The South Bay has the No. 2 seeds in the top boys divisions as high school basketball playoffs begin Friday, but every team involved will be hard pressed to bring home a title.
Serra is seeded second in the CIF 5-A playoffs and opens at home against Marina. San Pedro, which tied Carson for the Marine League title but beat the Colts twice, is seeded second in City 4-A playoffs and will play host to El Camino or Taft. The team seeded ahead of Serra is Mater Dei, which hasn't lost a game in two years. Seeded ahead of San Pedro is Crenshaw, the state's top-ranked team.
In another 5-A opener St. Bernard (No. 4 seed) plays at Fountain Valley.
In CIF 4-A openers, Redondo travels to top seed Capistrano Valley, Lynwood is at Rolling Hills, San Marcos is at Inglewood and Hawthorne plays at Dominguez.
In the 3-A Division, defending champ and No. 4 seed Morningside is at home against a wild card winner and El Segundo plays at Brea-Olinda. The top seed in the division is Ganesha.