(9) Butte (19-9, 7-3) @ (8) Sacramento (18-10, 10-4)
It will be a battle of two second place teams in second round action on Friday night in Sacramento. The Panthers finished with 18 wins and finished second place in the Big 8 Conference are one of the hottest teams in Northern California as Sacramento comes into the game on a seven game winning streak. Sacramento last lost a game on January 24th to American River at home but has been perfect since then winning their last seven games. Meanwhile, the second place team from the Golden Valley Conference won 19 games during the regular season and finished 7-3 in Golden Valley Conference finishing behind Feather River. Butte has won six of their last seven games and the Roadrunners started off well at the beginning of the season before hitting a mid season slump in which Butte lost four of five games at the end of January towards the end of non conference action. On Friday the two teams will meet for a third time this season as both teams have picked up wins against each other. On the opening day of the junior college season at the Las Positas Tournament, Butte picked up a 72-53 win behind Josias Parker who led the Roadrunners with 16 points and four other Roadrunners scored in double figures. The two teams met again on December 28th at the Siskiyous Tournament as Sacramento cruised past Butte 90-69. K.J. Duronslet had 22 points and Michael Wadsworth added 19 points in the Panthers win.
Sacramento: The Panthers have four players averaging in double figures led by sophomore K.J. Duronslet. The “6-3” sophomore led the Panthers in scoring averaging 16.9 points per contest while averaging 9.2 rebounds this season. Sophomore Michael Wadsworth (11.9 points), Freshman Gabe Serna (11.8 points) and sophomore point guard Bret Lynch (10.0) also are averaging double figures for the Panthers. Sophomore David King is another threat to put the ball in the basket as the shooter is averaging 9.0 points per contest as well. Sacramento averages 77.1 points per contest this season and the Panthers on the offensive side of the ball. The Panthers make 7.1 three pointers per game and average 10.2 offensive rebounds per contest. On the defensive side, Sacramento averages 9.8 steals per game which is 11th in the state and give up 74.2 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 Friday evening in the rubber match between the two teams. 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.
(10) Diablo Valley (20-9, 8-6) @ (7) Las Positas (21-7, 7-5)
In an intriguing match up in the second round, 10th seeded Diablo Valley will face a very talented 7th seeded Las Positas team. The Hawks were our preseason number one team winning 21 games but faltering late in the Coast North Conference finishing 4th place. After producing a four game winning streak in mid January the Hawks lost 3 of their lat 5 games and finished with a 7-5 record within the Coast North Conference. Las Positas did pick up a win over San Francisco in conference action and the Hawks are capable of playing with anyone in the state as they have a lot of talent. Meanwhile, Diablo Valley was another team that we had picked to have a solid season but the Vikings struggled near the finish line and lost 3 of their last 5 conference games and Diablo Valley ended up finishing tied for fourth place in the loaded Big 8 Conference. Diablo Valley went 8-1 in December and seem to have things rolling but as conference rolled around the Vikings failed to find any consistency until late January again when the Vikings went on a four game winning streak. This will be the first meeting between both teams this season and it should be a solid match up from two teams that are capable of playing with anyone in the post season.
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.
Diablo Valley: The Vikings have a four headed monster but three of the four players average in double figures. Diablo Valley is led by sophomore wing Jovantae Carelton as the “6-4” wing led the Vikings in scoring averaging 16.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Rodney Pope (16.4 points), and Victor Mijas (14.1 points) are two other Vikings that scored in double figures this season. “6-10” Eric Nielsen averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds this season for the Vikings as well and will be looked upon to contribute as well. The big four must play well in order for the Vikings to knock off Las Positas as Diablo Valley averaged 71.0 points per game and made 8.6 three pointers per game this season. The key will be how well will the Vikings keep Las Positas off the glass as Diablo Valley was 62nd in the state in total rebounding and it will be a key factor in this game. Diablo Valley only gives up 61.0 points per game (6th in the state) and takes care of the ball as the Vikings only turn it over 12.3 times per game.
(11) Ohlone (20-8, 8-4) @ (6) Santa Rosa (20-8, 11-3)
It will be a good match up between two teams that won 20 games during the regular season on Friday night in Santa Rosa. The Big 8 Conference champions picked up a sixth seed after winning the conference title and picking up 20 wins during the year. Santa Rosa ended the season winning five of their last six games and picking up a 69-57 win over Sierra to clinch the title on the final night of action in Big 8 play. Meanwhile, Ohlone won 20 games during the season and ended their season winning five of their last six games and took San Francisco to the limit on the final day of conference losing 68-65 on the road to the Rams. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season and it should be a solid second round match up between two solid programs.
