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Dana Hills coach Tom Desiano talks to his team during a timeout during a high school boys basketball game against Aliso Niguel, Friday, Jan.19, 2024 at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso VIejo, Calif. Dana Hills will start its playoff push on Feb. 7 when it hosts Linfield Christian. (Ryan Kuhn,


CIF-SS basketball brackets released featuring 11 teams with first round games starting Feb. 7

Boys games start Feb. 8. Girls games start Feb. 9


First round games are Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. 

Division 2AA

Dana Hills (24-4, 9-0, #1 Sea View) vs. Linfield Christian (12-16, 4-4, #3 Ambassador)

Common opponents: None

Past meetings: First meeting

Trabuco Hills (20-8, 5-3, #2 South Coast) vs. Crescenta Valley (22-6, 12-2, #2 Pacific)

Common opponents: None

Past meetings: Crescenta Valley leads the series 1-0. Crescenta Valley won 43-36 in 2016.

San Juan Hills (18-10, 5-3, #3 South Coast) at Aquinas (16-10, 8-0, #1 Ambassador)

Common opponents: None

Past meetings: San Juan Hills leads the series 1-0. San Juan Hills won 78-54 in the 2022 CIF-SS Div. 2A second round.


Division 2A

Aliso Niguel (20-7, 4-4, #2 Sea View) vs. Corona del Mar (22-6, 5-1, #1 Wave)

Common opponents: Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, El Toro

  • Aliso Niguel defeated Costa Mesa 76-72 on Nov. 15. Aliso Niguel defeated Laguna Beach 48-43 on Dec. 15. Aliso Niguel won two of three meetings against El Toro ( 58-55 OT loss on Jan. 4, 68-52 win on Jan. 12, and 62-44 win on Jan. 31).
  • Corona del Mar defeated Costa Mesa 79-42 on Dec. 13. Corona Del Mar defeated El Toro 60-49 on Dec. 21. Corona del Mar defeated :Laguna Beach twice (54-46 on Jan. 12 and 55-44 on Jan. 30)

Past meetings: Corona del Mar leads the series 2-1. Aliso Niguel won 71-48 in 2011, Corona del Mar won 72-53 in 2009 and 47-37 in 2006.


Division 3AA

St. Margaret’s (17-9, 9-3, #2 Orange Coast) at Pilibos (Los Angeles) (20-7, 6-2, #2 Liberty)

Common opponents: Pacifica Christian (Santa Monica)

  • St. Margaret’s defeated Pacifica Christian 78-56 on Feb. 2
  • Pilibos defeated Pacifica Christian 76-66 on Jan. 12 and 76-68 on Jan. 26

Past meetings: St. Margaret’s leads the series 4-0. St. Margaret’s won 56-43 in 2018, 46-45 in 2015, 56-32 in 2014 and 60-47 in 2012.


Division 3A

San Clemente (23-5, 8-0, #1 South Coast) gets first round bye

San Clemente will play winner of Calvary Chapel/Cate (Carpinteria) on Friday, Feb. 9



First round games are Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. 

St. Margaret’s guard Taylor Francois dribbles up the court during a high school girls basketball game against El Toro, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 at the Mariner Mayhem Classic at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, Calif. St. Margaret’s will play Aliso Niguel in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 3A playoffs on Feb. 8. (Ryan Kuhn,

Division 1

San Juan Hills (18-10, 7-1, #1 South Coast) vs. Rosary (18-8, 4-4, #3 Trinity)

Common opponents:  Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita Catholic

  • San Juan Hills lost to Orange Lutheran 69-44 on Dec. 6. San Juan Hills defeated Santa Margarita Catholic 73-62 on Jan. 13.
  • Rosary was swept by Orange Lutheran in the season series, losing 55-54 on Jan. 11 and 65-45 on Jan. 29. Rosary swept Santa Margarita Catholic in the season series, winning 58-35 on Jan. 3 and 60-48 on Jan. 19

Past meetings: 

  • Rosary leads the series 1-0. Rosary won 53-51 in 2022.


Division 2AA

San Clemente (21-7, 7-1, #1 South Coast) vs. El Dorado (18-10, 3-3, #2 Crestview)

Meetings this season: San Clemente won 54-52 at Villa Park Tournament on Nov. 17

Common opponents:  San Juan Hills, Brea Olinda, Downey

  • San Clemente split two games against San Juan Hills, losing 66-48 on Jan. 22 and winning 52-45 on Feb. 1. San Clemente defeated Brea Olinda twice, 51-33 on Nov. 21 and 53-44 on Dec. 7. San Clemente defeated Downey 54-44 on Dec. 22.
  • El Dorado lost to San Juan Hills 49-26 on Jan. 27. El Dorado split two games against Brea Olina winning 52-46 on Jan. 12 and losing 52-46 on Jan. 23. El Dorado lost toDowney 49-45 on Jan. 20.

Past meetings: El Dorado leads the series 3-2. El Dorado won 53-42 in 2017, 47-38 in 2015 and 68-38 in 2014. San Clemente won 66-48 in 2009. 


Division 3AA

El Toro (18-9, 6-3, #2 Sea View) at Oak Hills (19-8, 9-1 #1 Mojave River)

Common opponents:  None

Past meetings: Oak Hills leads the series 1-0. Oak Hills won 66-41 in 2016.


Division 3A

Dana Hills (24-4, 9-0, #1 Sea View) vs. Cajon (9-16, 5-5, #3 Citrus Belt)

Common opponents: None

Past meetings: None


St. Margaret’s (22-6, 10-2, #2 Orange Coast) vs. Aliso Niguel (8-15, 3-5, No. 3 South Coast)

Common opponents: Calvary Chapel, Pacifica Christian (Orange County) 

  • St. Margaret’s was swept by Calvary Chapel, losing 67-65 in overtime on Dec. 21 and 39-37 in overtime on Jan. 23 St. Margaret’s split two games against Pacifica Christian, losing 43-42 on Nov. 28 and winning 36-33 on Dec. 6
  • Aliso Niguel lost to Calvary Chapel 65-40 on Nov. 22. Aliso Niguel lost to Pacifica Christian 56-21 on Nov. 24.

Past meetings: None

Ryan was born and raised in Dana Point went to Dana Hills High School. He graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in Journalism. Throughout his career as a sports journalist, he has covered high schools, colleges, and professional teams. After working for multiple newspapers in as many states, he came to the conclusion that what he really wanted was to make sure the high schools in his hometown area got the sports coverage they deserved. Follow him on Twitter @rskuhn

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