How about those Analy Tigers and other playoff thoughts

Analy gets the nod for the best performance in an underdog role for its NCS Division III comeback win against No. 1 seed Bishop O’Dowd.

The Tigers aren’t big, but they can shoot and obviously play some defense. Analy lost to Cardinal Newman twice and to Piner twice early in the season, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch with either of those teams now.

Analy is on a roll and with its role players — Gavin Winter, Max Fujii, Kevin Aronis and Corey Daly. Remember, Analy was only a No. 5 seed in the playoffs. Now they’ll be playing No. 2 Miramonte Friday night (8 p.m.) at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

Better yet, by assuring themselves a spot in the NCS championship game, they automatically qualify for next week’s NorCals. A win against Miramonte would assure them at least one home game in NorCals.

Just ask any of the Analy players what kind of advantage playing before the home crowd at Analy makes. It probably helped in wiping out that second half 12-point deficit against O’Dowd.

Kudos too to the Cloverdale boys, who nearly defeated St. Joseph’s of Alameda on Wednesday, also wiping out a big deficit.

Piner lost by nine to Miramonte and Newman was never in the game after the first quarter, losing to St. Mary’s of Berkeley by 20.

In the small schools, Sonoma Academy girls will play for the first Div. VI NCS championship Saturday night at home at 7:30 p.m. against CSD.

The Summerfield Waldorf boys lost in OT to Pacific Union.