January 11, 2020
Artesia, however, was not the only local team to qualify for the state tournament. After winning the CIF-SS Division I-A title with a 67-50 decision over Redondo, Los Alamitos earned the sixth seed in Division I. The Griffins (29-4) , who enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state, having won 21 games in a row, will host San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley (23-6) on Thursday. “I thought our draw was fair and I’m happy to have a home game,” Griffins coach Russ May said. “Obviously, any time you reach the state tournament, you have to play great teams in every round because just about everybody has won a championship. In order to win a state title, you have to win some big games and our division is tough. “Fairfax is the top seed, everybody knows about them, and Westchester is always good. Plus, I can tell you from playing them, that M.L. King is very dangerous.” LONG BEACH – By beating nationally ranked Mater Dei for the second time this season in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA final over the weekend, the Artesia High boy’s basketball team proved it was the best team in the state. On Sunday, the CIF State committee agreed as the Pioneers (29-2) were awarded the No. 1 seed in Division III when the Southern Regional playoff pairings were announced. Artesia, which won the state championship in Division III last year, begins its quest to win another titled Thursday at 7 p.m. when it hosts San Diego’s St. Augustine (13-15) in a first-round game. “We’re the I-AA champions and the best team in the state, so we knew it was going to be hard for some other Division III team to be ranked ahead of us,” said Pioneers coach Loren Grover, whose team downed Mater Dei, 77-68, Saturday night for the school’s second straight CIF-SS championship. “We’re happy to be the No. 1 seed and have a home game.” Even though Compton lost in the CIF-SS Division I-AA semifinals to Mater Dei last week, the Tarbabes were also rewarded with an invitation to the Division II field. Compton (25-6) earned the second seed behind Mater Dei (29-4) and will host San Diego Serra in a first-round game Thursday. The state finals will be held at the Arco Arena in Sacramento on the weekend of March 23. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!