En route to a 16-10 record, the Bellarmine-Jefferson boys’ basketball team played its share of tough opponents.
Alas, its arduous schedule has paid dividends, as the Guards earned the second seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 5-A playoffs as released on Sunday.
No. 2 Bell-Jeff will host Mammoth in the opening round of play on Wednesday, while Burbank, Burroughs and Providence are all headed on the road for their openers.
On Friday night, the Division 2-AA playoffs tip off, with Burroughs (16-10), having finished tied for third in the Pacific League, traveling to face Placentia Valencia (18-8), the 16th seed and a second-place squad out of the Empire League.
Awaiting the winner in Tuesday’s second round will be Chino or No. 1 seed Anaheim Canyon.
Burbank (13-13), having earned an at-large bid after a fifth-place finish in the Pacific League, opens up first-round play on Friday at 10th-seeded Peninsula (13-12), the Bay League’s No. 2 squad, in the Division 1-A tournament.