Saddleback basketball clinches playoff berths

Michael Grennell

Monday afternoon, the California Community College Athletics Association released the playoff brackets for the 2013 basketball postseason.
With the release of the brackets, the Gauchos learned that both their men’s and women’s teams were in the 2013 playoffs.
After finishing their season at 25-4 (12-0 in conference play) and winning the OEC conference title, the Gauchos wrapped up the number one seed in the Southern California Regional playoffs.
Saddleback will look to extend its winning streak to 16 games when they will host their first round matchup on Saturday, Mar. 2. The winner of this game will move on to play against the winner of the Mira Costa-East Los Angeles game.
The Gauchos will host the winner of the play-in game between 16 seed Cuesta College and 17 seed Citrus College. The Cuesta-Citrus matchup will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Before the men’s bracket was announced on Monday, the women’s regional bracket was released, revealing that the Gauchos had managed to squeak into the playoffs with the number 18 seed.
The Lady Gauchos won their final game of the season at Santa Ana College with a score of 74-64. The win over the Dons gave Saddleback a final season record of 15-14 (6-6 in conference play).
As the number 18 seed, Saddleback will have to compete in a play-in game on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 15 seed Palomar College Comets.
The winner of the Wednesday night matchup will move on to play at number two seed Ventura on Saturday, Mar. 2. 

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