Vikings look to outfly Falcons in South Coast South Conference in the 2018-2019 season

Last season the South Coast South Conference was a two team race at the end of the 2017-2018 season. Cerritos and Long Beach were two teams that stood out above the others last season. Cerritos won 27 games and had a year to remember as the Falcons went 9-1 in conference action and brought home the South Coast South Conference championship. Cerritos went into the post season as a five seed picked up three wins and lost in the Final Four against San Francisco. The Falcons were an elite team throughout the state last season. Long Beach was another team that had a standout season as the Vikings won 19 games and made a post season appearance. The Vikings picked up a first round win in the Southern California playoffs and lost to San Diego in the 2nd round of the post season. Long Beach finished 2nd in conference and will look to build off last seasons success. Los Angeles Harbor was another team that had a winning record in the 2017-2018 season as the Seahawks went 15-13. The Seahawks made a statement for the post season but strugggled towards the end of the season as Los Angeles Harbor missed the post season. Compton, Los Angeles Southwest and El Camino all struggled a season ago and failed to register double digits in the win column in the 2017-2018 season.

2018-2019 South Coast South Conference Preview


 

Cerritos (27-6 overall, 9-1 1st place in South Coast South Conference)Last season was a season to remember for Cerritos as the Falcons won 27 games, won the South Coast South Conference championship and came within one game of making the state championship game. Cerritos entered the post season as a fifth seed in Southern California and went on to pick up three wins in the post season (Riverside, Santiago Canyon, and Yuba) before losing in the semi finals against San Francisco in a hard fought battle. The Falcons will look to make another run into the post season but Cerritos lost five key pieces from a year ago and will be fairly young. Cerritos will start the 2018-2019 season on the road against Santa Monica.

Coach: Russ May

Returnees: The Falcons return two players off last seasons team that won the South Coast South Conference championship and made a trip to the Final Four. “6-1” Cody Wilkes returns for his second season after averaging 7.9 points last season. Wilkes made 63 three pointers and shot 35% from downtown in his freshman campaign. Wilkes averaged 11 points a game at the Final Four and went 6 of 8 in the two games at the prestigious event. “5-10” Christian Alvis-Labdie returns for his second season for the Falcons. The sophomore sharp shooter made 42 three pointers and shot 40% from downtown in his freshman season averaging 6.9 points and 3.0 assists.

Newcomers: Cerritos will welcome in three transfers for their sophomore campaign that will bring experience to the 2018-2019 squad. “6-0” Jamal Heckard comes into the program after averaging 19.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists at El Camino in 2016-2017 season. Heckard showed a solid ability to score and will bring scoring to the back court this upcoming season. “5-8” Eli Zedan will give the Falcons experience in the back court as the guard comes in from Life Pacific University. “6-6” Dezmon Murphy returns after sitting out last season after averaging 10.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in his freshman campaign in 2016-2017. “6-6” Chancellor Hunter, “6-8” Andre Fields (Warren HS), and “6-0” Jalen Washington (Bishop Montgomerey HS) are freshman that will contribute this upcoming season.

Projection: The Falcons will look to make another run at the Coast South Conference title for the upcoming season. Cerritos lost key pieces from last seasons squad and only return two players from last seasons team that made the Final Four. The three sophomore transfers will add experience but will that be enough to push them into a position to win the conference title. Cerritos will get better as the season gets along and the Falcons will be a team that will make a push for the post season. We see the Falcons competing with Long Beach for the conference championship and returning to the post season for the 2018-2019 season.


Long Beach (19-12 overall, 7-3 2nd place in South Coast South Conference)Last season the Vikings finished with 19 wins and a second place finish in the South Coast South Conference. Long Beach started the season off slow but picked it up after January as the Vikings went 11-4 and picked up a post season bid in the Southern California Playoffs. Long Beach went into the post season as a 16th seed, hosted a first round game, picked up a 80-74 win over Palomar in the first round but lost in the 2nd round against San Diego. The Vikings will look to build off last seasons success as Long Beach returns six players and will look to return to the post season. Long Beach will go into the 2018-2019 season with a target on their back as being a team that has a chance to make a post season run.

