Chaffey College Tournament
Dates: Janauary 3-5
Teams: (13) Chaffey (9-6), Desert (1-10), Glendale (5-9), Long Beach (8-7), Compton (2-10), Palomar (9-7), West Los Angeles, Citrus
Matchups: The Chaffey Tournament begins later on today as eight Southern California teams and three Southern California ranked teams will take part in the three day event.
In the first game of the day, 13th ranked Chaffey will face off against Desert (1-10). The Panthers come into the game as one of the hottest teams in Southern California as Chaffey is 7-1 in their last eight games and have turned their season around. Chaffey has picked up victories against Riverside, Mt. San Jacinto, West Los Angeles and Citrus during this time. Chaffey is led by guard Tyler Ginyard who is averaging 13.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest. The sophomore has scored in double figures in his last seven games and lit up West Los Angeles for 35 points on December 18th. Bosten Van Der Veer (11.0 points and 4.1 rebounds) and Isaiah McCullogh (10.7 points and 4.0 rebounds) are two players that are averaging in double figures and will look to have solid games against Desert. The Roadrunners are coming off their first win of the season after picking up a win against Imperial Valley. Philippe Salawa leads Desert in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. Andre Allen is in double figures as the freshman is averaging 12.5 points and 4.4 assists this season. Weijie Zhang (9.5 points) and Arion Stevenson (9.0 points) will look to contribute against our 13th ranked team in Southern California in first round action.
In the second game of the day Glendale (5-9) will look to end their three game losing streak against Long Beach (8-7). Four Vaqueros are averaging in double figures as Chris Daniels leads Glendale in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 15.4 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Serigne Athj has played well for Glendale as the sophomore is averaging 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds this season for the Vaqueros. Jordan Matthews (10.4 points) and Dom Gully (10.0 points) are two other players that are averaging in double figures this season for the Vaqueros. Long Beach will look to end their three game losing streak against Glendale. William English leads the Vikings in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. Jeremiah Sadler is second in the team in scoring as the freshman averages 14.4 points this season. Jamiu Akinbile (11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds) and Matthew Wooten (10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds) are two others that are looking to contribute in todays action. The winner of this match up will face off against the Chaffey and Desert winner.
In game number three, Compton (2-10) will face off against Palomar (9-7) in first round action. The Tartars will look to end their five game losing streak as it has been a tough season for Compton after last seasons success they had. Four players are averaging in double figures as L’kielynn Taylor leads the team as the sophomore is averaging 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season. Taylor has been solid and a very versatile player for the Tartars. Chris Townsell is another player averaging in double figures as the sophomore is averaging 12.1 points and 4.7 rebounds this season. Jaylen Million (11.1 points), Derrius Ennis (10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds) and Armon Cook (9.5 points) will look to have big games today against Palomar. The Comets will look to end their two game losing streak as Palomar as lost three of their last four games. Jackson Strong leads the Comets in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Strong has been solid this season for the Comets this season. Matt Meyers is the other Comet averaging in double figures as the sophomore big man is averaging 16.3 points and 7.6 rebounds this season. The Comets will look to get back on track against Compton in first round action.
In the best matchup of the first round, 3rd ranked Citrus (14-3) will face off against 14th ranked West Los Angeles (11-5) in a battle of two ranked teams. The Owls come into to the game coming off of a loss in the championship of the Compton Tournament. Four players are averaging in double figures in double figures for the Owls led by sophomore Jeremy Smith who is averaging 21.2 points and 5.3 assists this season. Smith has had a standout season for the Owls and after early season struggles shooting the ball the sophomore has stepped up his game and had a standout season. Kyle Gray has played well for the Owls as the sophomore is averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest this season. Austin Clarke (11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds) and Miles Crawford (11.3 points) are two other players that are averaging in double figures and will look to contribute for Citrus in first round action. The Wildcats come into the match up with a 2-2 record in their last four games. Trevor Blackmon leads the team in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.4 points and 3.9 rebounds this season. Corey Jackson (13.8 points) and Traonte Jones (12.1 points and 3.5 assists) are two other players averaging in double figures for the Wildcats. Prince Obeni (9.0 points and 7.8 rebounds) and Gabriel Hubbard (8.3 points) will look to contribute in first round action against Citrus.