(1S) Fullerton Hornets (24-6) vs (4N) Canada Colts (23-7)
Top seeded Fullerton will face off against Canada on Thursday in a match up between two solid teams at the Elite Eight in Livermore on Thursday. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season and a place in the final four will be at stake. It will be the first time that Fullerton has faced a team from northern California all season and the Hornets are on a seven game winning streak. Top seeded Fullerton picked up wins against Barstow 96-65 and knocked off 8th seeded Chaffey 86-70 to advance to the Elite Eight. Meanwhile, Canada finished 2nd place in the Coast North Conference and won 23 games this season. The Colts picked up a second round win against San Joaquin Delta 73-52 and followed that up with a 86-71 win over American River to advance to the Elite Eight. Canada is 2-1 against teams from southern California as the Colts lost to Mt. San Antonio 72-58 on November 4th in the opening game of the season. The Colts knocked off Ventura and Canyons in other games against southern California teams.
Fullerton (24-6): The Hornets average 74.2 points this season and have been a standout team throughout the season. Ian Fox leads the Hornets in scoring with 13.9 points per game and the sophomore point guard averages 3.4 assists this season. Sophomores Kenny Barnes (12.7 points and 5.6 rebounds), and Dillon Reise (12.0 points and 5.2 rebounds) are two players that average in double figures and will look to contribute on Thursday when they face the Colts. Freshman Kendall Lauderdale (10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds) has had a standout year as well and is averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games in the post season. Sophomores Nick Anderson and Johnathon Ross are also standouts on the team as the Hornets will look to advance to the Final Four. The Hornets are 6th in the state in field goal percentage as they shoot 48% from the floor this season and they do not take a lot of three pointers as they average 17 attempts per game but shoot it at a 37% clip for the season. Fullerton has a 7.6 rebounding margin per contest which is 8th in the state but where the Hornets stand out is at the defensive end. Fullerton gives up 64.1 points per game and hold opponents to 39% shooting from the floor which is 2nd best in the state. Opponents only shoot 31% from behind the three point line as well as the Hornets will look to slow down the Colts on the offensive end.
Canada (23-7): The Colts have one of the most effective offenses in the state as Canada averages 82.8 points per contest (11th best in the state) and Canada makes 30 out 66 a night which is 8th best in both categories. Canada makes 8.9 three pointers a night (15th in the state) and average 41.4 rebounds per contest (9th in the state). Five Colts average in double figures and leading the way is inside outside player Antony Navarrete who leads the team with 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. Navarrete has been a force all season and the freshman had a season high 28 points against Ventura on November 12th. Sophomores Mike Pickney (14.7 points and 4.2 assists), William Green (13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds), and Davis Kimble (11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds) are contributing at a high level along with freshman Keith Dickerson (10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds). Freshman Marcel Burton is also another option as the guard is averaging 7.8 points per game this season for the Colts. At the defensive end, Canada gives up 72.7 points per game and the Colts turn you over as Canada averages 11.7 steals per contest which is 3rd best in the state. The Colts don’t have a lot of rim protection as theye only block 1.9 shots per night and opponents shoot 35% from downtown against the Colts.
(1N) City College of San Francisco Rams (28-2) vs (4S) Antelope Valley Marauders (22-10)
Top seeded San Francisco will take on Antelope Valley in a very intriguing match up at the Elite Eight on Thursday. The Rams have been one of the top teams all season long across the state and have won 28 games and picked up close wins against Cabrillo (65-61) and Butte (62-60) to advance to the Elite Eight. San Francisco cruised to an 11-1 record in the Coast North Conference with their only loss in conference play coming against Las Positas on January 18th. San Francisco is currently on a 10 game winning streak and their only other loss on the season came against Fresno City 87-86 in Fresno on November 20th. As for Antelope Valley, it was a up and down season as the Marauders were our preseason number one team in southern California coming into the season. Antelope Valley started the season with a 1-4 record with losses to Riverside, Ventura, Saddleback and Grossmont and then followed that up with a four game winning streak to push their record above .500. Following the horrific start, the Marauders bounced back and from mid November until January 21st, Antelope Valley posted a record of 15-2 in their next 17 games. Antelope Valley was almost a bubble team at one point as the Marauders finished the season as the 14th seed in Southern California and finished the regular season going 4-4. Antelope Valley posted road victories in the post season knocking off 3rd seeded Saddleback on the road 79-67 and followed that up with a 74-71 win over Citrus a team that they had lost to twice before in Conference action. Antelope Valley finished third place in the Western State East Conference and finished with a 22-10 record coming into the game this week against a talented San Francisco team.