Coach: Barry Barnes

Returnees: The Vikings will look to build off a 19 win season as Long Beach City College will return six players from last seasons team that won 19 games and lost in the second round of the playoffs a year ago. “6-1” sophomore Jermiah Sadler returns to team after averaging a team high of 14.9 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds as a freshman. Sadler scored over 20 points seven times and scored a season high of 33 points two times last season. “6-4” Jamiu Akinbile returns for his second season after averaging 10.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in his first season. Akinbile has improved his jump shot and will be an impact guy for the Vikings in his second season. “6-6” Matthew Wooten is another player that will return that averaged in double figures for the Vikings. The sophomore averaged 10.5 points and led the team in rebounding as a freshman averaging 5.6 rebounds in his freshman campaign. “6-1” Jordan Heard returns to the squad after averaging 8.3 points and 2.4 assists last season. “6-4” Daniel Canales (2.8 points), “6-4” Nicolas Stuart (3.2 points) will provide sophomore experience to this team that is full of sophomore experience.

Newcomers: Two sophomores will be back to the program and add some more sophomore experience to the Viking program. “6-6” CJ Smith returns to the program after sitting out last season. Smith averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in the 2016-2017 season and will provide some depth in the front court. “6-1” Garret Roberts returns after sitting out last season as the guard saw limited minutes as a freshman but will provide sophomore experience to the Vikings. “6-0” Aaron Jelks (Carson HS), “6-4” Kester Ofoegbu (Carson HS), “6-2” Jace Bass (Redondo Union HS), “6-3” Jaylin Bass (Lynwood HS) are all freshman that could contribute for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

Projection: The Vikings return the most from anyone within the conference as six players return to the Long Beach squad that made the post season from a year ago. Long Beach has three players that averaged in double figures and added two more sophomores. The Vikings will have many players that are capable of putting the ball in the basket. Experience will be key and that is why we have the Vikings making a solid push to the top of the Coast South Conference and a chance to make another trip to the post season. Long Beach has some key pieces  and we see the Vikings competing for the conference championship and being a stand out team in Southern California in the 2018-2019 season.


Los Angeles Harbor (15-13 overall, 5-5 tied for 3rd place in South Coast South Conference)Last season Los Angeles Harbor struggled to find any consistency as the team won 15 games and finished in a third place tie in the South Coast South Conference. The Seahawks found trouble putting together any type of streaks but December was a hot month for Los Angeles Harbor. In the month of December, the Seahawks went 6-2 and seemed to be in a good way rolling into the conference. Los Angeles Harbor lost their first three games in January and never fully recovered following an injury to Henry Johnson. The Wilmington based school stumbled in the second half of conference as the Seahwaks lost three out of their last four games and missed the post season. The Seahawks will look to build off their 15 wins and make a post season run with a solid group of players coming back from a year ago.

Head Coach: Tony Carter-Loza

Returnees: The Seahawks will return four players off last seasons team that won 15 games and finished tied for third place in the South Coast South Conference. The Seahawks will have a solid core coming back from last season as three of the four returners averaged in double figures last season. “6-3” Quincy Pinkard returns to the squad for his second season as the guard had a sensational first season for the Seahawks a year ago. Pinkard was an elite freshman guard in Southern California as the sophomore averaged 17.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 28 games. Pinkard scored over 20 points eight times and had a season high of 28 points against Cerritos in Coast South Conference play. Pinkard shot 53% from the floor and also was 5th in the state in steals with 77 steals as a freshman. “6-3” Henry Johnson returns for his sophomore season after missing the last eight games due to an injury. Johnson averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his freshman campaign. Johnson scored 20 points or more seven times last year and scored a season high of 26 points against Oxnard. Johnson had a solid season and will look to build off a solid freshman season. “6-4” Chris Jackson is returning for his sophomore campaign after averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. Jackson is part of the three headed trio that averaged in double figures from last season. “6-2” Oladiran Fatunmbi returns after averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds last season and will provide experience to the Seahawks.

Newcomers: “7-0” William Brooks will come into the program and will bring depth to the front court this season for Los Angeles Harbor. The sophomore will also bring experience and some size to the Seahawks. “6-8” Jacob Washington (Washington Prep) will also provide some size to the front court as the freshman will look to contribute this upcoming season. “5-9” Raphael Jalnaiz (St. Anthony HS), Kaito Ohara (Japan), “6-0” Josh Williams (Poly HS), and Kyle Thomnd (Poly HS) will all look to contribute in the back court this season for the Seahawks.

