Monterey Bay Classic
Dates: November 30-December 2
Teams: Solano (3-2), (12) West Valley (5-2), Hartnell (3-0), Irvine Valley (5-2), (7) Gavilan (7-0), Cypress (1-4), Santa Barbara (0-6), Monterey (4-3)
Matchups: The Monterey Bay Classic will get started later today in Monterey, California as eight teams will participate in the three day event. Five Northern California teams and three Southern California teams will look to bring home the championship. Two Signal The Light Basketball ranked teams are in the field as action starts today beginning at 1pm.
In the first game of the day at 1pm, Solano (3-2) will take on 12th ranked West Valley (5-2) in first round action. The Falcons come into the game losing thier last outing against Sacramento on November 11th. Solano has three players averaging in double figures and the Hawks are off to a decent start this season. Sophomore Leon Williams leads the team in scoring as he is averaging 16.4 points and 4.0 rebounds through five games this season. Isaiah Duplechan has been solid this season for the Falcons. The freshman is averaging 15.6 points and shooting 46% from behind the three point line this season. Trevaughn Ross is another option for Solano as the freshman is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest as Solano will look to knock off the 12th ranked Vikings. West Valley comes into the contest on a three game winning streak. Cristian Mejia and Devante Johnson have both been solid for the Vikings as both players are averaging 17.3 points per game. Johnson has been solid on the boards as the freshman is averaging 6.9 rebounds this season. Delvon Nisby is another option at the offensive end as sophomore is averaging 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds this season as the Vikings will look to advance to the semi finals with a victory over Solano.
At 3pm, Irvine Valley (5-2) travels up to Northern California and will face off against undefeated Hartnell (3-0). The Panthers are 3-0 to start the season but have two of their opponents do not have a win this season. Spencer Conrad leads Hartnell in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 20.3 points per contest. Jesse Hurtado (18.0 points), Miguel Velez (10.7 points), and Kishon Rogers (10.0 points) are all averaging in double figures as the Panthers will look to advance to the semi finals with a win over a solid Southern California team. Irvine Valley comes into the game winning four of their last five games. The Lasers make the trip from up north and have had a solid start to the 2017-2018 season. Irvine Valley has three players that are averaging in double figures led by freshman Jake Linsky. The front court standout is averaging 13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds this season for the Lasers. Sophomore point guard Daniel Hernandez has been solid for the Lasers through seven games. Hernandez is averaging 13.0 points and 3.0 assists and has been solid at the point position this season. Cameron Griffin (12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds) and Parker Sims (7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds) have contributed for the Lasers this season. The winner of this match up will face off against the West Valley/Solano winner.
At 5pm, tournament host Monterey (4-3) will face off against Santa Barbara (0-6). The Vaqueros will try and pick up their first win on the road against the Lobos in first round action. The Vaqueros have lost five of their six games by double digits and have had trouble scoring the basketball in their first six games. Drayten Howell leads the team in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 assists this season. Dejon Jackson is averaging 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds and Aaron Mejia is averaging 11.7 points this season for the Vaqueros. Meanwhile, the Lobos will look to end their two game losing streak as Monterey has lost to Hancock and Foothill in their last two outings after starting the season 4-1. Elijah Nesbit leads Monterey in scoring as the sophomore point guard is averaging 12.1 points and 5.3 assists this season. Deshawnte Collins is averaging 10.4 points and (7.6 rebounds for the Lobos and is the only other Lobo averaging in double figures. Marcus Wallace (9.4 points), Isaiah King-Halsey (9.6 points) and Brad Sewell (7.9 points) have all contributed for Monterey through seven games.
In the final game of the first round, 7th ranked Gavilan (7-0) will look to pick up their eighth straight win as the Rams will face off against Cypress (1-4). The Rams are one of two undefeated teams in this tournament and Gavilan is off to one of their best starts in the history of the program. The Rams have won all of their games by double figures and the closest games has been a 12 point victory on opening day against Lassen. Brain King Jr. leads the team in scoring as the sophomore is averaging 19.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists this season for the Rams. Ibn Zaid is averaging 15.9 points and 3.7 rebounds and has been solid for Gavilan as well. Xander Bowers (12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds), Ja-Mont Wilson (11.1 points and 9.7 rebounds), and three other Rams average over 7 points per contest for the undefeated Rams. Cypress comes into the game on a two game losing streak and the Chargers have lost four of their first five to start the season. Cypress has had trouble scoring the basketball this season as the Chargers are averaging 57.8 points per contest. Brennon Palmer is the one of two Cypress players averaging in double figures as he is leading the team in scoring averaging 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Mike Magee will look to contribute as the freshman is averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Randall Walker (8.8 points) is another option that could contribute for the Chargers over the weekend. The winner/loser of this game will face off against the Monterey/Santa Barbara winner/loser on Friday.