San Francisco (28-2): The Rams will come into the game against Antelope Valley hoping to put together a solid game. The last two games, the Rams have picked up wins but have failed to score over 70 points and are scoring 20 points below their scoring average on the season. San Francisco averages 85.1 points per game and the Rams are led by sophomore guard Zach Copeland who averages a team high 18.8 points per game. The sophomore is averaging 22 points per game in the post season but is shooting 38% from the floor (10 for 26). Sophomore Armani Collins is averaging 10.4 points per game and freshman Eddie Stansberry is averaging in double figures averaging 10.0 points per game. Micheal Steadman (7.0 points), Michael Wright (7.3 points), Adrian Rico (7.6 points) will also look to contribute against the Marauders as well. San Francisco shoots 47% from the floor and the Rams are 5th in the state in free throws made (18.3 per game) and 7th in the state in free throw attempts per night (26.5 per game). The Rams are also in the top 20 in the state in three pointers made per night, Defensive rebounds per game, Rebounding margin per game (5.5), and assists per game (16.8 per game). On the defensive end, the Rams give up 70.4 points per game (32nd in the state) and hold opponents to shooting 39% from the floor (7th in the state) and hold opponents to shooting the three ball at a 32% rate for the season.
Antelope Valley (22-10): The Marauders come into the Elite Eight coming off two road victories against higher seeded teams. In second round action, Antelope Valley upended 3rd seeded Saddleback and followed that up with a win over conference foe Citrus to advance to the Elite Eight. Antelope Valley comes into the game against San Francisco averaging 80.4 points per game and the Marauders have four players averaging in double figures led by sophomore Jailen Gill who averages 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. Sophomores Cory Dollarhide (12.3 points), and Antone Warren (11.6 points and 7.5 rebounds) are both averaging in double figures and freshman D’Maruia Jones averages 11.4 points per game this season. Freshman Osinachi Nwachukwu (8.0 points) and sophomore guard Charles Hall (7.2 points) are other Marauders that will look to contribute against the Rams. The Marauders are 2nd in the state in field goal percentage as Antelope Valley averages 51% from the floor and the Marauders make 29.7 field goals per game which is 11th best in the state. Antelope Valley is 15th in three point field goal percentage (37%) and 10th in the state in rebound margin (7.1). On the defensive end, the Marauders give up 71.1 points per game and hold opponents to 41% shooting from the floor which is 22nd in the state.
(2N) Feather River Golden Eagles (25-3) vs (3S) East Los Angeles Huskies (23-6)
It will be an interesting match up between two solid teams at the Elite Eight. Feather River won the Golden Valley Conference and won 25 games this season and went through their conference undefeated this season. The Golden Eagles are one of the highest scoring teams in California. The Golden Eagles blew out Sierra in the second round 114-76 and in the sweet 16, Feather River picked up a 101-95 high scoring win against Las Positas to advance to the Elite Eight. The Golden Eagles have won 13 games in a row and have not lost a game since December 17th when they lost to Canada at the Santa Rosa Tournament. Feather River is 2-0 against teams from Southern California as the Golden Eagles picked up wins against Allan Hancock and Citrus. As for East Los Angeles, the Huskies are on an eight game winning streak and finished the regular season as co champions of the South Coast North Conference finishing 8-2 in conference action. The Huskies were 10th seeded coming into the playoffs and picked up two road wins to pick up a spot in the Elite Eight. In the second round, East Los Angeles picked up a win over 7th seeded Mt. San Jacinto, and followed that up with a road win over 2nd seeded Compton 83-80 to advance to the Elite Eight. Since January, the Huskies are 14-2 and have been an elite team in Southern California. The Huskies suffered losses against Chaffey and Mt. San Antonio in 2017 and will look to pick up a win over Feather River to advance to the Final Four.
Feather River (25-3): The Golden Eagles are 3rd in the state in points per game as Feather River averages 91.0 points per contest. The Golden Eagles averaged 33.5 field goals made per night and attempt 69.9 field goals (4th in the state) per night. Feather River goes to free throw line 27 times per night and makes 17.7 per night as they are in the top 10 in both categories. Feather River is led by Derrick Randolph as the sophomore point guard is averaging 23.6 points and 4.7 assists per game. Anthony Smith is another player that will contribute as the UNLV signee has averaged 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds this season for the Golden Eagles. Jamel White (14.6 points), and Chris McDonald (14.0 points) and Lamous Brown (10.7 points) all are averaging in double figures and freshman Zahchary Williams (7.9 points) will also look to contribute for the Golden Eagles. On the defensive end, Feather River averages 10.3 steals per game and the Golden Eagles hold their opponents to a 39% clip from the floor. Feather River is also a solid rebounding team as they average 39.3 rebounds per game and average 11.9 offensive boards per game.
