If you ask most basketball coaches they’ll tell you they don’t like playing teams three times in a season.
That’s not going to stop the Central California Conference from going back to a triple-round robin schedule next season.
The past two seasons the CCC has switched to a 10-league season. They made the move from the 15-game conference season because coaches didn’t like playing teams three times and they didn’t like giving some teams a two-to-one advantage in home games against opponents.
If the Turlock boys have to travel to Golden Valley twice and only host the Cougars once that could be a big edge in determining the league title.
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However, the 10 game league schedule is just too short.
“I don’t like the triple-round-robin schedule but we don’t have a choice,” said Buhach Colony boys basketball coach John Bliss. “Three games is too many and two games is not enough.”
With the Sac-Joaquin Section changing the playoff system this year to only awarding playoff spots to the top three teams in league, it means only 10 of the 27 games played count toward the playoffs.
Money also played a factor in going to a 15-game conference schedule. With more league games it’s cutting down on the travel cost and it also could mean more money coming in with more home games.
With only two nonconference home games, the Merced boys will only play seven games at Clemons Court this season. The Golden Valley boys only have eight home games.
The triple-round robin schedule will only be needed for the two years El Capitan is expected to be part of the Western Athletic Conference. When the Gauchos join the CCC the conference will have seven teams and can go to a 12-game league schedule.
Making players disappear
If you go on to MaxPreps you’ll find all of the Los Banos girls basketball statistics. You’ll notice that Jacquelin Arretche is averaging 21.8 points per game.
That wasn’t the case a few weeks ago.
Arretche’s statistics were notably missing from the Tigers stats. It wasn’t a mistake.
Los Banos coach Danny Crosby took Arretche’s stats off of the website because he didn’t want coaches who were playing the Tigers during the West Coast Jamboree to know about the Tigers star.
Crosby was trying to use any advantage he could.
“Once we get to league play I’ll put her stats back on there,” Crosby said. “They already know about Jacquelin in league.”
True to his word, the Tigers’ complete stats are now there for anybody to see.
Bulldogs No. 1 in state
The Le Grand football team ended the season ranked No. 1 in CalHiSports final Division 5 rankings. The Bulldogs finished the season 12-0 and won their fourth straight section title.
Le Grand was the only team not to win a CIF State Bowl this year to earn the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Hilmar linebacker Joseph Bello was named to MaxPreps all Northern California second team as well as MaxPreps all Sac-Joaquin Section team.
The Trans-Valley League Defensive Player of the Year finished with 138 tackles and helped the Yellowjackets to 13-1.