Fulllerton Tournament Preview

Fullerton College Classic

Dates: November 8-11

Teams: (11) Bakersfield (2-1), (1) San Diego (3-0), San Diego Mesa (2-1), (9) Citrus (2-1), Canyons (1-1), (14) Mt. San Jacinto (1-2), Chaffey (1-2), (7) Fullerton (2-1)

Matchups: The Fullerton College Classic will begin tomorrow and last up until Saturday as the eight team event will have five ranked teams within our rankings at the event. In first round action beginning on Wednesday Canyons will face off against 14th ranked Mt. San Jacinto. The Eagles are coming off a tough weekend losing to two quality teams after picking up an opening season win. Mt. San Jacinto picked up a victory over Barstow, but lost to top ranked San Diego in the semi finals and followed that up with a 3rd place loss to Citrus last week. The Eagles are led by Davon Sanders who has averaged 20 points a game early in the season and David Thompson averages in double figures this season for Mt. San Jacinto. Meanwhile, Canyons will look to pick up a quality win after losing in the championship last week at the Clash at Canyons tournament at home. The Cougars picked up a win over Oxnard, but lost to a solid East Los Angeles team in the final. Canyons is led by Michael Kalu who averaged 14.0 points per contest last weekend and Frankie Campbell was the other Cougar in double figures.

In the second match up on Wednesday, 7th ranked Fullerton (2-1) will take on Chaffey (1-2). Fullerton had a solid start to the season as the Hornets finished in 2nd place at the San Diego City College Tournament. The Hornets picked up wins against San Diego Mesa and Citrus before falling to San Diego in the championship game on Sunday. Fullerton is led by sophomore guard Jason Richardson. The transfer from Cal State Northridge is averaging 19.7 points, Khalil Stevenson is another Hornet averaging in double figures as the sophomore is averaging 11.0 per game. As for the Panthers, Chaffey struggled last weekend and lost two out of three at the Santiago Canyon/Santa Ana Tournament. Chaffey picked up an opening win against El Camino but followed that up with losses against Santa Ana and Long Beach last weekend. The Panthers had three players that averaged in double figures led by sophomore Jared Nyivih. The sophomore aveaged 13.0 points per contest, and Bosten Van Der Veer (12.3 points) and Darion Willies (12.3) both averaged in double figures last weekend for the Panthers.

On Thursday 11th ranked Bakersfield (2-1) will take on top ranked San Diego (3-0). The 11th ranked ranked Renegades picked up wins over Santa Ana and Long Beach last week at the Santiago Canyon/ Santa Ana event but lost to Santiago Canyon 102-85 but remained in our rankings. Sophomore Jamar Hammonds averaged 29.0 points and 12 rebounds and Jaylunn English averaged 20 points and 6.3 rebounds last week for Bakersfield in three games. The Renegades will look to pick up a solid win after dropping their last game. As for San Diego, the top ranked Knights are coming off a weekend that saw them pick up three straight wins and two against teams ranked within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. San Diego picked up wins against Los Angeles Harbor, Mt. San Jacinto and in a rematch of the state championship the Knights picked up a win over Fullerton. The Knights have four players in double figures led by sophomore Robert McCoy. The “6-8” wing is averaging 16.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in his first three games of the season. Point guard Wonder Smith is averaging 16.3 points per game and Robert Taylor (11.3 points), and Luis Salgado (10.7 points) all played well for the Knights last weekend. The winner of this game will face off against the winner of the San Diego Mesa and Citrus winner being played on Thursday.

In the last game of the first round, San Diego Mesa (2-1) will take on 9th ranked Citrus (2-1) on Thursday evening as first round action will conclude. 9th ranked Citrus had a solid first weekend as the Owls picked up two wins at the San Diego City Invitational and finished in 3rd place. Citrus had four players average in double figures led by sophomore guard Jeremy Smith. The guard averaged 20.7 points and 5.7 assists but is only shooting 29% from the floor through three games. Kyle Gray has been solid for the Owls as the sophomore wing is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds for Citrus. Miles Crawford (12.3 points) and Austin Clarke (11.0 points) are the other two Owls that contributed last weekend as well from a scoring perspective. Coach Travis Nichols and San Diego Mesa picked up the consolation title at the San Diego City College Invitational last weekend as the Olympians lost in the first round to Fullerton, but picked up wins against Cuyamaca and Los Angeles Harbor to pick up two wins. The Olympians had four players average in double figures last weekend led by sophomore big man Armstrong Ojunkwu. The “6-8” sophomore averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds and posted a 38 point and 18 rebound game against Los Angeles Harbor in the consolation final on Sunday. Sophomore Morrie Neeley averaged 15.7 points, Austin Henderson posted 12.3 points, and freshman Joseph Davis averaged 11.7 points per game last weekend.