• Boys Basketball Preview: #4 Seed Pacific Grove Ready to take on #5 Seed Harker in CCS Division IV Quarterfinals

    Last season, Pacific Grove made it to the CCS Division IV playoffs after taking a share of the MTAL title. However, they lost a close game to Kings Academy, 39-36.

    This season, the Breakers are having their best season since the 2004-2005 season when they went 14-0 in MTAL league play and advanced to the NorCal Division IV playoffs.

    The Breakers are led by two sophomores, in Brad Sendell and Erol Ersek. Sendell leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points a night, while Ersek is second with 9.3. Sendell and Ersek also lead the team in three point shots made. It’s not just about the offensive side though, Ersek, being 6’4” is all over the place on the defensive side of the ball. Ersek usually guards the other team’s best offensive player and usually shuts them down.

    Pacific Grove will have to avoid the rust, as they haven’t played a game in 10 days. Maybe the rest will be good though, the Breakers ended the season on a 10 game winning streak, but will need as many fresh legs as they can have, to advance to the division IV semi-finals.

    Harker, from San Jose, finished fourth in the West Bay Athletic League with a record of 8-6. The Eagles had an overall record of 16-9. Coming into this game, the Eagles are the #5 seed, and defeated #12 seeded Del Mar, 71-38 in the second round of the CCS Division IV playoffs. Harker also plays in a tough league, with teams like Sacred Heart Prep, the #4 seed in the Open Division. Pinewood, the #1 seed in Division V, and Menlo School, the #2 seed in Division IV.

    Led by senior Eric Holt, Harker plays an overall good game. They average 60.6 points per game, and on the defensive side, they force a little over 11 steals a game. Holt leads the team with 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Second on the team is senior Sriviany Irrinki, who averages 13.3 points a game. Irrinki also had two games where he scored 35 points.

    The Breakers shouldn’t have too much to worry about though, as they average 54 points per game themselves. On the defensive side they average 7.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game.

    It should be a really competitive game between the #4 and #5 seed. With these two teams matched up so closely on paper, it will really come down to who executes and plays their game.

    The Breakers experience in close game, should come in handy for a big game like this. Sendell and Ersek have both hit game winning 3-point shots at the buzzer for Pacific Grove. They also won all four games that they played in overtime.

    #4 seed Pacific Grove (18-5, 13-1) will play against #5 seed Harker (16-9, 8-6) in the CCS Division IV Playoffs on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:15 p.m. The game will be played at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz.

    Interesting Note: MTAL rival and #9 seed Carmel will play against #1 seed Santa Cruz on Saturday as well, at 10:00 a.m.

    If both Pacific Grove and Carmel win, they will meet each other for the third time this season, in the semi-finals.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 27, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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