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Some basketball teams play on despite Sac-Joaquin Section losses

Pleasant Grove Eagles Marquese Chriss bats away shot by Folsom Bulldogs Jared Wall during the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Basketball Championships at Sleep Train Arena Wednesday March 4, 2015 in Sacramento.
Pleasant Grove Eagles Marquese Chriss bats away shot by Folsom Bulldogs Jared Wall during the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Basketball Championships at Sleep Train Arena Wednesday March 4, 2015 in Sacramento. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Players whose teams lost in Sac-Joaquin Section basketball semifinals or finals weren’t disappointed for long.

With all four section semifinalists advancing to the CIF Northern California Regional playoffs, they all have another chance to continue their seasons.

In Division I, sixth-seeded Pleasant Grove, which lost to boys Division I section champion Folsom in the semifinals, hosts Fremont of Oakland on Wednesday and section losers No. 2 Sheldon and No. 4 Woodcreek have first-round byes.

Folsom, the No. 4 seed in the Open Division, hosts No. 5 El Cerrito on Friday.

In Division II boys, Sacramento is the topseed despite losing in the section final to Modesto Christian, which moved into the Open Division for the NorCal playoffs. Sacramento and sixth-seeded Cosumnes Oaks, which lost to Sacramento in a section semifinal, havefirst-round byes.

In Division IV, Liberty Ranch hosts Anderson, even though it won the boys Northern Section title. Section champions usually host NorCal openers, but the Northern Section’s lack of schedule strength pushed Anderson to a lower seed (ninth). No. 8 Liberty Ranch lost to Capital Christian 72-57 in the section final.

Capital Christian hosts a doubleheader Wednesday, with the boys playing Lassen in Division IV and the girls playing Weed in Division V.

In the Division I girls playoffs, No. 1 McClatchy and No. 2 Oak Ridge have first-round byes.

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