Modesto Junior College Basketball Tournament
Dates: December 5-9
Teams: Reedley (2-4), (10) Saddleback (5-4), Cosumnes River (4-4), Cuesta (2-6), (4) Copper Mountain (10-2), (8) Yuba (4-3), Lassen (2-7), (2) Fresno (5-2), (13) Shasta (6-3), (11) Sacramento (6-3), Mendocino (4-1), University of Los Angeles, Alameda (1-4), Ohlone (4-3), Simpson JV, Modesto (4-3).
Matchups: The Modesto Tournament will be one of the biggest tournaments in the state as 14 junior college teams will take the field in the 16 team tournament lasting five days this week. Tournament action will begin today as six teams take the court in the tournament. 11 Northern California teams and four Southern California teams will take the floor and six ranked teams will be in action during the week.
Three games will be played today as Alameda will take on Ohlone at 3pm today to kick off tournament action. Ohlone comes into the tournament with a 4-3 record and winning 3 of their last 4 games. The Renegades are led by Richard Oryem who is averaging 18.4 points per contest. Kai Winterling (15.6 points) has been solid for the Renegades, as the freshman is shooting 43% from downtown this season. Bryce Thompson is another key player for Ohlone as the sophomore guard is averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 5.1 assists this season. Cameron Bradley averages in double figures for the Renegades as the sophomore is averaging 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. Meanwhile, Alameda comes into the game winning their last game. The Cougars are 1-4 to start the season but picked up a win against Folsom Lake after starting the season off losing their first four games. Alameda is led by D.J. Ward who is averaging 21.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. Ward has a season high of 31 points this season against De Anza. Child’s Golden is averaging 14.4 points and Joshua Hamilton is the other Cougar averaging in double figures averaging 10.0 points per contest this season for the Cougars.
In other action today, 4th ranked Copper Mountain (10-2) will battle 8th ranked Yuba (4-3) in first round action at 5pm today. The Fighting Cacti come into this tournament as a potential favorite as Copper Mountain are 8-1 in their last nine games. Marshal Randle is leading the team in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Ronald Bell has been a dominant force on the inside as the sophomore is averaging 12.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Tre’Von Bentley (9.1 points), Jailen Moore (9.1 points) and Steven McNease (8.5 points) have been solid this season for the Fighting Cacti. As for Yuba, the 49ers come into the match up losing two of their last three and will look to pick up the win over a solid Copper Mountain team. Elishja Duplechan leads the 49ers in scoring averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. Josh Dhatt (14.3 points and 3.9 rebounds), Jeryn Lucas (13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds), and Isaiah Bates (9.1 points and 6.6 rebounds) have provided scoring punch for the 49ers this season. The winner/loser of this matchup with face the winner of Fresno/Lassen.
In the third and final game of day one today, Modesto (4-3) will face off against the Simpson JV. The Pirates come into the first round action on a two game winning streak with wins over Redwoods and Las Positas. Modesto has four players that are averaging in double figures led by Donte Walker. The sophomore is averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 assists this season for the Pirates. Jemeil King has been solid for the Pirates as the sophomore is averaging 15.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Jaron Dickson (14.4 points), Ryan Donnelly (14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds) and Nick Obazuaye (8.2 points and 9.5 rebounds) have all contributed this season for the Pirates. Modesto should advance to the next round with a win over the Simpson JV. The winner of this match up will face the winner of the Alameda and Ohlone game.
In day two action, 2nd ranked Fresno (5-2) will take on a struggling Lassen (2-7) squad that has lost six straight games. The Rams come into the game winning three of thier last four games. Tyus Millhollin leads the team in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.4 points per contest this season. Georgie Dancer (12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds), and Fred Lavender (12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds) are the other two Rams that are averaging in double figures. Jess Spivey (9.3 points), Drew Cobb (9.3 points), and Tommy Nuno (8.6 points) have contributed this season for the 2nd ranked Rams. Lassen will look to end their losing skid with a tough task against the Rams. Unwana Ekiko has been solid for Lassen as the sophomore guard is averaging 16.7 points and 3.4 assists this season. Xavier Lovelace is the other Cougar that is in averaging in double figures as the freshman is averaging 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds this season. Kameron Brandon (8.1 points) has been solid for the Cougars this season.The winner of this game will face off against the Yuba and Copper Mountain winner.