East Los Angeles (23-6): The Huskies come into the Feather River game riding an eight game winning streak and picking up two road wins to get to the Elite Eight. East Los Angeles averages 83.1 points per game which is 10th in the state and the Huskies are led in scoring by Roderick Williams. The freshman is averaging 18.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. Three other Huskie players are averaging in double figures as sophomores Sequan Walker (13.7 points), Zeno Lake (12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds), and point guard Chandler Redix (12.0 points and 4.8 assists) are the other players in double figures. Freshman Frank Bertz (8.1 points) and sophomore Chima Wami (6.8 points) are also other Huskie players contributing on the offensive end. East Los Angeles is 3rd in the state in field goal percentage as the Huskies are shooting 50% from the floor and they are in the top 10 in three point field goal percentage (9th), and free throw makes (4th – 18.7), and free throw attempts (5th- 28.0) per game. East Los Angeles rebounds with the best of them in the state as the Huskies are 5th in the state in rebounding margin (11.6) and 10th in the state in assists as East Los Angeles averages 17.4 assists per game. On the defensive side, East Los Angeles gives up 67.6 points per game and they are 5th in the state in opponents three point field goal percentage (29%), but the Huskies foul at a high rate as they average 20.8 fouls per contest.
(2S) San Diego Knights (28-5) vs (3N) Yuba 49ers (28-2)
It will be the second time this season that Yuba and San Diego have met this season. When the two teams met earlier this season on November 19th at the Allan Hancock Tournament, Yuba picked up a 85-78 win over San Diego in overtime. In that game Jihad Woods had 27 points and 13 rebounds and injured point guard Jaaron Stallworth added 20 points. Yuba forced 20 turnovers and picked up the overtime win. Alex Wilbourne had 14 points in the loss for the Knights. San Diego will come into the game on a 14 game winning streak and look to advance to the Final Four after having a tremendous regular season that saw the Knights go undefeated in the Pacific Coast South Conference. Both teams have won 28 games this season as this will be a very intriguing match up at the Elite Eight.
San Diego (28-5): The Knights come into the game against Yuba on a 14 game winning streak with their last loss coming against Bakersfield on January 3rd. San Diego is 13th in the state in scoring as the Knights are averaging 81.8 points per contest and the Knights are led by sophomore Darien McClain. the sophomore guard is averaging 11.9 points and freshman Wonder Smith is the other Knight averaging in double figures with 10.2 points per contest. San Diego have five other players that average over 7 points per game. Robert Taylor (7.5 points), Romario Wilson (7.1 points), Marcus Brumsey (7.0 points), Alex Wilborune (8.5 points), and Jahmere Mitchell (7.5 points). The Knights are a well balanced scoring team and they are 10th in the state in field goals made per game averaging 29.8 makes per game. The Knights are 17th in the state in three point field goal percentage (37%) but the Knights do not take a lot of three pointers per night as they only attempt 14.9 per game which is 89th in the state. The Knights turn teams over at a high rate as well as San Diego averages 10.5 steals per contest and 4.6 blocks per contest as well which is 9th in the state. San Diego is 1st in the state in opponents field goal percentage (27%) and 8th in the state in opponents field goal percentage (39%). It should be an interesting match up between two teams that have a combined record of 56-7.
Yuba (28-2): Yuba come into the game against San Diego on a 19 winning streak and the Bay Valley Conference champions have not lost a game to a team inside the state of California since their opening game of the season on November 4th against San Francisco. Yuba also suffered a loss on December 9th against North Idaho at the San Jose City College Tournament. The 49ers average 79.3 points per contest which is 22nd best in the state and Yuba have four players that score in double figures led by sophomore Jihad Woods (16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds). Sophomores Erik Scheive (13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds), Jourdan Johnson (11.4 points) and Xaiver Francois (10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds) are all in double figures for the 49ers this season. Yuba is tops in the state as the 49ers shoot 51% from the floor and they have the highest three point percentage in the state as the 49ers shoot 42% from downtown. Yuba is 7th in the state in rebound margin as they have a 10.3 rebound margin every night. On the defensive end, Yuba is 3rd in the state as the 49ers give up 58.1 points per game, and they are 2nd in the state in opponents shooting the three ball (28%) and 6th in the state as the 49ers hold opponents to a 39% clip each night.