Friday, Feb. 21. 

The Pilots are 21-7 on the season and 12-0 in the Bay County East (BCE) League. SJND easily won the BCE league championship match against College Prep of Oakland, 49-34, on Feb. 15. 

Women’s basketball
The AHS women’s basketball team is the top seed in the NCS Div. II tournament. They were given a bye in the first round. They will play the winner of the matchup between Bethel High of Vallejo and Petaluma High on Friday, Feb. 21. The Hornets are 21-5 overall and 7-3 in the WACC Foothill League. They finished tied for second in the league.

The EHS women’s team is 9-13 overall on the season. Nonetheless, they still qualified for the NCS Div. III tournament as the No. 10 seed. They took on Analy High of Sebastopol last Tuesday in the opening round of the 13-team tournament. The Jets finished second in the WACC Shoreline League with a 6-2 record.

The SJND women’s basketball team continued its destruction of the BCE league by winning the league championship match, 83-14, over Head-Royce of Oakland. They sit at 21-7 overall. The team is the top seed in the inaugural NCS Open Division tournament. They will face the winner of the Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland and Miramonte High of Orinda game.