Projection: The Seahawks will look to make a run at the upper half of the conference and a possible spot in the post season for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Los Angeles Harbor returns a solid 1-2 punch in the back court (Pinkard and Johnson) and return Chris Jackson to the team. Three players return that averaged in double figures to a team that won 15 games. We see the Seahawks being a competitive team in the South Coast South Conference with a chance to compete in the upper part of the conference and make a run at a post season bid.


Compton (8-18 overall, 5-5 tied for 3rd place in South Coast South Conference): Last season Compton started off the season losing 11 of their first 13 games and never found any consistency throughout the season. The Tartars struggled to find themselves in the non conference part of the 2017-2018 season. Compton went into conference with 3 wins and started off conference action with two straight losses. The Tartars picked up their play in the second half of conference action and finished the season winning four of their last six games on the season. Compton finished the 2017-2018 South Coast South Conference season in a tie for third place with a .500 record. The Tartars will look to build off the second half of conference success and look to have a successful 2018-2019 season.

Coach: Keith Higgins

Returnees: Compton will return three players off last seasons team that won eight games in the 2017-2018 season. “6-6” Jaylen Million returns to the squad after averaging 13.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in his freshman campaign. The wing made 81 three pointers in his first season while shooting 35% from downtown a year ago. Million scored a season high of 29 points against El Camino in conference last season and scored 20 or more points seven times last season. “6-2” Derrius Ennis returns for his sophomore campaign after averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Ennis shot 56% from the floor and scored a season high of 35 points against El Camino. The sophomore scored over 20 points seven times last season and will look to have another productive campaign. “6-6” James Mitchell will return to the Tartars after averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds last season and will add some experience to the squad for the 2018-2019 season.

Newcomers: “5-9” Dominique Alexander will be a impact player for Compton this upcoming season. The freshman guard played well at the Socal Juco Jamboree in mid September and scored it in a variety of ways. “6-4” Jordan Griffin is another freshman that will contribute in a big way this season. Griffin showed great athleticism and played very well at the jamboree in September. “6-0” Ervin Lovell Allsion Jr (Centennial HS) is another player that could contribute as a freshman for the Tartars this upcoming season. Compton will have two sophomore transfers that will contribute to the program as “6-0” Aaron Gibson will provide some sophomore experience to the back court. Gibson averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a freshman at Los Angeles Southwest College in 2016-2017. Gibson is expected to be a key player this upcoming season for the Tartars. “6-4” Terrence Branch will be another sophomore that will provide experience to Compton for the upcoming season.

Projection: Compton will be a team that could shoot up the standings as the Tartars return two players that averaged in double figures. The Tartars have two freshman that stood out at the SoCal Juco Jamboree and could be a team that could shake up the standings in the South Coast South Conference. Compton returns two players that averaged in double figures and that could be beneficial to them early in the season. The Tartars have a solid core and Compton will be an improved team, but will they have enough to finish in the upper half of the standings when the 2018-2019 season ends.


Los Angeles Southwest (8-19 overall, 2-8 tied for 5th place in South Coast South Conference)Last season was a season of streaks for Los Angeles Southwest as the Cougars struggled to an 8-19 season. The Cougars got off to a decent start as Los Angeles Southwest went 6-5 in their first eleven games of the season including a huge win over Orange Coast on December 16th. Following that win, the Cougars lost six straight games going into conference and struggled to find the win column the rest of the season. Los Angeles opened up conference action with a win over El Camino but lost their next seven games and before winning their conference finale with a 85-79 win over Compton. Los Angeles Southwest will have a brand new squad after finishing tied for fifth place in the South Coast South Conference a year ago.

Coach: Calvin Kyles

Returnees: The Cougars will not return a single player from last seasons team that won eight games a year ago and finished tied for fifth place in the South Coast South Conference.

Newcomers: The Cougars will welcome a brand new team for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. “6-3” Travis Raynor (Transfer – Sullivan CC) “6-1” Jamal Logan (Tr Mt. San Antonio JC), “6-5” Abdou Gueyer (2.6 points @ North Platte CC), “6-9” Bryce Miller (West LA -Transfer) and “6-6” Lamar Harris (9.0 points @ Spokane CC) will be five players that will transfer in and provide sophomore experience to Los Angeles Southwest. “6-0” Josh Welcome, “6-2” Michyah Butler, “6-4” DeAndre Rice and “5-7” Russell Thraikill will be freshman expected to contribute this season.

