Bill Brummel Classic
Dates: December 14-16
Teams: Long Beach (8-5), Cuesta (5-7), (2) San Diego (13-2), Irvine Valley (8-5), Los Angeles Trade Tech (2-6), Canyons (4-7), Mira Costa (4-7), Saddleback (6-6).
Matchups: Eight Southern California teams will take part at the Bill Brummel Classic hosted by Saddleback College this upcoming weekend. 2nd ranked San Diego City College comes into the tournament as our only ranked team and could be slated as the favorites for the eight team tournament in Mission Viejo.
In the first game of the tournament on Thursday, Long Beach (8-5) will face off against Cuesta (5-7) at 1pm. The Cougars come into the tournament winning three of their last four games at the Modesto Tournament last week. Cuesta will look to find some consistency as they will face Long Beach in first round action. Noah Saunders leads the Cougars in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 17.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest this season. Saunders has scored in double figures in eleven games and had a season high of 25 points twice this season. Josh Wilson-Murry is only other Cougar that is averaging in double figures as the freshman is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 43% from three-point range this season. Jorge Bueno (8.0 points), Rodrigo Majarin (8.6 points) and Finn Whetstone (7.4 points) will look to contribute in first round action against Long Beach. The Vikings come into the first round match up coming off a loss against Riverside on Tuesday evening. Four Long Beach players are averaging in double figures led by William English as the sophomore is averaging 17.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. English has played great for the Vikings through 13 games this season. Jeremiah Sadler is averaging 15.1 points and is second in the team in scoring and had a season high of 33 points against Chaffey on November 4th. Matthew Wooten (11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds) and Jamiu Akinbile (11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds) are two other players that are averaging in double figures for the Vikings.
In the second game of the day, 2nd ranked San Diego (13-2) will face Irvine Valley (8-5) in first round action. The Knights come into the tournament as our second ranked team in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. San Diego has won six straight games since losing to Citrus on November 19th. The Knights are led by sophomore standout Wonder Smith, as the point guard is averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per contest. Smith shoots 43% from downtown and had a season high of 30 points against Grossmont in his last outing. Robert McCoy has been solid for the Knights this season as the sophomore is averaging 16.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest this season. Ethan Esposito (10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds), Robert Taylor (9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds) are two other players that have played well for the 2nd ranked team in our rankings. Irvine Valley comes into the contest losing three of their last four games after being ranked last week. Jake Linsky leads the Lasers in scoring averaging 13.5 points per game while averaging 9.5 rebounds for Irvine Valley. Cameron Griffin is another standout for the Lasers as the front court players is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Daniel Hernandez (10.8 points and 2.7 assists) and Parker Sims (7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds) will need to have big games for the Lasers to knock off San Diego in first round action. The winner of this game will face off against the winner of Cuesta and Long Beach game.
The 5pm game will see Los Angeles Trade Tech (2-6) against Canyons (4-7) in first round action. Los Angeles Trade Tech comes into the game on a three game losing streak and will look to pick up the win over Canyons to advance to the semi finals. Tyler Jelks, Lawrence Carter have been standouts this season for the Beavers this season. Canyons comes into the game on a four game skid and will look to advance past Los Angeles Trade Tech. Micahel Kalu leads the Cougars in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 18.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. Kalu is the only Canyons player averaging in double figures but Jacob Lilley (9.8 points and 3.9 assists), Jude Agbasi (9.0 points), Frankie Cambpell (8.2 points) and Anthony Simone (8.5 points) will look to have solid games to help the Cougars advance to the next round.
In the final game of the first round, tournament host Saddleback (6-6) will take on Mira Costa (4-7). The Gauchos have lost four of their last five games and recently slipped out of the rankings for the first time this season. Saddleback has started off to a disappointing but the Gauchos have two players that are averaging in double figures this season. Shawn Stith leads Saddleback in scoring as the freshman is averaging 14.1 points and 7.0 rebounds and has been solid scoring the ball for Saddleback. J.J. Overton is another Gaucho that is averaging in double figures as the freshman is averaging 12.9 points per game. Nicholas Brannon (8.0 points) and Anthony Naimie (7.2 points) will look to contribute for the host in first round action. Mira Costa comes into the game losing five of their last six games. Two Spartans are averaging in double figures as Cody Hicks leads Mira Costa in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. Hicks is shooting 43% from the three-point line and had a season high of 34 points against Los Angeles Southwest on November 16th. Xaiver Allison is another Spartan averaging in double figures as the freshman is averaging 13.9 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per contest this season. Andrew Thornton (8.5 points) and Cole Barton (7.6 points) will look to have big games for the Spartans. The winner of this game will face off against the winner of Los Angeles Trade Tech/Canyons winner on Friday.