Santa Rosa: The Bearcubs go into Friday nights match up winning the Big 8 Conference and will look to advance to the next round with a victory over a solid Ohlone team. The Bearcubs are led by “6-11” freshman Erik Poulsen, the big man led Santa Rosa in scoring averaging 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season. Freshman Justin Frazier averaged 14.3 points and 3.0 assists this season and is the only other Bearcub to average in double figures. Cetrick Yeanay (8.7 points), Keil Long (8.6 points), Jordan Graves (7.2 points) will also to look to contribute for the Bearcubs. Santa Rosa averaged 76.7 points per game and were 2nd in the state in three point field makes by averaging 10.2 per contest. The Bearcubs also shot 38% from downtown which was 11th best in the state. Santa Rosa only turns the ball over 10.8 times per game and the Bearcubs hold opponents to shooting the ball at a 40.2% clip for the season.
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.
(12) San Joaquin Delta (16-11, 9-5) @ (5) Canada (21-7, 9-3)
In another key second round match up, 5th seeded Canada will take on 12th seeded San Joaquin Delta. Canada which finished in second place in the Coast North Conference and won 21 games in the regular season go into the post season winning four of their last five games. Meanwhile, San Joaquin Delta finished the season winning 16 games and finishing with a 9-5 record in the Big 8 Conference resulting in a 3rd place finish. This will be the second meeting this season between the two teams. Earlier this season the Colts picked up an 80-68 victory over San Joaquin Delta. In that game Antony Navarrette had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Pickney added 20 points as well for Canada. Jovian Cormier had a huge game for the Mustangs as the sophomore added 19 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.
Canada: The Colts finished 2nd place in the Coast North Conference going 9-3 and winning 21 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.
San Joaquin Delta: The Mustangs have two players averaging in double figures led by Jovian Cormier, the “6-4” sophomore is averaging a team high 16.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. Sophomore David Lerma is also averaging in double figures averaging 11.0 points this season. Mike Anderson (9.7 points) and Darrin Gentry (9.6 points) are two other players capable of putting up numbers and will need to step up against the Colts in the second round match up. The Mustangs average 74.1 points per game and average 13.8 offensive rebounds per game which is 12th best in the state. San Joaquin Delta is another team that prides itself on rebound as the Mustangs average 7.1 rebounds more than their opponents each night. The Mustangs give up 72.1 points per contest and will try and upset the Colts on the road.
(11) Cerritos (21-6, 7-3) @ (6) Citrus (23-6, 8-2)
Two solid teams will take the court on Friday night in a game between two teams that had 20 plus wins this season. The Owls were co champions of the Western State East Conference and had control of the conference pretty much the whole time until a late loss to Barstow cause a two way championship. Citrus picked up solid wins all season and ended up as the six seed in the post season. Meanwhile Cerritos won 21 games on the season and finished in second place behind Compton in the South Coast South Conference. It will be the first meeting between both teams this season and should be a very good game between two solid teams that had great seasons.
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.
Cerritos: The Falcons had a solid season winning 21 games and finishing second place this season in the South Coast South Conference. Cerritos finished the season winning seven games in a row and will look to pick up the road win over Citrus. Four players average in double figures for the Falcons, and Cerritos is led by sophomore Cristian Perez who is averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Brian Nebo 12.3 points is another player in double figures and has great ability at the defensive end. Salvador Carlos (10.0 points) and freshman Dezmon Murphy (10.3 points) are the other two players averaging in double figures for the Falcons this season. Point guard Tyler Payne is a great floor leader as the sophomore is averaging 8.1 points and 3.7 assists this season for the Falcons. The Falcons average 77.4 points per game and shoot 46% from the floor which is 20th best in the state. Cerritos is another team that lives at the line as the Falcons average 25.9 attempts from the line a night which is 9th best in the state. The Falcons give up 70.6 points per game and hold opponents to 41% shooting from the floor this season.
(12) Mt. San Antonio (17-10, 7-3) @ (5) San Diego (26-5, 10-0)
In another Southern California match up between two teams that had solid seasons, 5th seeded San Diego will take their 12 game winning streak to the test against a well coached Mt. San Antonio team that won 17 games this season. It will be the first time that the two teams have met this season.