Projection: Going into the 2018-2019 season it will be able to get a hard read with the Cougars as they are fielding a brand new team with no returnees coming back from an eight win team. Los Angeles Southwest will learn on the fly as five sophomores transfer into the program but how long will it take them to mesh for the upcoming season. Los Angeles Southwest will look to be competitive but with that being said how high will that take them up in the standings as many other teams within the conference have already experienced what many of the newcomers on this squad have not saw yet. We see the Cougars being a competitive squad with a chance of finishing in the middle of the pack for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.


El Camino (7-19 overall, 2-8 tied for 5th place in South Coast South Conference: Last season, El Camino was one of the highest scoring team in the state, made and attempted more three pointers than anyone in the state, 2nd in field goals made but the problem was on the other side of the ball. The Warriors could not stop anyone and gave up 110.3 points per contest last season. El Camino could not put together any type of consistency as the Warriors lost seven of their first ten games and never fully recovered. The Warriors won four games the rest of the season and struggled to a 2-8 finish in the South Coast South Conference. El Camino finished in a fifth place tie in the Southern California conference and will look to have a better 2018-2019 season.

Coach: Robert Uphoff

Returnees: The Warriors return two players that averaged in double figures from last seasons team that won seven games and finished tied for fifth place in the South Coast South Conference. “6-0” Justin Chambers who led the Warriors in scoring last season returns for his sophomore season. Chambers averaged a team high of 18.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in his freshman season. Chambers scored in double figures 20 out of 24 games and scored a season high of 36 points against Los Angeles Harbor last season. Chambers scored 20 or more points in his final eleven games of the 2017-2018 season. “6-2” Justin Reyes returns for his sophomore season after averaging 11.2 points last season. The shooter made 84 three pointers (11th in the state) in his freshman season while shooting 38% from behind the three point line. Reyes scored a season high of 18 points on three different occasions and the sophomore will add experience and shooting to the back court for the upcoming season.

Newcomers: The Warriors will welcome in plenty of newcomers to the 2018-2019 roster. El Camino will have plenty of new faces for the upcoming season and the team from the South Bay will have to grow up fast to seek out any success. “6-0” Rashon Crutcher (University HS) is expected to contribute in his first season. The back court guard will see major minutes and will be an impact player for the Warriors this upcoming season. “6-2” Marere Howard (El Segundo HS) is expected to contribute and bring depth to the back court for El Camino for the 2018-2019 season. Many other freshmen were listed on the Socal Juco Jamboree roster but time will tell which freshmen will step up and contribute for the Warriors this upcoming season.

Projection: The Warriors will look to compete for the upcoming season as El Camino will look to push the tempo. El Camino has a team full of guards but will lack front court size and that could hurt them in the half court on the defensive side of the ball. El Camino has two players that have proven that they can score the ball, but how quick will the freshmen grow up and take on a significant role? Rebounding is another question mark but time will tell, but we expect the Warriors to finish in the bottom half of the South Coast South Conference for the 2018-2019 season.


2018-2019 Signal The Light Basketball South Coast South Conference Projection

  1. Long Beach
  2. Cerritos
  3. Los Angeles Harbor
  4. Compton
  5. Los Angeles Southwest
  6. El Camino

When the season starts in a couple of weeks, the South Coast South Conference will be an improved conference in the upper half. In our eyes, Long Beach is our Signal The Light Basketball preseason favorite going into the 2018-2019 season. The Vikings return many experienced players from last seasons team that won 19 games and return two other transfers which put them in the driver seat. A lot can change from now until December but with so many sophomores returning, Long Beach appears to have the advantage on paper. Cerritos which lost many key elements from a year ago, should still be a team that will be near the top of the standings. The Falcons return two players from a year ago and will look to stay in the upper half of conference after their successful 2017-2018 season. Los Angeles Harbor and Compton are two teams that could shake up the standings and on any giving night compete and knock off the two teams I have listed ahead of them. The Seahawks and Tartars both return key elements from last seasons team and will look to make a push towards the post season. Los Angeles Southwest will look to stay competitive as the Cougars return a brand new team and will look to find themselves early in the season. El Camino will lack size and return two solid back court pieces but will that be enough to keep put them in the upper half of conference. This is a conference that could see three teams making the post season and it will be an interesting race to follow in Southern California for the 2018-2019 season.