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Santa Barbara Basketball to Play Oxnard in CIF State Tournament

Carpinteria earns its first-ever state berth in Division 5

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Bryce Warrecker and the Santa Barbara Dons basketball team will return to the court to play Oxnard in the CIF State Tournament. (Noozhawk file photo)

Santa Barbara High won’t have to go far to play in the CIF State Boys Basketball Championships.

The Dons will play a first-round game at Oxnard on Tuesday night in the Division 3 bracket. The teams met on Jan. 4 at Oxnard, with the Yellowjackets pulling out a 55-54 victory.

Oxnard (23-8) is seeded No. 3 and Santa Barbara (28-4) 14th in the 16-team Southern Regional.

Carpinteria received its first-ever state basketball tournament berth. The Warriors (15-15), who reached the Division 5A semifinals, will play at Orange Vista in the opening round of the Division 5 regional on Tuesday in Perris. Orange Vista (22-8) lost in the 4A Division final against Burbank-Providence.

Santa Barbara and Oxnard both lost in the CIF-Southern Section division semifinals. The Dons fell to Palm Springs, 57-55 in the 3A Division while the Yellowjackets fell to eventual 3AA champion Rolling Hills Prep, 64-46.

The Santa Barbara-Oxnard winner will play either No. 6 Crescenta Valley and No. 11 Bakersfield.

San Diego Montgomery (27-4) is the top seed in Division 3.

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