Sunday, September 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

When is 16 wins really 15? Ask the Blue Devils

By
From page B1 | February 05, 2013 |

When is win No. 16, actually No. 15? And how in the heck does anyone really know when they’ve made the CIF boys basketball playoffs?

Given Davis High’s precarious perch in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s just-released power rankings (13th) — and the news that nonleague games after Jan. 8 don’t count in those all-important ratings — the Blue Devils know their best formula for a playoff berth will be winning Wednesday night.

That’s when cellar-dwelling Monterey Trail comes to town for a crucial Delta Valley Conference meeting with the Blue Devils (15-9, 5-3). It appears if DHS wins, it’s in …

CIF-SJS Media Relations Director Will DeBoard explains:

“We do not count nonleague games like the Common Good (in which DHS pummeled Valley Christian, 134-55) in the power ratings. (Davis) would say their record is 15-9 while we would say 14-9. The record we post isn’t always the correct record on the year; instead, it’s the record we use to determine their power rating.”

So, according to CIF rankings, Davis’ record-setting Common Good win on Jan. 19 — on paper — never happened.

What does this all mean to the Devils, who are in a three-way tie for second behind Grant in the topsy-turvy DVC?

“If you are in the top 16 (rankings come Feb. 13), you are in the playoffs regardless of what else happens,” DeBoard continued. “We take those top 16 teams, then we look below the top 16 for any league champions and any teams with 15 or more wins and they are added to the field. However many teams are added beyond 16, that is the number of play-in games.

“In D1 boys, it looks like two teams may have 15 wins, but are out of the top 16 — West and Chavez. So if that goes final, then West would play the 16 seed in a play-in and Chavez would be at the No. 15.”

OK, stop!

In CIF’s eyes, a win over Monterey Trail would be Davis’ 15th. It’s a magic (if not mystic) number for inclusion in the postseason.

On Senior Night Wednesday at DHS, nine 12th-graders — Daniel Bonetti, Grant Dickerson, Hayden Duer, James Kilkenny, Adam King, Hayden Russell, Mikie Schlosser, Tommy Slabaugh and Kevin Sorensen — and their families will be honored in pre-game ceremonies in which fans will get a chance to say thanks for a whirlwind season that has been entertaining and dramatic.

The ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m. with game time shortly thereafter.

The contest comes after 1,266 fans set a new Davis attendance record last Friday while watching the Blue Devils give new life to their playoff hopes by beating Laguna Creek, 86-80.

“Another big crowd would definitely translate into team energy,” says DHS coach Dan Gonzalez. “There is no doubt having a big crowd gets everyone excited and provides that extra boost to perform at a very competitive level.

“Friday’s crowd did provide the energy for the team and they truly appreciated the awesome attendance by the supportive fans.”

Gonzalez says his charges know Monterey Trail is not to be scoffed at, especially after the Devils escaped the Mustangs’ home court with a 96-91 overtime win Jan. 18.

“By now the players are well aware of our playoff situation and how no team can be taken lightly,” adds the 15th-year coaching veteran. “In looking at Monterey Trail games, its record does not reflect how competitive and rough they are to play against.”

The Mustangs almost got Grant (18-7, 6-2) on Jan. 25 before losing 49-46. They’ve lost four other games by five points or less.

Notes: Gonzalez is taking it slow with Dickerson, who heard a sound in his knee and played less than a minute on Friday. … Grant gets Laguna Creek (14-11, 5-3) at home on Wednesday while Franklin plays at Elk Grove (13-12, 3-5). If Davis wins out, and the Cardinals get the Pacers (they beat Grant 67-66 last time), a likely three-way tie will occur — DHS, Laguna Creek and Grant all 7-3 in DVC play.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8047.

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Bet Haverim hosts High Holy Day services

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    Teams assess damage as wildfire burns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Driver arrested for DUI after Saturday morning crash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Help raise funds for juvenile diabetes cure

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Jewelry, art for sale at Senior Center

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Community Meals needs cooks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Hawk Hill trip planned Sept. 30

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Send kids to camp!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Da Vinci awarded $38,000 for restorative justice program

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Outdoor yoga marathon celebrates community

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Wise words

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

    Awareness is key to this fight

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Where is this going?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A6

    We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A6

     
    Options for protection come with flu season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Are we there yet? Not enough hours in the day to goof off

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

     
    Don’t sell city greenbelt

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Paso Fino project is flawed

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Paso Fino — it’s not worth it

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Archer will get my vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    It’s time for Davis Scouts to stand up for what is right

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Mike Keefe cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Building something at schools’ HQ

    By Our View | From Page: A10

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Maybe David can beat Goliath again

    By Lynne Nittler | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Sports

    DHS gets on its Morse to beat Edison

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    JV Blue Devils drop low-scoring affair

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B2

     
    Republic FC’s fairy tale season continues

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Wire briefs: Giants rally falls short in San Diego

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Four local swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    ‘We’re a way better team’ than record, says UCD’s Shaffer

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie men pound Pomona-Pitzer in the pool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4

    Davis 15-year-old making a splash in European F4 series

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Ladies Foursome’ adds shows

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    .

    Business

    UCD grad’s startup earns kudos at TechCrunch event

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Styles on target for November debut

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7

    MBI hires VP of marketing

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Taylor Morrison unveils new Woodland community next weekend

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Rob White: What is an ‘innovation center’?

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Carol L. Walsh

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, September 21, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8