Division 1-5 Finals Recap

With champions being crowned in CIF Divisions 1 through 5, let's take a look back at how each of the brackets shook out, plus a look at some key numbers.



Division 1 Recap





Carlsbad 52, La Jolla Country Day 42


The 2nd seed Carlsbad defeated Foothills Christian, Mater Dei Catholic and San Diego by a combined 74 points before defeating the Torreys, which had beaten Vista, Del Norte and upset top-seeded Francis Parker to make it to the finals. 2025 Lancers guard Jake Hall led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds.


Division 2 Recap





Mt Carmel 77, Otay Ranch 61


The 4th seeded Sundevils got hot from 3-point range in the second half against the Mustangs, knocking down 8 triples to erase a two-point halftime deficit. 2022 PG Jaden Matusalem finished with 18 points and hit three second-half threes to pace Mt.Carmel, which got the championship game with an opening-round win over Valhalla, followed by 1-point victories over Patrick Henry and top-seeded Montgomery. Otay Ranch knocked off Army Navy, Calexico and Hoover to make it to the title game.


Division 3 Recap





San Dieguito Academy 57, Scripps Ranch 46


The top-seeded Mustangs held serve beating Mt. Miguel, Ramona and Grossmont before upending the 3 seed in the title game. John Hapgood, the Avocado League player of the year, led the way with 25 points, giving the program its first championship win since 1965. Scripps Ranch beat West Hills in the opening round, then survived against two league opponents- High Tech SD and Madison - in the subsequent rounds.


Division 4 Recap





Monte Vista 54, Victory Christian Academy 36


The top-seeded Monarchs made a consistent and dominant run through the field, defeating San Pasqual, Fallbrook, Escondido Charter and Victory Christian by an average of 18 points. For the Spring Valley School, the title win was the first in 51 years. Victory Christian Academy defeated Southwest EC, Hilltop and Crawford by more than 20 points each contest before falling in the final.


Division 5 Recap



Saint Joseph Academy 68, Valley Center 36


The top-seeded Crusaders, a school with only 95 9-12 grade students, dominated the championship game against the Jaguars, leading for 30 of 32 minutes. Led by senior guards Mikey Murray (31 points) and Daniel Valenzuela (15 points), Saint Joseph defeated Escondido Adventist and Horizon by 29 points each before defeating El Cajon Valley - a school that some considered the division favorite - by 15 points. The 11th seeded Jaguars defeated small schools Ocean View Christian, San Diego Jewish Academy and the 2 seed Southern California Yeshiva before falling to the Crusaders.


By the numbers:


1971


The last time Monte Vista won a boys basketball championship before this week.


1965


The last time San Dieguito Academy won a boys basketball championship before this week.


95


The number of 9-12 students who attend Saint Joseph Academy, which won the Division 5 title.


21


The number of points freshman Jake Hall scored out of Carlsbad's 52 points in the Lancers 52-42 win over LJCD.


FOUR


Number of public schools to win titles, compared to only one by a private school.


TWO


Number of first-time champions, Mt. Carmel and Saint Joseph Academy


ONE


Championship games remaining this weekend...


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