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Flintridge Prep boys' basketball pulls down No. 2 seed

Flintridge Prep leads local contingent into playoffs, while Crescenta Valley, St. Francis also get high seeds.

February 10, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep junior Robert Cartwright has been a key to the Rebels' success since he was freshman.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep junior Robert Cartwright…

When Sunday’s CIF Southern Section boys’ basketball pairings were released, Flintridge Prep Coach Garrett Ohara got the seed he expected and was plenty happy about it.

“Love the draw,” said Ohara, whose Prep League-champion Rebels garnered the No. 2 seed in Division 5-AA and will host Avalon in a first-round matchup Wednesday. “The rankings obviously don’t help you win a game, but they make it easier for you, your path at least.”

The playoff paths of Crescenta Valley, St. Francis, Hoover and Glendale were also unveiled, with the Falcons as the only other local to garner a home game.

Just like Ohara, Falcons Coach Shawn Zargarian was happy with his seed, but in contrast, he was a bit surprised.

After a bit of a bumpy second half to league play, the Falcons netted the No. 4 seed in Division 1-A and will host Sunbelt League at-large Paloma Valley.

“I was kind of surprised to see us ranked that high,” said Zargarian, whose Falcons were ranked sixth going into play last week. “It’s a tribute to the kids and the program to be ranked as high as we were.”

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Crescenta Valley, which advanced to the division semifinals last season, took second in the Pacific League and boasts a 20-7 record heading into Friday’s first-round battle against Paloma Valley, which tied for fourth in the Sunbelt League and has a 12-16 record.

Zargarian admitted he doesn’t know much about his opponent just yet, but believes a win will be more dependent on what the Falcons do.

“I think it’s more about what we do and how we play,” said Zargarian, whose team has often lived by the success of its outside shooting. “It’s no secret, we shoot the three. In the games we win, we shoot well.”

If the Falcons win, they’ll face either No. 13 Edison or Walnut in Tuesday’s second round.

Elsewhere in Division 1-A, Glendale received an at-large bid after finishing seventh in the Pacific League with an overall 9-17 mark and drew a very tough Dana Hills team (20-7), which holds the sixth seed and took second in the Sea View League. The winner advances to either Schurr or Troy.

“We were hoping we were getting in. I can’t say that I’m surprised we’re getting in, but we knew it wasn’t a certainty,” Snodgress said. “We know we’re facing a really good club.”

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