Early hoops ratings not kind to MMC

The Modesto Metro Conference would receive only two playoff berths if the postseason began today, according to the Sac-Joaquin Section ratings released Monday.

Enochs would be the No. 9 seed and Johansen would be No. 16, the final entry in the Division I tournament.

The teams are tied for first at 4-1 and play Wednesday at Enochs, but the Eagles' 12-5 nonleague record explains the gap in the ratings.

Johansen carried a 4-12 record into conference play.

The Central California Conference is a different story: It would send four teams to the Division I playoffs and three would host openers.

No. 3 Merced, No. 4 Golden Valley and No. 7 Turlock would be playing in front of the home fans, while No. 10 Pitman would travel. No other conference would have as many teams in the Division I playoffs.

The section uses power ratings, a complex formula combining league and overall records with the strength of schedule, to seed playoff brackets for five divisions of girls and boys basketball tournaments.

The ratings will be updated each of the next three weeks, with the final version -- and the pairings for the opening round of the playoffs -- released Feb. 22. Section playoffs go from Feb. 24 through March 7.

Other highlights from the ratings:

Turlock's girls are No. 2 in D-I, the highest of any Stanslaus District team. No other CCC team is in the top 16, but Merced is sitting at No. 17.

MC's boys, despite nine section crowns in a row, are No. 5 in D-IV because of early season struggles.

East Union's girls, with a district-best 20-1 record, are No. 4 in D-III. They are trailing Del Oro (17-0), national powerhouse St. Mary's (13-3) and Sacramento (14-6).

MC's girls are only No. 7 in D-IV, well behind No. 3 Linden -- even though they beat Linden just two weeks ago. Southern League leader Le Grand is seeded fifth.

There is plenty of time for teams to rise or fall in the seedings, as league records will carry more weight than a team's nonleague results.

Bee staff writer Richard T. Estrada can be reached at or 578-2300.

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