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Basketball Playoff Brackets Due For Release Today
Riverbank High's boys and girls basketball teams will reveal the first page of their postseason novels today, Feb. 13, when the Sac Joaquin Section releases the final pairings for its Division IV bracket.

Projections have Riverbank boys set for a No. 3 seed while the Bruin girls will likely land outside the top-8 and be forced to travel in the first round.

Either way, the two teams will decide their postseason fate with first round contests slated for Feb. 19 (girls) and Feb. 20 (boys).


The Bruin boys fell 81-39 to state power, Modesto Christian, on Feb. 8 and closed Trans-Valley League play with Hughson on Tuesday, Feb. 12, though results were not available at press time.

Riverbank was third in the Feb. 2 release of the SJS power ratings, and not likely to move up since Colfax had a tremendous league-strength rating from the Pioneer Valley League. Even if Colfax ends the year at 7-3, the Falcons will likely take the No. 1 seed in D-IV.

Summerville is a lock as the second seed, leaving Riverbank as a potential semifinal opponent as the No. 3 while Liberty Ranch settles for No. 4.

If the playoffs began Monday, Riverbank would have hosted Mariposa of the Southern League in the first round of playoffs. Regardless of the final SL contests, it's likely Riverbank will host a SL qualifier (Waterford, Mariposa or Delhi).

A first-round win could land Riverbank with a host contest against the likes of Ripon (6-6 TVL) or Mesa Verde (8-2 Golden Empire League). There, a win would propel the Bruins into a SJS semifinal at Tokay High for a shot at the section finals at the Sleep Train Arena.


Riverbank's Feb. 11 meeting with Hughson went a long way towards deciding final postseason placement, but results were not available at press time. Regardless of the outcome, the Lady Bruins are a lock for a postseason seed but also well outside of a home game to open the bracket.

The best-case-scenario for the Bruins is an away contest against the likes of Bradshaw Christian from the lackluster Sierra Delta League. A win would likely force Riverbank to travel to Colfax for a shot at the semifinals.

Colfax is a tough draw from the strong Pioneer Valley League, but potentially the best semifinal matchup for Riverbank since the other options are undefeated PVL champ Bear River, undefeated Argonaut and a Ripon team that handily beat Riverbank twice.

Colfax and Riverbank do have a common opponent. The Bruins beat a Liberty Ranch team 47-40 that was dispatched by Colfax 52-20 six days prior.