In the 3pm game on Wednesday, Mendocino (4-1) will take on the University of Los Angeles. The Eagles have started off hot as Mendocino has won four of their first five games to start the season and have won four straight. Mendocino has lost one game this season and it was to Butte in their season opener. Jamarlin Jackson has been great this season for the Eagles as the sophomore guard is averaging 27.4 points and 8.0 rebounds this season. Dashaunte Woods is another player averaging in double figures for Mendocino as the sophomore is averaging 11.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Gabriel Howard (8.0 points) is another option for Mendocino in first round action.
In the 5pm game on Wednesday two Northern California ranked teams will battle in first round action as 11th ranked Sacramento (6-3) will face off against 13th ranked Shasta (6-3). The Knights come into the matchup winning five straight games and are 6-3 this season. Shasta last loss was against Los Medanos on November 10th. Since that loss, Shasta has picked up wins over Columbia, Santa Rosa, and Cabrillo. Hunter Johnson leads the Knights in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 14.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. Blake Trent (13.9 points), Zach Lowe (13.2 points and 3.6 rebounds), and Kellen Gerig (10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds) are all averaging in double figures this season. Jordan Spaschak has been solid as well as the sophomore has been all around averaging 8.1 points, 6.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season for the Knights. Sacramento comes into the contest winning five of thier last six games and ranked 11th in Northern California. Gabe Serna leads the Panthers in scoring averaging 17.3 points and 3.6 assists per contest. Troy Owens (15.3 points and 4.8 rebounds), Ryan Reed (14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds), and Reeshahr Crawford (11.2 points and 6.9 rebounds) are all Panthers averaging in double figures. Jhalen Lumpkins (9.8 points) and Raphael Durr (9.0 points) have also contributed this season for Sacramento. The winner of this contest will take on the winner of Mendocino and the University of Los Angeles winner.
At 7pm on Wednesday, 10th ranked Saddleback (5-4) will face off against Reedley (2-4). The Tigers come into the game on a two game losing streak and will look to knock off the traditional Southern California powerhouse. Jeron Bowers is leading Reedley in scoring averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest this season. Ruben Parks has also played well as the freshman is averaging 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds this season for the Tigers. The Tigers will look for Hassan Bolden (7.8 points) and Cohen Blythe (7.3 points) to contribute against the Gauchos in first round action. On the other end, Saddleback (5-4) will look to end their two game losing streak as the Gauchos have struggled to a 5-4 record to start the season. Three of the four losses that Sadddleback has is against ranked opponents. Shawn Stith (14.1 points and 7.0 rebounds) leads the team in scoring and rebounding this season. J.J. Overton has been solid for the Gauchos as the freshman is averaging 12.9 points and 3.7 rebounds and is the only other Gaucho averaging in double figures. Nicholas Brannon (8.0 points) and Anthony Naimie (7.2 points) will look to contribute as well for the Gauchos in first round action.
In the last matchup of the first round, Cosumnes River (4-4) will take on Cuesta at 9pm. The Hawks come into the tournament winning three of thier last four games. James Gill is averaging 13.1 points and 13.9 rebounds this season and is the only Hawks player averaging in double figures. De’Rajaee Austin (9.3 points and 4.1 assists), and Jordan Roberson (9.6 points) have had solid moments as well for the Hawks. As for Cuesta (2-6), the Cougars will come into the game looking to snap their five game losing streak as Cuesta as struggled since winning two of thier first three games. Noah Saunders has been solid as the sophomore is averaging 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds this season. Josh Wilson-Murray is averaging 11.9 points this season and is the only other Cougar in double figures this season. Rodrigo Majarin (9.1 points), Jorge Bueno (8.5 points), Nico Gonzalez (7.1 points , and Ike Cruz (7.5 points) will look to contribute against Cosumnes River in first round action. The winner/loser of this contest will face off against Reedley/Saddleback.