Posted by IMO on February 23, 2017 at 21:14:55:
In Reply to: Re: 1AA Preview posted by Watcher on February 23, 2017 at 17:55:02:
: : : : Semi Final Preview
: : : : Valencia - Oaks
: : : : Canyon - St Anthony
: : : : I would love to hear everyones scouting report. I have Valencia in a rout over Oaks and Canyon in a close one over St Anthony. I don't know a lot about the teams so it would interesting to hear some of your breakdowns of both games. I am basing my picks off what I saw on Maxpreps, thats all.
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: : : On paper, Valencia should win easily.
: : : But I keep counting Oaks out and they keep making me look bad.
: : : Oaks has Boyer, who can theoretically counter-balance Konrad for Valencia. But Boyer tweaked her ankle last week and may not be able to keep up with the endless energy Konrad has.
: : : Valencia has the experience edge, especially with their guards.
: : : Oaks has the bigs, and Newman won 2 championships with Palisades so the stage will not intimidate her.
: : : Oaks has a big coaching edge.
: : : However, I believe that with Konrad playing well and the overall balance Valencia has, they should prevail in a close game.
: : : I like all 4 teams left. All of them are still alive because they're pretty good. After Saturday their will be two winners and two losers. I think Valencia edges out Oaks by a hair, as well as Canyon over St. Anthony. Was checking Maxpreps earlier and noticed that Valencia and Canyon have played each other a few times due to being in the same league, and St. Anthony and Canyon have played each other. The only team from the four that hasn't played the others is Oaks Christian. Canyon and have beaten each other and St. Anthony lost to Canyon earlier in the year. But these are playoffs, and anything can happen there. My opinion: Valencia and Canyon win.
: SA had one major "big" out due to injury so think that game will be close...
::: The new big for St Anthony will make the matchup with Canyons bigs intriguing, but the difference will come with the guards for both teams. St Anthony guards are a little undisciplined and can let games get away from them. Canyons guards are hot and cold. If Canyons guards play like they did against Valencia and the second half of Vista Murrieta, then Canyon wins hands down. If they play like they did against Sonora, then it'll be a close game. I still like Canyon.
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