Hemet Valley Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament
Dates: November 30th- December 2nd
Teams: (9) Riverside (4-2), Bakersfield (4-3), San Diego Mesa (3-4), Chaffey (3-5), (2) Copper Mountain (8-1), Canyons (4-4), (7) Santiago Canyon (9-1), Mt. San Jacinto (3-6)
Matchups: The Hemet Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto will begin on Thursday as eight Southern California teams will take part in the three day event. Three ranked teams within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings will take part in the solid tournament in Southern California.
In the first game of the tournament on Thursday, Bakersfield (4-3) will battle 9th ranked Riverside at 1pm. The Tigers come into the matchup on a two game losing streak as Riverside lost their last two games at the San Bernardino Tournament. Riverside won their first four games and will look to end their losing skid against unranked Bakersfield. Four Riverside players are averaging in double figures led by sophomore sensation Brae Ivey. The guard is averaging 22.5 points and 5.8 rebounds this season and shooting 43% from behind the three point line this season for the Tigers. Andre Wilson (13.0 points) and Kane Daniels (11.2 points) are two other players averaging in double figures for Riverside this season. Freshman Jordan Robinson has been solid for the Tigers as the front court player is averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds this season. This will be Riversides first game since November 18th when the Tigers lost to Grossmont at the San Bernardino Tournament. Meanwhile the Renegades come into the game on a two game winning streak. Bakersfield began the season in our preseason poll but a slow 2-3 start pushed the Renegades out of the rankings but this is a team that will be looking to make a post season push this season. The Renegades have two losses against teams within our Signal The Light Baskeball rankings (Santiago Canyon and San Diego). Four Renegades are averaging in double figures as Jamar Hammonds leads the team in scoring averaging 22.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Jaylunn English is another standout for the Renegades as the sophomore is averaging 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game this season. Tucker Eenigenburg (12.7 points) and Shahadah Camp (10.1 points) are two other players that have contributed for Bakersfield this season.
In the second matchup of the tournament, San Diego Mesa (3-4) will take on Chaffey (3-5) in first round action. Chaffey comes into the tournament winning two of their last three games and will look to advance into the second round with a win over San Diego Mesa. Isaiah McCullough is the only player averaging in double figures for the Panthers as the freshman is averaging 11.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest this season. Bosten Van Der Veer (9.5 points), Tyler Ginyard (9.4 points) and Mam Ayuel (8.0 points) have had solid moments as well for the Panthers. On the other side of the ball, San Diego Mesa comes into the tournament on a two game losing streak. The Olympians have three players averaging in double figures led by sophomore big man Armstrong Ojunkwu who is averaging 15.4 points and 11.6 rebounds this season as he is one of the elite big men in the state. Morrie Neeley is averaging 15.3 points a game and Joseph Davis is averaging 12.4 points and making 38% of his three point attempts this season for the Olympians. Freshman Perry Davis has also been solid for San Diego Mesa as the guard is averaging 9.3 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game this season. The winner/loser of this game will face off against the Bakersfield/Riverside game on Friday.
In the third game of the day, 2nd ranked Copper Moutnain (8-1) will take on College of the Canyons (4-4). The 2nd ranked Fighting Cacti come into the tournament on a six game winning streak and have been solid all season. Copper Moutnain has a lot of depth and the Fighting Cacti are led in scoring by sophomore Murshid Randle who is averaging a team high 13.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. Ronald Bell has been a monster on the glass all season and the sophomore is averaging 13.3 points and 11.4 rebounds this season for Copper Mountain. Rosemond Alexis (8.8 points), Tre’Von Bentley (8.0 points) have been solid for one of the deepest teams in the state. Canyons comes into the match up trying to find consistency as the Cougars are 4-4 coming into the tournament. Sophomore Michael Kalu has been outstanding as the guard is averaging 18.8 points and 5.9 rebounds this season for the Cougars. Jacob Lilley has played well for the Cougars as the point guard is averaging 11.1 points and 4.4 assists for Canyons in his second season. Frankie Campbell (8.4 points) and Jude Agbasi (8.1 points) will look to contribute in first round action against Copper Mountain.
In the final match up of the first round, 7th ranked Santiago Canyon (9-1) will look to pick up their 10th win on the season as the Hawks will face tournament host Mt. San Jacinto (3-6). The Hawks are off to one of the best starts in the state as Santiago Canyon has been one of the surprises to start the season. Santiago Canyon has picked up wins against Palomar and Saddleback last weekend and their only loss this season has come against San Diego in the semi finals last week at the Palomar Tournament. Antoine Jenkins (25.9 points and 4.6 assists) and Rodney Henderson (22.8 points and 10.1 rebounds) are a solid one two punch that have lit of the scoreboards this season. Both players are off to hot starts and have torched defenses through the first ten games they have stepped on the floor. Kamron Fleming (12.5 points and 3.8 rebounds), and A.J. Garrity (11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds) have played well for the Hawks this season through 10 games. Santiago Canyon has averaged 94.9 points per contest and come into the tournament as one of the favorites. Mt. San Jacinto (3-6) comes into the tournament losing 6 of their first 9 games but all six of the Eagles losses have come against teams that are ranked in our Southern California Signal The Light Basketball rankings. Mt. San Jacinto has played the toughest schedule in the state through nine games and it does not get any easier in first round action. Davon Sanders has played well for the Eagles as the sophomore is averaging 18.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest this season. Sanders has posted double figures in all nine games this season and had a season high of 23 points against San Diego on November 4th. C.J. Hyder (8.6 points) is another scoring option for the Eagles this season through 9 games as well. The winner/loser of this game will face off against Copper Mountain/Canyons in the semi finals on Friday.