Re: Open Division Preview/First Round Predictions


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Posted by K Dad on February 08, 2019 at 10:12:46:

In Reply to: Re: Open Division Preview/First Round Predictions posted by CJ on February 08, 2019 at 09:31:34:

: : This should be a good Open Division tournament.

: : On paper, this looks like a Granada HIlls cake walk. They haven't lost to a City team all year. They beat some good SS teams. They have the best shooter (Berfield) in the City Section, and a big (Aiden) who can change the game without touching the ball on offense.

: : However, while I believe Granada Hills will win, an argument can be made for any of the top 4 seeds to actually hold up the trophy.

: : Westchester is physical while still being athletic. They can give Granada trouble with physical defense and on the boards. If they make life uncomfortable for Berfield and they can minimize Aiden on the glass, they could pull the upset.

: : Narbonne is who I see as the main threat to Granada. Not because they are better, but their style of play has long been Granada's weak spot. The non-stop, full court pressure they can apply the entire game will give Granada fits. They were vulnerable to the press when Mitchell was there, so it's more of an issue without her. And if Granada breaks the press, they can make life miserable for Berfield too. And if she isn't scoring, it could be a bad night for GH. Also, Narbonne needs to do work on the glass and then run, run, run against the slower Highlanders.

: : As usual, the wild card is El Camino Real. Granada has beat them maybe 6 times in a row and maybe 8 out of 10 times. It's almost a mental thing. The last game between the two came down to the last 15 seconds of the game, but ECR couldn't seal the deal. They know what GH will do, the question is can the players stop it? In their favor is they have the City's best player in Khalfani. They haven't really been able to slow her. The key is her defense on Berfield; she has to stay out of foul trouble so she can disrupt Berfield. Another key for ECR is does Saidoff play? She has missed the last few games with an injury, but adding her scoring back into the mix could finally get them over the hump against their rivals.

: : Pick: Granada Hills. As much as all the above COULD happen, until it does, it's hard to think this isn't finally Granada's year.

: : First Round Predictions:

: : Granada over Legacy
: : Westchester over Birmingham (but best chance of upset)
: : Narbonne over Hamilton
: : El Camino over Eagle Rock

: : Looking for honest, thoughtful conversation on this.

: : And a tip to the parents, especially those of the seniors. Just sit back and enjoy the games. It goes quickly. Going off on refs makes you feel better, but probably embarrasses your kid. Just cheer them on, and win or lose, celebrate their season. Almost none of these kids are playing in college, so the next 3-4 weeks could be the end of their athletic career. Make it a positive experience for them and you!

: : Here's to a great tournament, and most of all, no injuries!

: Thanks Craig!

: : I'm Khalfani's dad. Just reading over the remarks. Objectively, it can definitely go to any of those 4 teams, but I think the above was a good assessment of the brackets and how they may play out. Either way, they all get to play a few more games before this year's run ends. playing smart and safe are really my top thoughts any time I watch a game. Fun is right after that lol.
Subjectively, I would like to see no upsets occur first round, because it looks like there will be good matchups the following two rounds for all 4 teams. Enjoy playoffs everyone!


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