Sweet 16 Preview of California Juco games

(9) Butte (20-9) @ (1) San Francisco (27-2)

In a battle between two solid coached teams, 9th seeded Butte will travel to top seeded San Francisco to advance to the Elite Eight. It will be the first meeting of the two teams this season as the 2nd place team from the Golden Valley Conference looks to upset the Rams. Last weekend, Butte went on the road to defeat 8th seeded Sacramento 78-63. The Roadrunners were led by Josiah Wood with 22 points and Nemanja Kovacevic added 12 points in the win over Sacramento. As for the top seeded Rams, the Coast North Champions overcame a two point halftime deficit and slipped past Coast South champion Cabrillo 65-61. Zach Copeland had 26 points and 7 rebounds and Eddie Stansberry added 12 points in the win for the top seed.

San Francisco: The Rams are led by sophomore Zach Copeland who averages a team high 18.9 points per game and the guard is shooting 49% from downtown this season. Sophomore Armani Collins is also averaging in double figures as the guard is averaging 10.5 points per contest. San Francisco got by Cabrillo last week to advance to the Sweet 16 and the Rams will look to use their home court advantage to the fullest. The Rams are fifth in the state in scoring as the Coast North Champions average 85.9 points per night. San Francisco is also in the top 10 in free throws made and attempted and they maintain a 7.7 plus advantage on the boards each night. San Francisco is second in the state in block shots and the Rams hold their opponents to shooting 40% from the floor and give up 68.7 points per game.

Butte: The Roadrunners have two players that have averaged in double figures this season led by “6-4” Doare Elliot who is averaging 14.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest this season. Sophomore Josiah Wood is second in scoring as the wing has averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Roadrunners. John Moscoso (9.5 points), and Andrew Whitsett (6.7 points) have also contributed on the offensive end and will look to provide some offensive punch on Saturday evening. The Roadrunners average 74.7 points (40th in the state), and make around 7 three pointers per contest. Butte is 8th in the state in rebounding (41.7) and the Roadrunners are 3rd in the state in rebounding margin with a 15.2 advantage this season. The Roadrunners have also been stubborn at the defensive end as Butte gives up 56.3 points per contest which is 3rd best in the state and hold opponents to shooting 39.6% from the field. Butte picked up a road victory in the first round against Sacramento and will need to control tempo and take care of the ball to have a chance at picking up another win on the road.

(7) Las Positas (22-7) @ (2) Feather River (24-3)

In a match up of two high caliber teams in Northern California, Las Positas will travel to Quincy and face 2nd seeded Feather River. There will be a lot of talent on the court for this game as the two teams will face off for the first time this season. In the round of 32, Las Positas picked up a home victory over 10th seeded Diablo Valley 87-71. The Hawks were led by Kameron Johnson’s 18 points and 12 rebounds and Caleb Baskett added 17 points and 8 assists in the victory over the Vikings. As for second seeded Feather River, Anthony Smith had 29 points and 13 rebounds in the win and Jamel White added 21 points and 6 assists in the win. This will be a solid game between two teams that we projected to make a deep post season run.

Feather River: One of the highest scoring teams in the state will be in action on Saturday night as the Golden Eagles will face off against Las Positas this Saturday. Feather River is one of the most athletic teams in the state and will host Las Positas in a game to go to the Elite Eight. Feather River is led by sophomore Anthony Smith, the athletic forward averaged 20.8 points per contest this season and the “6-8” forward is one of the most athletic players in the state. Derrick Randolph is also another stand out for the Golden Eagles as the high scoring point guard missed a lot of the season due to injury but since the “5-8” point guard has returned the Golden Eagles are 9-0. Randolph has averaged 23.6 points and 4.7 assists since returning to play. Jamel White (14.6 points), Chris McDonald (14.0 points), and Lamous Brown (10.7 points) are all averaging double figures as the Golden Eagles averaged 91.0 points per contest. Feather River averages the 3rd most fields and they take the 4th most most field goal attempts in the state. The Golden Eagles hold opponents to 39% shooting and average 10.3 steals per contest this season. It should be a great match up between two high scoring talented teams.

Las Positas: The Hawks are a very talented basketball team and picked up 21 games this season. Las Positas is led by sophomore guard Keith Hunter which averaged 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2016-2017 season. Three other Hawks averaged in double figures (Kameron Johnson 12.0 points, Caleb Baskett 13.0 points, Stokley Chafee 12.9 points) and center Donald Rims is a rim protector and the big man averaged 7.5 points and 6.8 rebounds during the season. Aaron Berry and Nick Evans are two other standouts that will contribute and the Hawks have one of the most talented back courts around the state. Las Positas averaged 84.2 points per contest (6th in the state) and made 31 field goals per night (5th in the state). Las Positas really excels in rebounding the basketball as the Hawks led the state in defensive rebounding, total rebounds and Rebound margin per game. Las Positas also led the state in block shots as the Hawks averaged 7.4 blocks per night. The Hawks give up 72.6 points per night and this will be a great match up between them and the Vikings in second round action.

