By Gideon Rubin
In any other division, Torrey Pines could have expected a relatively easy first-round playoff opponent after winning the Palomar League with an unbeaten record.
No such matchups exist, however, in the intensely competitive San Diego Section Open Division.
And so the Falcons, a No. 3 seed, had to scramble in a quarterfinal game against No. 6 Hoover, but they got through it, overcoming a four-point deficit going into the fourth quarter on their way to a 68-59 overtime victory on March 1.
Sam Worman scored 21 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Falcons, and Dominic Hovasse added 16 points.
Brandon Cyrus and Zach Wagner contributed nine and eight points, respectively.
The Falcons outscored their opponent 15-6 in the overtime period as they improved their overall record for the season to 26-4.
Cathedral Catholic lost to Morse 57-39 in a first-round Division I playoff game on Feb. 26.
Reid Johnson scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Dons and Cameron Moore added nine points.
The Dons overall record for the season fell to 15-11.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Steele Canyon 68-56 in a Division II quarterfinal on March 1.
The Eagles opened the playoffs with a 62-60 victory over Fallbrook three days earlier.
Brian Finley, Stephen Philo and Cole Needham each scored 14 points to lead the Eagles in the Fallbrook game.
Jack Langborg and Danny Finley scored 11 and nine points, respectively.
The Eagles fell to 16-13 overall for the season.
San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Bonita Vista 63-54 in a Division IV opening-round playoff game on Feb. 26.
Judah Rosenzweig scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the Lions and Adam Sloane added 12 points and eight boards.
The Lions fell to 16-8 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Mission Bay 66-58 in a Division I playoff game on Feb. 26.
The Ravens fell to 12-16 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated Our Lady of the Peace 61-58 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Feb. 28.
The Falcons win was their 14th in a row. It followed a 66-19 win against San Diego three days earlier.
Sierra Campisano scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Falcons against OLP.
Christina Ellis added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Campisano scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons in the San Diego game.
Christina Ellis added 15 points and Madison Lombard and Ayli Tulberg contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 24-5.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Granite Hills 68-64 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Feb. 28.
The victory followed a 60-53 first-round victory over Escondido three days earlier.
Kendall Fisher scored 25 points to lead the Dons in the Granite Hills game.
Mia Gallo added 20 points and Juliet Jones contributed 16 points.
Jones led the Dons in the Escondido game with 22 points and Fisher added 17 points.