However, they won’t know whom they’re going to play until Wednesday night when Huntington Beach hosts Tustin. The winner of that game plays Los Alamitos and May and his coaching staff would like to be there in person to scout both teams. One problem, though. Wednesday is also Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. So what is a married coach to do? Most wives would get mad at their husbands for volunteering to work on Valentine’s Day but luckily for him, Los Alamitos boys basketball coach Russ May doesn’t have that problem. After winning the Sunset League title and riding a 16-game winning streak into the CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Griffins (24-4) will open the postseason at home this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. “Instead of dinner and a movie, it’s probably going to be dinner and a basketball game for the wife,” May said. “Or maybe I’ll take a rain check on Valentine’s Day. Actually, my wife is pretty competitive. She’d probably send me to the game rather than have dinner.” Some coaches might not want a bye this time of the year for fear of losing whatever momentum they had entering the playoffs but if you ask St. Anthony coach Glenn Marx, he’ll take one every time. The Saints finished the regular season 23-3, having won the Santa Fe League with a perfect 8-0 record. As a result, they were seeded second in Division IV-A and have a bye in Wednesday’s first round. They won’t play again until they host a second-round game on Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s Webb-L.A. Baptist contest. “I like having a bye in the first round,” Marx said. “We don’t have to play a game on Wednesday and we get to scout our next opponent in person. And whoever wins only has one day to prepare for us. I think we have the advantage.” Just about every year, there’s a lot of pressure on Artesia in the playoffs because usually, it’s the favorite to win its division. However, this year, the Pioneers will not have that problem because they’re no longer the hunted, but the hunter instead. Despite only having two losses during the regular season, Artesia (24-2) didn’t earn the top seed in Division I-AA. Instead, that went to Mater Dei (24-3) while the Pioneers are seeded second. Artesia beat the Monarchs on Dec. 29, 58-57 at the Orange Holiday Classic. “I guess that gives us something to shoot for,” Artesia coach Loren Grover said. “But right now, we’re not worried about rankings, we just want to play, no matter who it’s against. We haven’t played a game since last Tuesday so I think we’re all chomping on the bit to get back on the floor.” Normally in the playoffs, teams don’t know too much about their opponent and they have to rely on looking at film to scout them. La Mirada, however, won’t that have that problem. The Matadores (19-7) defeated Lawndale 56-42 on Dec. 9 in the finals of the El Rancho Tournament and as luck would have it, the Matadores drew them again in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs Friday night. And if they win and if Gahr beats St. John Bosco in the first round, La Mirada would then play the Gladiators in the second round Feb. 20. The Matadores defeated Gahr 91-88 on Jan. 15. For the first time in a while, Compton is going to be completely healthy when it opens the playoffs Friday night at home against the winner of Wednesday’s South Torrance-J. Serra wild-card game. The latest injury for the Tarbabes (22-5) occurred last Thursday against Jordan when senior point guard Anthony Sandoval was hit in the face with an elbow. Sandoval never returned and he needed nine stitches to stop the bleeding. On Sunday, Compton coach Tony Thomas said he should have his floor general back in time for Friday’s game. “He’s going to have the stitches taken out on Thursday and we expect him to be healthy,” Thomas said. “He’s the facilitator of our offense and we need him.” – Ben Villa 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!