(13) American River (16-10) @ (5) Canada (22-7)

It will be the first time this season both of these teams met as American River knocked off 4th seeded Fresno to advance to the Sweet 16. Richard Reed had 17 points last week and Armoni Rivers added 14 points as American River picked up a solid win on the road and will look to play the spoiler again with a victory over 5th seeded Canada on the road. Meanwhile Canada cruised past San Joaquin Delta to advance to the sweet 16 picking up a 73-52 win. Mike Pickney led the Colts with 19 points and 6 assists and Keith Dickerson added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the win over the Mustangs. Canada will look for their 23rd win to advance to the Elite 8 and will look to knock off another Big 8 Conference opponent after taking down Delta last week.

American River: The Beavers will look to make another upset on the road as last week, American River took out 4th seeded Fresno with a huge upset win on the road 66-64. American River has won 16 games this season are led by Richard Reed who leads the team in scoring with 20.6 points per contest. Armoni Rivers also averages in double figures as the freshman has averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest and Jericho Avery is another standout for the Beavers this season as the sophomore has averaged 12.0 points and 13.9 rebounds this season for the Beavers. Jermaine Heanderson will also look to contribute as the freshman has averaged 8.6 points and 3.1 assists this season. American River is 46th in the state in points per game as the Beavers average 73.8 points per game and are 20th in the state with a 5.3 rebounding margin per game. The Beavers do not get to the line a lot as they are 81st in the state in free throws made per night with 11.8 per night. American River gives up 66.4 points per contest and they hold opponents to 40% from the floor this eason as they are in the top 20 in the state in each category. American River gives up 66.4 points per contest which is 17th best in the state.

Canada: The Colts finished 2nd place in the Coast North Conference going 9-3 and winning 22 games during the regular season. Canada has five players averaging in double figures led by freshman Antony Navarrete who is averaging 15.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Mike Pickney is also averaging double figures as the guard is averaging 14.2 points per game as well. William Green (13.3 points), Davis Kimble (11.1 points), and Keith Dickerson (10.7 points) are all averaging double figures for the Colts this season. Canada is averaging 83.0 points per contest which is 11th in the state and they make 30.1 field goals per game which goes for 8th in the state. The Colts also are a force on the boards as the average 41.1 rebounds per game and 21st in the state in rebounding margin with a 5.5 advantage each night. Canada also moves the ball at a high rate as the Colts average 17.8 assists per contest and turn you over at a high rate as the Colts average 11.8 steals per game.

(11) Ohlone (21-8) @ (3) Yuba (27-2)

It will be the first meeting between two teams that have 58 wins between them. The 49ers advanced to this game by beating Merced and 11th seeded Ohlone advanced to the sweet 16 with a road win over Santa Rosa.

Yuba: The 49ers go into tonight’s matchup with the longest winning streak in the state as Yuba has won 18 straight games and did not lose a game in Bay Valley Conference action. The 49ers average 82.0 points per game and lead the state in field goal percentage as Yuba shooting 51% from the floor. The 49ers also lead the state in three point field goal percentage as they shoot 42% from behind the three. Yuba also outrebounds their opponents by 11.9 per night which is fourth best in the state. Yuba also gets it done on the defensive end as the 49ers give up 58.2 points per game and hold opponents to 29% from behind the three point line.

Ohlone: The Renegades won 20 games as well this season and finished in 3rd place in the Coast North Conference. Ohlone has one of the most balance teams in the state and leading the way has been freshman Jack Macdonald who averages 10.9 points per game. Sophomore Blake McGlenchy is second in the team in scoring averaging 9.2 points and Christian Yammouni aveages 7.8 points per game. Ohlone will come into the second round match up with Santa Rosa winning five out of their last six games. The Renegades average 77.5 points per contest and are 4th in the state in three point field goal percentage (38%). Ohlone also is in the top 20 in offensive rebounding averaging 13.1 rebounds per contest as a team. The Renegades give up 66.5 points per contest and hold opponents shooting to 40.7% on the season which is 11th best in the state in that category.

