No. 5 RODRIGUEZ (23-5) vs. No. 4 TURLOCK (23-5) — The Mustangs have won 13 of their last 14 and doubled up Davis-Yolo 62-31 in the first round, while Turlock has won 13 of 15 with two narrow losses to No. 2 seed Merced. ... Rodriguez averages 70 points a game, led by 6-foot Rashard Allen (14 ppg) and 6-4 Andrew Lewis (13 ppg). The inside game features 6-5 B.J. Smith and 6-4 Tyler Idowu, combining for 20 points and 16 rebounds. ... That size could pose a problem for Turlock, which relies heavily on 6-4 Eric Wetzel (15 ppg, 9 rpg) to help control the boards. It's crucial that Turlock get a solid start from 6-3 guard Travis Souza (21 ppg), who was held to nine by a physical defense in a 70-49 first-round win.
KEY: Turlock will be slower and will have to survive a few frenetic spurts from eager-to-run Rodriguez. Souza needs to hit from the perimeter and Turlock has to take care of the ball -- realizing the Mustangs' defense is the quickest it will have seen this season.
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No. 7 DAVIS (24-4) vs. No. 2 MERCED (24-4) — The Spartans lost two to Turlock and two to D-3 quarterfinalist Manteca over an eight-day span in December, but have won 19 in a row. They overcame a much taller foe in the first round, but Merced poses a different problem — it will be the fastest team Davis has seen this season. ... Merced has won 13 in a row since an inexplicable loss to Pitman and features a potent trio in 5-11 Reggie Nelson (16 ppg), 6-4 Brian Cooksey (14 ppg) and 6-foot Tyrone Bowie (13 ppg). ... It's a great matchup for Davis, powerful — but not tall — up front with 6-1 Kory Johnson, 5-9 Donte Walker and 6-3 Lance Castaneda (a combined 41 ppg).
KEY: As good as Johnson and Walker are, this one could be decided by Castaneda underneath. Headed to Cal Poly on a football scholarship, his rebounding and put-back baskets will pose a problem for Merced if it has Cooksey defending the athletic Johnson.
No. 3 BRADSHAW CHRISTIAN (22-7) vs. No. 2 RIPON CHRISTIAN (21-6) — No one in the division can match RC's strength of schedule: It plays in a D-4 league and nearly beat Modesto Christian. It beat D-5 top seed Victory Christian by 21 and D-4 No. 2 seed Calaveras by 14. Bradshaw lost to Victory by five and split two games vs. No. 4 Valley Christian. ... Bradshaw lacks the size to go one-on-one against 6-8 Tyler Goslinga (21 ppg, 11 rpg), but the Pride will attack to try and get him in foul trouble. ... RC's dilemma is matching up with 6-5 J.J. Mina (19 ppg, 12 rpg) and 6-4 Scott Ecklund (13 ppg, 10 rpg). Mina is an near-impossible matchup because he has 51 treys and shoots 42 percent from beyond the arc.
KEY: When facing an imposing center, teams go right at the big man in an effort to get fouls. Goslinga must keep his feet planted on the floor, rather than fly at shooters, and be willing to concede a couple of layups rather than risk picking up cheap fouls. If Goslinga stays on the court, RC is in great shape to make the final.
No. 11 RIPON CHRISTIAN (12-14) vs. No. 2 TURLOCK CHRISTIAN (25-4) — RC has upset two higher seeds, but hasn't met a team of TC's ability. Imagine how powerful TC would be if Halie Bergman (24 ppg) were not sidelined by a knee injury. ... When these two met last year in the quarterfinals, TC won 37-27. TC also won by 20 in December, when Bergman was still playing. To avoid a similar result, 5-10 Kelsey Tillema (13 ppg, 10 rpg) needs scoring support from her struggling teammates. ... TC took on an underdog's mentality after losing Bergman, winning 16 of its last 17. TC will spread the scoring with 6-foot Kaysa Spycher, and the 5-9 duo of Molly Farrar and Amy Wright (combined 30 ppg).
KEY: TC averages 56 rebounds a night — the section's No. 2 team gets 46 a game — led by Spycher (11 rpg) and 6-2 soph Marly Burton (9.1 rpg). If TC continues that dominance, it is headin to the title game.
— RICHARD T. ESTRADA