Posted by Finals Observer on February 16, 2019 at 00:23:24:
Chaminade vs King
Chaminade playing great basketball. Some would argue King deserved the final spot in the Open. This should be a great final featuring two of the top seeds.
The pick: Chaminade is battle tested and will claw out a victory. Alexis Whitfield will be the difference.
Top seeded Rolling Hills Prep escaped a tough big 8 foe Roosevelt to win by two. Orange Lutheran has been a sleeper and caught a break playing Village Christian. battle tested from the Trinity League. Orange Lutheran guard is the real deal. Can hit from anywhere. RHP center is the difference though. Cant guard 6'7.
The pick; Rolling Hills Prep will do it by 8
Lakeside vs Oxford Academy
Total contrast of styles here. Lakeside was borderline open division and has a ton of firepower. They beat a solid Flintridge Prep team. Oxford Academy beat Santa Margarita badly in a slight shocker after beating St Marys. Oxford rolling
The pick: I want to say Oxford but Lakeside in a class of their own. Lakeside by 9
Crossroads vs Santiago
Crossroads is on an improbable run and caught a nice draw. Lots of close wins. They upset the two seed Cathedral City. They have a great center in Shaquille Oneals daughter. Santiago has one of the best frosh in the Nation in Jones and they just won on the road against the #1 seeded Brentwood team.
The pick: Santiago too tough. Cant see how Jones won't light them up. Santiago by 13
Mayfair vs Diamond Ranch
These two teams came out of nowhere. Mayfair beat the 1 seed by 12 at home and is playing well. Diamond Ranch is peaking at the right time and beat Oxnard by 1 in another upset.
The pick: Mayfair on too much of a roll. Will be a close game but they will win by 6
Oak Park vs Northview
Oak Park beat Ramona at home and has a really good post player and some other pieces for 4AA. I was surprised how easily Northview beat Maranatha tonight. This is going to be a nail biter. Northview is the 2 seed and is playing well.
The pick: I am going upset. I will take Oak Park by 5
Santa Fe upset the #1 seed Cream Lutheran by 16 tonight. They are on a roll and will be tough to beat in the finals. Hillcrest is the #2 seed and they beat Anaheim.
The pick: Santa Fe will win this game as a lower seed.
Montclair vs Linfield Christian
The pick: Montclair is the Cinderella. They beat many higher seeds so far. Linfield Christian hasn't been tested so far. They will here
The pick: Linfield in a close one
Bloomington Christian had a scare tonight winning by 1 and surviving. Bishop Conaty beat a solid 5A team in Saddleback.
The pick: Bloomington Christian gets it done
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