Southern California

(8) Chaffey (23-8) @ (1) Fullerton (23-6)

When the ball tips off on Saturday night Fullerton and Chaffey will meet for the second time this season. Earlier this season, Fullerton cruised past Chaffey 83-59 at the Riverside Tournament on December 9th. In that match up Dillon Reese had 20 points and Johnathon Ross added 18 points in the win for the Hornets. Last week, top seeded Fullerton cruised past 17th seeded Barstow in second round playoff action, as kenny Barnes had 26 points and Ian Fox added 24 points in the win for the Hornets. 8th seeded Chaffey needed overtime but picked up a 75-73 home win over Bakersfield to advance to the next round. Brian Beard had 24 points and Kameron Curl added 15 points in the win to advance to the Sweet 16.

Fullerton: The Hornets were the top seed of Southern California and won the Orange Empire Conference during the regular season. It went down until the last game of the season but the Hornets picked up a road win against Saddleback to take home the OEC championship and the top seed of Southern California. Fullerton is led by sophomore point guard Ian Fox, the sophomore has averaged 13.8 points and 3.4 assists this season for the Hornets. Dillon Reise (12.2 points) and Kenny Barnes (12.2 points) are both sophomores who are averaging in double figures and have had standout seasons for the 23-6 Hornets. Sophomore Johnathon Ross (7.0 points) and Nick Anderson are two other sophomores that can contribute as well for the Hornets. This season the Hornets were 6th in the entire state as they shot 48% from the floor and they were 12th in the state shooting 37% from downtown this season. The Hornets were also in the top 10 in rebound margin per game as they average 7.4 more rebounds than their opponents. Fullerton is 9th in the state in points allowed per contest giving up 63.9 ponits and they hold opponents to 39% shooting from the field.

Chaffey: Chaffey went into the last week with complete control of the South Coast North Conference and had a tough last week of the season as the Panthers faced East Los Angeles and Mt. San Antonio and needed to win both games to take home the conference outright. Chaffey picked up a win over Mt. San Antonio but lost to East Los Angeles and the Panthers ended up splitting the title with East Los Angeles. This season the Panthers relied on point guard Brian Beard. The sophomore point guard averaged 19.5 points, 5.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds this season. Sophomore Kameron Curl also had a solid season as the guard aveaged 15.5 points per contest. Christian Carson was another guard that will be looked to contribute as the sophomore averaged 9.0 points per contest this season. The Panthers are guard oriented and will look to knock off the Western State South champs in their second round match up on Friday. The Panthers average 78.7 points per game and get to the line 28 times per game. Chaffey also averages 13.9 offensive rebounds per game. The Panthers allow 76.0 points per game and they will look to advance to the third round with a victory over Bakersfield.

(13) Riverside (23-8) @ (5) San Diego (27-5)

It will be the first meeting between the two teams with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. Riverside upended San Bernadino to advance to the sweet 16 and 5th seeded San Diego got past Mt. San Antonio.

Riverside: The Tigers advanced to the sweet 16 by getting past San Bernardino 68-59. Riverside has won four straight games and Tigers have averaged 80.0 points per game this season and are 3rd in state in three pointers made as the make 9.8 per game and they attempt 27 per night. Riverside averages 12.9 offensive rebounds per game and the Tigers only turn the ball over 12.2 times per game. Riverside gives up 68.2 points per game which is 24th in the state. Four players average in double figures led by Andy Cleaves (13.1 points), Andre Wilson (12.7 points), Brandon Thomas (12.6 points) and Brae Ivey (11.9 points) are all in double figures.

San Diego: The Knights have had one solid season and have been on cruise control for the past month and a half. San Diego has not lost a game since January 3rd where the Knights lost to Bakersfield 73-71. San Diego went through the Pacific Coast South Conference undefeated and have only had two games within ten points or less since January. The Knights have a well balanced team and have two players that average in double figures. San Diego is led by sophomore Darien McClain who is averaging 10.7 points and one other Knight is averaging in double figures which is freshman Wonder Smith at 10.3 points per game. Robert McCoy (9.2 points), Alex Wilbourn (8.4 points), Robert Taylor (7.9 points), Romario Wilson (7.5 points), and Jahmere Mitchell (7.3 points) are all threats that can put the ball in the hole as well. The Knights average 81.1 points per game and shoot the ball at a 48.3% rate which is 9th best in the state. If there is one place where the Knights struggle it could be with outside shooting as San Diego only makes 5.4 three pointers per contest. San Diego gives up 62.8 points per game and they also average 10.5 steals and hold oponents to 39% from behind the three point line and are the best in the state holding teams to a staggering 26.8% from behind the three point line.

