Week Five Southern California Signal The Light Basketball Rankings
1. Fullerton (7-1): The Hornets remain at the top of our Southern California rankings after picking up two wins last week. Fullerton picked up a 86-73 win over Victor Valley and followed that up with a win over Citrus 90-86 at the Citrus Tournament. The Hornets got their revenge on Citrus as the Owls handed Fullerton their only loss of the season on November 9th. Fullerton is 4-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our week five Signal The Light Basketball rankings this season. This week the Hornets will travel up north and play in the Foothill Invite Tournament as they will face Marin 1st round action on Friday.
2. East Los Angeles (4-2): The Huskies remain at number two in the rankings after having a bye last week. East Los Angeles has started the season off winning four of their first six games and are 1-1 against teams ranked inside of our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. This week, the Huskies will be at the Riverside City Tournament and face off against 7th ranked Saddleback in first round action on Wednesday.
3. Mt. San Jacinto (8-1): The Eagles stay put at number three in the rankings following a 3-0 week. Mt. San Jacinto picked up wins against Venutra, Chaffey and Riverside and improved to 8-1 on the season. Mt. San Jacinto is 1-1 against teams ranked inside of our rankings and the Eagles have won three straight games since losing to Fullerton on November 21st. This week the Eagles will open up the Riverside Tournament against 10th ranked Copper Mountain in first round action on Wednesday.
4. Cerritos (7-1): The Falcons stay put at number four in the rankings following a solid week which saw Cerritos win three games. Cerritos cruised past Grossmont 81-43 in first round action, followed that up with a 61-45 win over Palomar and knocked off San Diego in the championship game 80-75. Cerritos is 2-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our week five rankings and have started the season winning seven of their first eight games. This week, the Falcons will travel to Santa Maria and face 5th ranked Hancock in their lone game of the week.
5. Hancock (6-1): The Bulldogs round off the top five as Hancock remains in the same place following a bye week. Hancock has started the season off winning six of seven and the Bulldogs are 1-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our rankings. This week, the Bulldogs will be in action twice as Hancock will face West Hills-Lemoore on the road and follow that up with a home game against 4th ranked Cerritos on Saturday in action this week.
6. Long Beach (9-1): The Vikings move up two spots in the rankings following a 3-0 week. Long Beach picked up a 76-66 win over Barstow, followed that with a 92-71 win over Los Angeles Pierce and won the Wild West Shootout with a 88-76 win over West Los Angeles. Long Beach has started off the season winning nine of ten to start the season and the Vikings are 1-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our week five rankings. This week the Vikings will be in action one time as Long Beach will host Imperial Valley on Friday in their lone game of the week.
7. Saddleback (5-4): The Gauchos move up three spots in the rankings due to all the shake ups above them last week. Saddleback had the week off but plenty of teams lost above them which cause the shake up. The Gauchos have lost four of their last five games and two of those losses have come against teams outside of California. This week, the Gauchos will be in action against East Los Angeles on Wednesday at the Riverside Tournament, 3rd ranked Mt. San Jacinto on Thursday and 13th ranked West Los Angeles on Saturday.
8. Southwestern (8-3): The Jaguars move up one spot in the rankings after going 1-1 last week. Southwestern went to the Citrus Tournament and picked up a 91-77 win over Citrus and followed that up with a tough loss against Victor Valley 87-83. Southwestern is 2-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our week five rankings and this week the Jaguars will face Barstow in action at the Southwestern Tournament beginning on Friday.
9. Citrus (6-4): The Owls drop three spots in the rankings after Citrus lost two games last week. Citrus suffered losses against two teams ranked inside of our rankings as the Owls lost to Southwestern 91-77, and followed that up with a 90-86 loss against Fullerton. Citrus is 1-3 against teams ranked within our week five rankings and this week the Owls will face Santiago Canyon on Friday at home.
10. Copper Mountain (7-2): The Fighting Cacti move up two spots in the rankings after picking up a win last week. Copper Mountain went on the road and picked up a 82-53 win over West Hills-Lemoore in their lone game last week. Since losing their first two games of the season, Copper Mountain has not lost since and the Fighting Cacti have won seven games in a row. Copper Mountain is 1-1 against teams within our week five rankings and the Fighting Cacti have been solid this season. This week, the Fighting Cacti will have their hands full at the Riverside Tournament, as Copper Mountain will face 3rd ranked Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday, then 13th ranked West Los Angeles on Thursday and against 2nd ranked East Los Angeles on Saturday.
11. San Bernardino (6-3): The Wolverines drop four spots in the rankings following a 1-2 weekend at the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament. San Bernardino lost to Ventura 70-69, followed that up with a 83-80 loss against Santa Monica and then picked up a 83-71 win over Rio Hondo in games from last week. San Bernardino has lost three of their last four games and the Wolverines have a 2-1 record against teams ranked inside of our week five rankings. This week the Wolverines are off before returning to action on December 11th when San Bernardino will host San Diego.
12. San Diego Miramar (7-2): The Jets move up two spots in the rankings as San Diego Miramar picked up a 76-68 win over Cuyamaca in their lone game last week. The Jets are 1-2 against teams that are ranked inside of our rankings and the Jets have started off the season winning seven of nine games. Miramar will be in action one time this week as the Jets will face off against San Diego Mesa at home on Wednesday.
13. West Los Angeles (7-4): The Wildcats come into the rankings at number 13 this week after going 2-1 last week. West Los Angeles has started the season off winning seven of eleven and have played solid basketball this season. The Wildcats are 1-2 against teams ranked inside of our week five rankings but have played a solid schedule to start the season. This week, the Wildcats will be tested as West Los Angeles will be at the Riverside Tournament and face Riverside on Wednesday, 10th ranked Copper Mountain on Thursday and 7th ranked Saddleback on Saturday.
14. Los Angeles Harbor (5-2): The Seahawks come into the rankings for the first time this season as Los Angeles Harbor has won five out of seven to start the season. Last week, the Seahawks won three straight at the Mount San Antonio Tournament picking up victories against Orange Coast, Imperial Valley and Cerro Coso. Los Angeles Harbor is 0-1 against teams ranked inside of our rankings and this week will face off against Cypress on the road on Wednesday at the Don Johnson Classic.
15. San Diego (7-6): The Knights check back into the rankings following a 2-1 weekend at the Grossmont Tournament. San Diego picked up wins against Moorpark and Desert and the Knights are 4-2 in their last six games. San Diego has lost four of their six games to teams that are ranked inside of our rankings and have two victories against teams inside of our rankings. San Diego will have the week off and be back in action on December 11th when the Knights will face 11th ranked San Bernardino on the road.
Signaling a Light: Cuesta (6-3), Compton (5-3), Los Angeles Trade Tech (5-2), Desert (5-3), Cypress (5-2), Riverside (5-3)