The last non conference tournaments of the year will begin today. Five junior college schools will host tournaments in the last weekend of 2014. This will be a conference tune up for some schools as conference will start in early January.
Chabot Tournament – Hayward, CA
In Hayward, Chabot will host its 48th Annual Chabot Classic featuring eight teams. The tournament will have three Signal The Light Basketball ranked teams including Southern California ranked team, Antelope Valley. First round matchups of the tournament will see Solano (1-5) meeting up with 6th ranked Antelope Valley (9-4). The Marauders have not played since Decmeber 13th but will take a three game winning streak into the tournament. Solano has not played since November 29th and will look to end its current three game losing streak against Antelope Valley. In the second game of the tournament, 9th ranked Cosumnes River (8-4) will look to stay hot when the Hawks will face Palomar. The Hawks have won eight of nine games and had won eight straight games until losing to Fresno in the final of the Modesto Tournament. Palomar (6-6) will look to get back on track after losing four of its last five games. In other action 14th ranked Chabot (8-6) will face a struggling Porterville team. Chabot is coming off of a fifth place finish at the Modesto Tournament. On the other hand, Porterville will look to end its four game losing streak against the Gladiators. In the last game of the evening, Fullerton will face Sierra. Sierra (5-6) has been bit by the injury bug and has played one of the tougher schedules in Northern California. The Wolverines have lost to San Francisco twice, San Jose, Las Positas, Santa Rosa, and a improved Feather River team. Fullerton (2-11) will look to end their four game losing streak in first round action. The tournament will last three days and games will start at 1pm.
Allan Hancock Tournament – Santa Maria, CA
In Santa Maria, Allan Hancock will host an eight team tournament that will feature five Signal The Light Basketball ranked teams. In the first game of the day, 2nd ranked Fresno City (13-3) will look to continue its hot December when the Rams take on Santa Barbara. The Rams have won eleven of their last twelve and are 6-1 in December. Fresno won the Modesto Tournament and will look to stay hot. Santa Barbara (4-5) has won four of its last five including a runner up finish at their own tournament losing to Victor Valley in the final. In the second game of the day, 7th ranked Cuesta (9-4) will take on Cerritos. After starting the season 8-1, the Cougars have slowed down by losing three of its last four games. Cuesta lost two tough games at the Modesto Tournament by losing to Lassen and Ohlone. Cerritos (5-7) came up with two victories at the Sequoias Tournament winning the consolation championship. In the third match up of the day, Allan Hancock will face 10th ranked Bakersfield (8-3). The Renegades have won four of their last five games and are coming off a road victory over Los Angeles Pierce. Hancock (5-7) will look to end its current two game losing streak against Bakersfield. The Bulldogs lost two games at the Modesto Tournament last week. (Fresno and Sacramento). In the last game of the first round, 15th ranked Rio Hondo (10-5) will face 4th ranked San Jose (10-2). San Jose has not played since their December 13th loss to Ohlone. Before the loss to Ohlone, the Jaguars were on a nine game winning streak. Rio Hondo has won three straight games after winning the Glendale Tournament. This should be a very competitive tournament as action begins at 1pm.
San Diego Mesa Tournament – San Diego, CA
The San Diego Mesa Holiday Inn Tournament will have an eight team tournament that will feature one current ranked team in the Signal The Light Basketball rankings. In game one, Cypress will face host San Diego Mesa (2-7). Mesa will look to end its four game losing streak against Cypress. Cypress (5-7) will look to build some consistency after beating Los Angeles Harbor in their last outing on December 18th. In game two, 9th ranked East Los Angeles (8-4) will take on Victor Valley. After starting the season 7-1, the Huskies have went 1-3 and will look to get back on track against the Rams. Meanwhile Victor Valley (11-8) have been in and out of the Signal The Light Basketball rankings and have won five of their last six. In the third game of the tournament, West Hills (5-9) will take on Glendale. The Falcons have lost three of their last four games and will look to get on track before Central Valley Conference play. Glendale (1-8) will try and get its first win this season against another Junior College as their only victory came against the California Lutheran JV team on December 6th. In the last game of the night, Grossmont (5-6) will face Santa Ana (5-7). Grossmont will look to end its three game losing streak. Meanwhile, Santa Ana will try and make it two wins in a row after beating San Diego Mesa on December 17th.
College of the Siskiyous Tournament – Weed, CA
Siskiyous will host a three day event that will feature four California Junior Colleges, Umpqua Community College (Rosenburg, Oregon) and Lane Community College (Eugene, Oregon). In the first day of action, Shasta will face Umpqua. Shasta (3-10) will look to end its current two game losing streak against the Oregon school. In game two, Lane College will take on Butte (7-5). Butte has won two games in a row and will look to get on track as conference time will begin in January. In the last game of the night Sacramento will face tournament host Siskiyous. Sacramento (5-6) has lost three of their last four games. Siskyious (3-11) will look to get on track going into conference as well. Tournament action will see round robin play as all six teams will be in action on Monday as well.
Imperial Valley Tournament – Imperial, CA
The Imperial Valley Tournament will feature six Southern California teams. All six teams will play three games in round robin action throughout the three day event. In the first game, El Camino will face off against Cuyamaca at 2pm. After starting off the season 2-0 El Camino (3-6) have lost six of their last seven games and lost two straight at the Sequoias Tournament a week ago. Cuyamaca (4-6) will look to end a two game losing streak as well as Cuyamaca lost two straight at the Glendale Tournament. In the second game on day one, Pasadena will take on Miramar. Pasadena (3-8) will look to build off a 3rd place finish at the Sequoias Tournament last week. Miramar (4-6) will look to end its four game losing streak in day one action. In the final game of day one, College of the Desert will take on tournament host Imperial Valley. Desert (5-7) has lost five of their last six games and will look to build upon their win against Santa Monica last week. Imperial Valley will look to pick up its first win on the season after starting off the season 0-9.