Posted by Helpful on March 04, 2019 at 12:03:28:
In Reply to: Re: Playoff home vs Road posted by Bbfan on March 04, 2019 at 11:09:53:
: : : : Did Sierra Canyon play a road game in the play offs? either C.I.F or State?
: : : : It didn't appear as if they did.
: : : : Is that possible not to play a road game in the playoffs, and is it true they are playing MD next Tuesday at HOME AGAIN?
: : : In the State tournament, the higher seed always plays at home (or is the home team if the game is at an alternate site). In the CIF-SS Tournament, the Open was the only bracket that also followed the State tournament mode of allowing the higher seed to play at home. Sierra Cyn was the #2 seed, and in their half of the bracket, all of the teams they faced were lower seeds.
: : : BTW, in all the other CIF Sections in the state, all of the higher seeded teams are the host team in every round. CIF-SS is the only Section that alternates, or uses the coin toss if both teams have played the same number of home games.
: : Correct the higher team now is always home team. The SC/MD game in which SC is the home team is scheduled to be played at Simi Valley instead of SC's gym. This is probably in anticipation of a lareger crowd than SC gym can hold.
: The state tournament has always given home court to the highest seed which is fine but this year they are not holding the regional finals at a neutral arena, like the Pyramid, or Ontario etc, which seems to diminish the significance of the game.
The Simi Valley site is an "Alternate Site" as that term is define in the Blue Book. It is not a "neutral" site. Sierra Canyon is still the "home" and "host" team. An "alternate site" is one selected by the home team, and is is one where the host cannot have held a practice at any time. So it's kinda like a neutral site, but not quite the same thing.
Agreed that not hosting the regional finals at a neutral arena seems to somewhat diminish the game's importance, but the reality is that it's a game that's not really going to attract more fans than a large high school gym can accommodate, so renting out an arena like Pauley, or the Galen, Pyramid, etc., would really be a waste of money.
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