(14) Antelope Valley (21-10) @ (6) Citrus (24-6)

It will be the third time this season Antelope Valley and Citrus have met this season. In the previous two meetings the Owls have come out victorious in conference action. Citrus picked up an 80-75 road win on January 25th and followed that up with a 81-72 win on February 15th. It is tough to beat a team three times in a season but the Marauders are coming off a big win over Saddleback in a game that saw Antelope Valley shoot 70% from the floor in the 79-67 win over the Gauchos. Meanwhile Citrus got past Cerritos 79-67 as Tyler LaCour had 23 points and Jeremy Smith added 20 points in the win.

Antelope Valley: the Marauders had an up and down season but Antelope Valley managed to pick up 21 wins. Antelope Valley has four players that averaged in double figures led by Jailen Gill, as the sophomore has averaged 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds  per game. Cory Dollarhide averaged 12.7 points, Antone Warren 11.5 points and D’Mauria Jones is also in Double figures as the freshman is averaging 11.6 points per contest. The Marauders average 80.6 points which is 17th in the state and Antelope Valley is 2nd in the state in field goal percentage shooting 51% from the floor. The Marauders are in the top 20 in three point percentage and rebound margin per game as well. Antelope Valley gives up 71.1 points per game which is 38th in the state.

Citrus: The Owls have had a solid season winning 23 games after changing coaches in the off season. Citrus picked up wins against Mt. San Jacinto, Bakersfield, Fullerton, San Diego and Santa Rosa in non conference action. Citrus has been one of the best teams in Southern California and are led by freshman Jeremy Smith who is averaging 15.4 points and 4.2 assists this season. Sophomore Kenneth Cyprian is also averaging in double figures as the shooter is averaging 12.4 points per game in his sophomore campaign. Tyler LaCour (9.6 points), Khalil Williams (9.9 points, 5.0 rebounds), Kyle Gray (8.1 points) and Calvin Martin (8.0 points) are also other players that will be looked at to contribute. The Owls average 83.7 points per game which is 8th in the state while making 9.7 three pointers per game which is 5th in the state. Citrus also gets to the line 18.6 times per game and makes 74% from the charity stripe. Citrus also averages 9.9 steals per game and they hold opponents to shooting 29% from behind the three point line and give up 73.0 points per game.

(10) East Los Angeles (22-6) @ (2) Compton (27-4)

It will be the first meeting between the two teams and it should be a solid game between two solid programs in  state. 10th seeded East LOS Angeles will look to pick up their second road victory of the post season after knocking off 7th seeded Mt. San Jacinto in the second round last week 79-77. Sequan Walker had 18 points and Zeno Lake added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Meanwhile second seeded Compton needed a big second half to get by Ventura 96-80. Five TarTars scored in double figures in the home win.

Compton: The TarTars are one of the most talented teams in the state and have won 27 games this season. Compton has four players that averaged in double figures led by Jayvon Brown who averages 17.6 points per game. Alonzo Taylor (11.9 points), Anthony Fitzpatrick (13.8 points) and Dajion Henderson (10.4 points) are all in double figures and Calvin House (9.5 points) and Kyvonte Davis (9.9 points) are also two other players that will contribute. Compton is 1st in the state in points per game as the TarTars are averaging 95.0 points per game and they are 2nd in field goal attempts per game and 4th in the state in field goal percentage as Compton shoots 50% from the floor. Compton averages 20.9 assists in the state which is the best in the state and they also average 12.3 steals per game. The only downfall of the TarTars could be that they give up 82.0 points per game which is 83rd in the state.

East Los Angeles: The Huskies come into Friday nights second round match up against Mt. San Jacinto on a six game winning streak. East Los Angeles won 21 games on the season and finished tied at the top of the South Coast North Conference along with Chaffey to pick up the 10th seed. Four players average in double figures for the Huskies led by freshman Roderick Williams. The freshman averages 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds, and sophomore Sequan Walker averages 13.5 points per contest as well. Sophomores Chandler Redix (12.6 points) and Zeno Lake (12.2 points) are both averaging in double figures and will provide sophomore experience in the post season for the Huskies. Frank Bertz (7.7 points) will also provide some punch off for East Los Angeles going into the game. The Huskies are 3rd in the state as they shoot 50% from the floor and they are 5th in the state in three point field goal percentage and the Huskies get to line 27 times a night which is 6th best in the state. East Los Angeles also has a 12.6 rebounding margin per night which is 6th in the state and average 17.4 assists per night. The Huskies give up 66.8 points per game and hold opponents to a staggering 30% rate from behind the three point line.