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.
Mt. San Antoino: The Mounties will look to pick up a road victory against a solid San Diego team when the ball is tipped off on Friday in this intriguing second round match up. Mt. San Antonio is 3-2 in their last five games and the Mounties finished in 3rd place in the South Coast North Conference with a 7-3 record. Mt. San Antonio picked up wins against Fresno, Merced, and Fullerton this season as well. In conference, the Mounties picked up wins against East Los Angeles and Chaffey this season. The Mounties are led by Ryon O’Quinn which is averaging 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists on the season. Nick Brown is another standout for the Mounties as the sophomore is averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Ashton McLaurin (9.4 points), Josh Johnson (9.3 points) and Charlie Evans (7.6 points) are others that will be looked to contribute to have a shot at upsetting the Knights on the road. The Mounties average 74.4 points per game and shoot 38% from behind the three point line which is 12th best in the state. The Mounties give up 70.6 points but do not have a lot rim protection as they only average 1.4 blocks per game.
(10) East Los Angeles (21-6, 8-2) @ (7) Mt. San Jacinto (22-10, 8-2)
Two southern California powerhouses will meet for the third time this season with a chance to advance to the third round. Both teams split with each other throughout the season as Mt. San Jacinto picked up a 90-83 win at the Riverside Tournament on December 8th earlier this season. In the other match up East Los Angeles picked up an 87-85 win on January 7th at the Cuesta Tournament. It will be a rubber match between the two teams as they face off for the third time this season.
Mt. San Jacinto: The Eagles had a solid season and went into the last week of the season trailing San Bernardino by two games. After a loss by San Bernardino, a chance for a possible split in a conference championship arose and Mt. San Jacinto edged San Bernardino on the last game of the regular season with an 89-84 win to pick up a share of the Pacific Coast North Conference. The Eagles played one of the toughest schedules in the state and picked up 22 wins in the season. Mt. San Jacinto will take a five game winning streak into the game and will face a solid East Los Angeles team. Three players average in double figures led by sophomore point guard Tre Nottingham who is averaging 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season for the Eagles. Jaryn Taylor is another threat at the offensive end for the Eagles as the sophomore averaged 14.4 points and 9.1 rebounds and the sharp shooting Carl Brown averaged 12.5 points per contest this season. Matt Bradshaw (8.9 points), Curtis Weathers (9.3 points) and Jeremy Bonifacio (7.3 points) are all players that will contribute as well for the Eagles. Mt. San Jacinto averages 83.3 points per game which is 9th in the state and the Eagles make and take the most three pointers per contest. Mt. San Jacinto makes 10.7 three pointers per night and they shoot 37% from behind the three point line. Mt. San Jacinto averages 40.6 rebounds per game and average 16.6 assists per game.
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.
(9) Bakersfield @ (8) Chaffey
It will be the second time the two teams face off this season as Chaffey picked up a 78-64 win on November 12th at the Fullerton College Tournament. Christian Carson had 22 points and kameron Curl added 15 points in the win back in November against Bakersfield. Shane Christie had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss in the teams two meetings for Bakersfield.
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.
Bakersfield: The Renegades will look to advance to the third round as Bakersfield finished atop the Western State South Conference and finished the season with 20 wins this season. Bakersfield went 7-1 in conference and coach Rich Hughes did an excellent job coaching the Renegades this season. Bakersfield picked up wins in the non conference against Mt. San Antonio, San Diego and San Diego Miramar. The Renegades have four players that averaged in double figures led by fresman Jamar Hammonds who averaged 16.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest this season. Jaylunn English averaged 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, Shane Christie averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds and Tucker Eenigenburg averaged 10.4 points per contest this season as well for the Renegades. Sean Leflore (7.8 points) is another player that will be look to contribute for the Renegades in this second round match up. The Renegades average 78.0 points per game and shoot 46% from the floor this season. If there is one place where Bakersfield may struggle it could be behind the three point line as the Renegades only take 16 threes per game and only make it at a 33% rate in the 2016-2017 season. Bakersfield is a solid rebounding team as the Renegades average 7.7 rebounds more than their opponents this season and BC also averages 5.5 blocks per game while giving up 70.3 points per game this season.