Gauchos remain top team in week 9 Southern California Rankings

As we move into the rankings for week 9, Saddleback remains the top team in Southern California. Compton is at number two and is picking up a lot of momentum and crushing opponents inside of our rankings and getting consideration for that top spot. Fullerton and Riverside jump back into the top 5 and three of the first five teams in our Southern California rankings are within the Orange Empire Conference. Two new teams enter our rankings as Mt. San Antonio and Irvine Valley drop out the rankings following losses last week. Bakersfield and West Los Angeles enter the rankings this week as conference season approaches for all teams across the state.

Week 9 Southern California Signal The Light Basketball Rankings

1. Saddleback (16-2): The Gauchos remain at the top spot in the new rankings following two wins last week in Orange Empire Conference action. Last week, Saddleback picked up a hard win on the road against Orange Coast 63-59 and followed that up with a home defensive battle 44-34 victory over Irvine Valley. The Gauchos have won eleven straight games and still look like the team to beat in Orange Empire Conference action. Saddleback is 6-2 this season against teams ranked within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and will next face 5th ranked Riverside in a game that will be played on Friday night at home.

2. Compton (16-3): The TarTars remain at number two put are picking up some praise as they continue to crush teams within our rankings. Last week the TarTars picked up another tournament championship as they won the Chaffey Tournament. Compton crushed Citrus 97-79, followed that up with a 107-90 victory over Palomar and won the championship blowing out Chaffey 85-64 to win their ninth straight game. Compton is 7-2 against teams ranked within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and will have one game this week as the TarTars will face Oxnard at home on Wednesday night before conference starts next week on January 18th.

3. Cerritos (13-2): The Falcons remain at number three in our rankings after having a week off last week. Cerritos has won eight straight games and have gone 1-2 against teams ranked within our rankings. The Falcons have not played a game since December 22nd and will be back in action twice this week as they will travel to 11th ranked Antelope Valley tonight and face the Marauders and follow that up with a game against Rio Hondo at the Reggie Morris Showcase at Los Angeles Southwest on Saturday.

4. Fullerton (13-5): The Hornets move back into the top 5 following a 2-0 week in Orange Empire Conference action. Fullerton picked up a 75-64 victory over Cypress and followed that up with a 84-65 win against Santa Ana on the road to start off their conference schedule. Fullerton is 7-4 against teams that are ranked within our rankings and this week the Hornets will travel to Irvine and face Irvine Valley in their lone game of the week.

5. Riverside (14-4): The Tigers come into the top five for the first time this season after moving up two spots in the rankings. Riverside picked up wins over Ventura and Orange Coast last week and will the Tigers are one of three Orange Empire Conference teams ranked inside the top 5 of the Southern California rankings. Riverside is 2-4 against teams ranked inside of our rankings and this week the Tigers will face Santa Ana on Wednesday at home and follow that up against top ranked Saddleback on Friday night in Mission Viejo for their two conference games this week.

6. San Diego (16-5): The Knights dropped two spots in our rankings and move down to number seven after going 2-1 last week. San Diego lost in the first round of the Mira Costa Tournament 73-71 but picked up a win against Moorpark 90-73 and won the consolation championship with a 96-72 win over Los Angeles Pierce. San Diego is 4-1 in their last five games and have gone 4-4 against teams that are ranked within our rankings. This week the Knights will face unranked Cuyamaca in their lone game of the week on the road on Friday night.

7. Citrus (15-4): The Owls drop two spots in the rankings after going 2-1 at the Chaffey Tournament. Citrus lost in the first round of tournament action to Compton, but followed that up with a win over Pasadena 82-77 and then picked up a 81-46 win over Long Beach to bring home the consolation tournament championship. Citrus has a 5-4 record against teams within our rankings and the Owls have won four of five games to remain in the top 10. This week the Owls will have one game as Citrus will travel and face Los Angeles Valley on the road on Saturday evening.

8. East Los Angeles (12-4): The Huskies move up one spot in the rankings after having a solid week. East Los Angeles picked up a win against Allan Hancock 86-58, followed that up with a 87-85 win over Mt. San Jacinto and knocked off tournament host Cuesta to pick up three wins last week. The Huskies are 1-4 against teams that are ranked inside of our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and will have one game this week as the Huskies will play 15th ranked West Los Angeles on Saturday at the Reggie Morris Showcase on Saturday hosted by Los Angeles Southwest College.

9. San Bernardino (15-5): The Wolverines move up one spot in the rankings after picking up a win over Mt. San Antonio 81-65 last week. San Bernardino is 5-2 against teams that are ranked within our rankings and will travel to Palomar in their lone game this week on Friday night.

10. Chaffey (13-6): The Panthers drop two spots in the rankings following a 2-1 week at their own tournament. Chaffey slipped past Long Beach 90-89 and followed that up with a semi final win against Glendale and lost big in the championship game against Compton 85-64. Chaffey is 4-5 against teams that are ranked inside of our rankings and will be in action on Saturday as the Panthers will face Santa Monica on Saturday at the Reggie Morris Showcase at Los Angeles Southwest College.

11. Antelope Valley (12-6): The Maraduers are picking up some momentum and move up one spot in the rankings after winning the Mira Costa Tournament last week. Antelope Valley picked up wins against Los Angeles Pierce, Mira Costa, and won the championship with a victory over Bakersfield 77-75. Antelope Valley has won 8 of their last nine games and have gone 3-4 against teams ranked within our rankings and will next face 3rd ranked Cerritos at home tonight, and follow that up with a road game in Barstow on Saturday night in their games this week.

12. Mt. San Jacinto (14-8): The Eagles drop one spot in the rankings after going 2-1 last week at the Cuesta Tournament. Mt. San Jacinto picked up wins against El Camino, and San Diego Mesa but had a set back against East Los Angeles 87-85. Mt. San Jacinto has a 5-6 record against teams that are ranked within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and the Eagles have faced one of the toughest schedules in the state. Mt. San Jacinto has lost three of five and will look to get back on track against 14th ranked San Diego Miramar on Saturday in their lone game of the week on the road.

13. Bakersfield (13-8): The Renegades enter the rankings at number 13 this week after going 2-1 last week at the Mira Costa Tournament. Bakersfield edged San Diego 73-71 in first round action and followed that up with a win over San Diego Miramar to advance to the finals where the Renegades lost a close game to 11th ranked Antelope Valley 77-75. Bakersfield is 3-6 against teams within our rankings but have played

14. San Diego Miramar (14-5): The Jets drop one spot in the rankings following a 2-1 weekend at the Mira Costa Tournament. Miramar picked up a first round win over Moorpark and lost in the semi finals to Bakersfield but followed that up with a win over Mira Costa to take home third place. The Jets are 1-4 against teams ranked inside of our rankings and have won seven of eight games to stay in our top 15 for another week. This week, Miramar will face 12th ranked Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday for their lone game of the week at home.

15. West Los Angeles (10-6): The Wildcats crack the top 15 this week after picking up a win against Southwestern last week. West Los Angeles is 1-3 against teams that are ranked inside our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and will have two games this week to prove that they belong in the rankings. West Los Angeles will face Los Angeles Valley on the road on Wednesday and follow that up with a game against 8th ranked East Los Angeles on Saturday at the Reggie Morris Showcase.

Signaling a Light: Irvine Valley (10-7), Mira Costa (10-9), Mt. San Antonio (10-7), Glendale (10-7),