County basketball teams had plenty to be proud of this season, from Atascadero High’s undefeated run through the PAC 7 in boys basketball to both of Morro Bay’s teams winning a Los Padres League title for the first time in more than 10 years.
The reward: Two top-four seeded teams in the playoffs.
The Arroyo Grande girls went 19-5 and finished second in the PAC 7 behind powerhouse St. Joseph. On Sunday, the Eagles found out they were the No. 4 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs that begin Thursday. They will host Century, which took second place in the Orange League, at 7 p.m.
The other county team that will be seeded in the top four is Mission Prep’s boys squad, which was 15-10 this season and earned an at-large bid and the No. 4 seed in Division 5AA. The Royals travel to Costa Mesa on Wednesday, the day the boys playoffs begin. All games are at 7 p.m.
The Greyhounds boys narrowly missed the No. 4 seed in Division 4AA after their stellar season and will host South El Monte. Atascadero earned its first league title since 2003-04, and it’s believed that it was the first time in at least 30 years that the Greyhounds were undefeated in PAC 7 play.
In Division 4A, Morro Bay went 11-1 in the LPL to win its first league title since 1998-99 and will host Valle Vista League at-large Covina. Nipomo, the LPL runner-up, hosts No. 4 seed Morningside, an at-large team from the Ocean League.
In Division 3AA, Arroyo Grande’s boys team, the PAC 7 runner-up, will host Hart, which finished third in the Foothill League.
Coast Union’s boys team, which was 17-7 and undefeated in Coast Valley League play, will host Avalon, the third-place team from the San Joaquin League.
Two county boys teams take to the road Wednesday: San Luis Obispo (12-14), which travels to Bishop Amat, the second-place finisher in the Del Rey League, in a Division 4AA game; and North County Christian, which plays at Shalhevet, the Mulholland League’s fourth-place team, in a Division 6AA game.
Girls play begins Thursday, with games at 7 p.m. In addition to the Eagles, there will be three county girls teams hosting playoff games: Morro Bay, which went 19-5 and won its first LPL title since 1998-99, will host Bishop Union, the High Desert League’s third place team, in a Division 4A game; in a Division 5A game, North County Christian, the CVL champs, will host Desert Mountain League third-place finisher Vasquez; and CVL runner-up Coast Union hosts at-large Providence Hall in a Division 6AA game.
Mission Prep’s girls team, which was on the bubble in Division 4A despite a 20-5 record this season, will travel to Santa Paula, the Frontier League’s runner-up.
In Division 4AA, Atascadero, which took fourth in the PAC 7, takes to the road and will play Bishop Conaty-Loretto, which finished third in the Horizon League. And Paso Robles, which earned an at-large bid out of the PAC 7, travels to Flintridge Prep, the Prep League’s fourth-place finisher.
Two county teams play road games in Division 5AA: Templeton draws No. 2 seed Santa Clara (20-6), the Tri-Valley League champion; and Nipomo plays Milken Community, the Heritage League runner-up.
Coastal Christian travels to Pacific Lutheran, the runner-up of the Mulholland League, in a Division 6A game.
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Arroyo Grande earned the No. 3 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff bracket, and Wednesday at 5 p.m., it will host the winner of the Adolfo Camarillo-Chaparral wildcard game.
The Eagles went 25-5 this season, were PAC 7 champions and are looking for their fourth consecutive divisional championship. The past three titles they won were in Division 4, but the Eagles were moved up to Division 3 prior to the season.
San Luis Obispo, which took second in the PAC 7, will travel to South Pasadena (22-2) to take on the No. 4 seed and Rio Hondo league champions.
Atascadero hosts a wildcard game Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Hueneme, an at-large from the Pacific View League.
Nipomo, which finished third in the LPL, on Thursday travels to No. 3 seed Los Osos (20-9), the Baseline League champions, for a Division 4 game at 5 p.m.