John Hogue Memorial Tournament
Dates: November 16-18
Teams: (3) Las Positas (3-0), Cosumnes River (0-2), Los Medanos (2-1), Lassen (2-3), Modesto (2-2), Skyline (2-2), Redwoods (0-4), Mendocino (0-1)
Matchups: The John Hogue Memorial Tournament gets underway on Thursday as eight Northern California teams will take part in the three day event in Ukiah, California. One ranked team in our rankings will take place at the tournament which begins on Thursday afternoon.
In the first game of the day on Thursday, Cosumnes River (0-2) will look to pick up their first win of the season against 3rd ranked Las Positas (3-0). Cosumnes River has not played a game since November 3rd at the San Jose Tournament when the Hawks lost a 89-83 game against Lassen. In the two games that the Hawks had, Jordan Roberson led the team in scoring averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 reboundsper contest, and James Gill averaged 12.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest. As for Las Positas, the 3rd ranked team in Northern California is off to a 3-0 start and won thier own tournament two weekends ago to start off the season. The Hawks have five players averaging in double figures and Las Positas has a lot of depth this season. Anand Hundal is leading the team in scoring averaging 14.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest. John Ketchel (14.3 points), Nick Evans (14.0 points), J.T. Branch (10.3 points and 7.7 rebounds) and Alvon Marshall (10.3 points and 6.7 assists) are off to solid starts for the Hawks through three games.
In the second game of the tournament, Los Medanos (2-1) will take on Lassen (2-3) for a place in the semi finals. The Cougars are on a two game losing streak after last weekends Ohlone Tournament. Lassen suffered losses against Canada and Ventura in their first two games of the tournament and will look to pick up a win in first round action. Unwana Ekiko leads Lassen in scoring as the sophomore guard is averaging 19.0 points per contest and is shooting 41% from the three point line. Xavier Lovelace (12.0 points and 8.4 rebounds) and Kameron Brandon (10.0 points) are two other players averaging in double figures for Lassen this season. As for Los Medanos, the Mustangs picked up a third place finish at the Solano Tournament last weekend picking up wins against Shasta and Skyline but losing to Sacramento.
In another first round match up of the tournament, Modesto (2-2) wil battle Skyline (2-2). Modesto was at the Ohlone Tournament last weekend, as the Pirates lost in the consolation championship game against Ventura but picked up a win against Marin last weekend in Fremont. Five Pirates are averaging in double figures led by Donte Walker (16.0 points), Jemeil King (15.3 points), Jaron Dickson (12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds), Nick Obazuaye (11.0 points and 12.0 rebounds) and Ryan Donnelly (10.0 points and 5.7 rebounds) have all contributed for the Pirates this season. Skyline is coming off a consolation championship loss to Los Medanos after picking up a win over Redwoods at the Solano Tournament. Clayton Ladine (13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists) is off to a solid start for the Trojans this season. Chris Fontaine (12.5 points and 14.8 rebounds) and KeDraun Buckner (10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds) have had solid starts to the 2017-2018 campaign. This will be a battle of two teams looking to move above .500 and a place in the semi finals.
In the finale on Thursday, Mendocino (0-1) will look to pick up their first win on the season against Redwoods (0-4). The tournament host will look to pick up their first win of the season after the Eagles lost thier home opener last week to Butte. Jamarlin Jackson had 30 points in the opener for Mendocino and will look to provide a scoring punch for the Eagles in 1st round action. Redwoods will look to pick up their first win on the season after starting the season with four consecutive defeats. The Corsairs lost two games at the Solano Tournament last weekend as Redwoods lost to American River and Skyline. Dunnell Stafford has been solid for Redwoods averaging 20.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest this season. He is the only player averaging in double figures for Redwoods. Tyrice Paul is averaging 9.8 points for the Corsairs this season and will look to provide some scoring punch. The winner of this match up will face the winner of Modesto and Skyline.