Golden Gate Classic
Dates: December 1-3
Teams: Skyline (4-4), Contra Costa (1-2), San Joaquin Delta (1-3), (1) Sequoias (5-1), Sierra (2-3), (2) San Francisco (6-1), San Jose (1-3), (6) Diablo Valley (4-2)
Matchups: The Golden Gate Classic will begin today as eight teams form Northern California take part in the three day event. Three teams ranked within the Signal The Light Basketball rankings including the top two teams from Northern California will be in action today as first round action begins.
In the first game of the day, Skyline (4-4) will face off against Contra Costa (1-2). The Comets come into today’s matchup losing two of their first three games and will look to advance with a victory over a Coast North Conference opponent. Contra Costa has not had a game since November 4th at the Las Positas Tournament. Kemare Wright averaged 23.0 points and Evan Thompson averaged 13.7 points and were the only two Comets that averaged in double figures at the Las Positas Tournament. Trevon Silas (8.3 points) and Eric Jones (8.0 points) will look to contribute for Contra Costa against Skyline. The Trojans come into the game looking to find consistency as Skyline has not won consecutive games in their first eight games. KeDraun Buckner leads Skyline in scoring averaging 16.0 and 5.7 rebounds per game this season. Clayton Ladine is averaging 13.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season. In his last outing he posted a triple double against San Jose. Chris Fontaine is another Trojan averaging in double figures as the sophomore is averaging 12.8 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
In the second game of the day at 4pm, top ranked Sequoias (5-1) will look to advance to the second round as the Giants face San Joaquin Delta (1-3). The Mustangs will look to upend the top ranked team in Northern California and end their two game skid. Alex Smith is averaging 13.5 points and leads San Joaquin Delta in scoring this season. Elijah Johnson (12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds), Alvin Crenshaw (10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds) and Jordan Mellion (10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds) are all averaging in double figures through four games for the Mustangs. As for the Giants, Sequoias will look to extend their five game winning streak with a win over the Mustangs. Sequoias has wins over San Francisco and Fresno and jumped to the top of the rankings following a solid weekend at the Fresno Tournament. Sophomore Kody Wilson averages 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and leads the team in scoring and is the only Giant averaging in double figures this season. Isaiah Johnson (9.2 points), Solomon Taylor (8.7 points), Austin Armstead (8.3 points), and Connor Tuttle (7.2 points) have gave the Giants solid playing time for the Giants this season. The winner of this game will face the Skyline/Contra Costa winner.
In the third matchup of the day, 2nd ranked San Francisco (6-1) will take on Sierra (2-3) for a spot in the semi finals. Sierra comes into the tournament on a two game losing streak and it will not get any easier for the Wolverines in first round action. Kenny Olsem leads the Wolverines in scoring averaging 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season. Tre Finch (13.6 points and 4.2 rebounds), and Josh Gonzalez (11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds) have played solid for Sierra through five games. The Wolverines will look to knock off the 2nd ranked Rams to advance to the semi finals on Saturday. Tournament host San Francisco will look to pick up their third win in a row since losing to Sequoias in the first round of the Fresno Tournament. Terrell Brown has been spectacular this season for the Rams as the sophomore transfer from San Jose State is averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. Eddy Ionescu (11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds), Eddie Stansberry (11.4 points and 4.3 rebounds) are two other Rams averaging in double figures. Curtis Witt (9.6 points), Lewis Hayes (9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds), and Dexter Hood (8.4 points and 5.7 rebounds) have been solid for the Rams this season.
In the last game of the night, San Jose (1-3) will take on 6th ranked Diablo Valley (4-2). The Vikings come into the game on a two game winning streak and will look to pick up another victory over San Jose. Ben Wood has been solid for Diablo Valley as the sophomore is averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. The sharp shooter is shooting 44% from downtown for the Vikings this season. Demarre Walker is averaging 12.3 points and 3.8 assists for the Vikings this season. Victor Mijas (10.7 points and 3.3 rebounds), Brandynn Manning (9.7 points) and Steven Daily (8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds) are also contributing for the Vikings this season. San Jose comes into the game on a three game losing streak. The Jaguars are led by Jonell Burton who averages 19.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. The sophomore scored a season high of 25 points against Monterey on November 4th this season. John Cezner is the only other Jaguar averaging in double figures as the sophomore is averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds this season. Kameron Vales (9.8 points), and Kobe Foster (8.3 points) will look to contribute this weekend for San Jose. The winner of this match up will take on San Francisco/Sierra in the semi finals tomorrow.