Boy’s hoops sectionals offer a second chance


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Sunnyside won the Division II, Section I title (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Sunnyside won the Division II, Section I title (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Section Tournament Schedule

Good or bad, at least nine Southern Arizona boy’s teams will have their season extended due to sectional tournaments. These are teams ranked outside of the top 24 for each division but fall within the top four or six required by their section.

Mountain View is currently ranked 35th in Division II but is projected to be a 4-seed in the D-II, Section IV sectional tournament. If the Mountain Lions get hot and win the sectional then they will earn the automatic state playoff bid that comes with the title.

In D-II, the section champions are guaranteed a top 12 seed while the section champions in D-III, IV and V will be placed in the top 11.

D-II, Section I does not have a sectional tournament. Sunnyside has claimed the section title and is guaranteed a top 12 seed although the Blue Devils are currently ranked fourth. Other D-II/S-I teams No. 11 Cienega, No. 17 Rincon/UHS, No. 23 Nogales and No. 24 Buena are all obviously in the top 24 but Nogales and Buena are on the edge and could either get bumped out or fall out because power points continue during sectionals.

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Division II, Section IV: Four Teams
Semifinals: Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Mountain View
Final: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Mountain View

Projected Teams
Catalina Foothills
No. 26 Tucson
Salpointe
No. 35 Mountain View

Division III, Section III: Six Teams
1st Round: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Desert View
Semifinals: Friday, Feb. 12, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Desert View
Final: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Desert View

Projected Teams
Casa Grande
Pueblo
Cholla
Flowing Wells
No. 25 Palo Verde
Vista Grande

Division IV, Section II: Six Teams
1st Round: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Benson
Semifinals: Friday, Feb. 12, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Benson
Final: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Benson

Projected Teams
Thatcher
Pusch Ridge
Pima
Morenci
No. 33 Douglas
No. 30 Tanque Verde

Division V, Section II: Six Teams
1st Round: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Cienega
Semifinals: Friday, Feb. 12, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Cienega
Final: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Cienega

Projected Teams
The Gregory School
Bisbee
St. Augustine
Valley Union
No. 25 St. David
No. 32 San Miguel

Division V, Section IV: Six Teams
1st Round: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Thatcher
Semifinals: Friday, Feb. 12, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Thatcher
Final: Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Thatcher

Southern Arizona Teams
No. 26 Duncan
No. 36 San Manuel

Division V, Section VI: Four Teams
Semifinals: Thu., Feb. 11, 5:15 & 7 p.m., Amphitheater
Final: Sat., Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Amphitheater

Projected Teams
Tohono O’odham
Santa Cruz
Baboquivari
Antelope Union

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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