San Diego Tops week one rankings in Southern California

After one week in the books, there in not many changes in the new rankings in Southern California. San Diego remains the top team in Southern California after the Knights picked up quality wins against Mt. San Jacinto, and Fullerton. San Bernardino, East Los Angeles, Cerritos and Riverside round off the top 5. Saddleback is at number six as the Gauchos drop out of the top five after suffering a set back last week. Fullerton, Citrus, Copper Mountain and newcomer Santiago Canyon round off the top ten in our week one rankings. Bakersfield, Grossmont and newcomer Palomar enter the rankings this week. Mt. San Jacinto and Southwestern round off the top fifteen for week one in Southern California.

Week One Southern California Rankings

1. San Diego (3-0): The Knights remain at the top of the Southern California rankings after picking up the Knights Invitational Tournament championship. San Diego picked up a 97-78 win over Los Angeles Harbor, followed that up with a 99-81 win over Mt. San Jacinto and picked up the title with a 70-63 win over Fullerton in a rematch of the state championship. The road doesn’t get any easier for the defending state champions as the Knights will face off against 11th ranked Bakersfield (2-1) on Thursday at the Fullerton Tournament.

2. San Bernardino (3-0) The Wolverines remain at number two in the rankings after winning the College of the Desert Tournament. San Bernardino picked up a 73-59 win over Compton, a 61-57 victory over Saddleback and followed that up with 74-64 win over Copper Mountain. It is a solid start for the Wolverines as they will next be in action on November 17th against 12th ranked Grossmont at the Alvin Hunter Classic in San Bernardino.

3. East Los Angeles (2-0): The Huskies remain at  number three in our rankings after posting two wins last weekend in Valencia. East Los Angeles picked up a 87-73 win over Glendale and followed that up with a 73-50 win College of the Canyons to open up thier season. This weekend, the Huskies will be off and East Los Angeles returns to action on November 17th as the Huskies will face 5th ranked Riverside at the Alvin Hunter Classic in San Bernardino.

4. Cerritos (3-0): The Falcons move up one spot in the rankings after picking up the San Diego Miramar Tournament championship. Cerritos picked up a 73-66 victory over Southwestern, followed that up with a 79-60 win over Mira Costa, and won the championship by holding off San Diego Miramar 99-98 in a game which the Falcons led by 20 plus in the second half. The Falcons will be off this weekend and return to action on November 16th as Cerritos will face Canyons at the Irvine Valley Tournament.

5. Riverside (3-0): The Tigers move up one spot in the rankings following thier championship at the Ventura Tournament. Riverside slipped past a pesky Moorpark team 73-65, followed that up a 72-67 win over Antelope Valley and cruised past Orange Coast 88-69 to bring home the championship. The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow on the road against Barstow (0-2) in their lone game of the week.

6. Saddleback (2-1): The Gauchos drop two spots and fall out of the top five. Saddleback picked up a 75-70 win over Glendale (AZ) and followed that up with a loss to San Bernardino 61-57 in the semi finals of the College of the Desert Tournament. The Gauchos recovered the next day by getting past West Los Angeles  65-53 to bring home 3rd place. Saddleback will be in action twice this week as they travel to 15th ranked Southwestern on Wednesday and follow that up with a home game against a solid Antelope Valley team on Saturday night at home.

7. Fullerton (2-1):The Hornets move up one spot in the rankings following a very solid weekend at the San Diego Tournament. Fullerton picked up a 86-69 win over San Diego Mesa, and followed that up with a 79-72 comeback victory over a tough Citrus team. Fullerton fell short in the championship game against top ranked San Diego 70-63 but put out a solid effort. The Hornets return to action on Wednesday in their home opener in first round in their tournament against Chaffey (1-2).

8. Copper Mountain (2-1): The Fighting Cacti move up one spot in the rankings after losing in the championship game last week at the College of the Desert Tournament. Copper Mountain picked up a 84-78 overtime win over Grossmont, followed that up with a 74-62 win over West Los Angeles, and in the final the Fighting Cacti lost to 2nd ranked San Bernardino 74-64. It is a good start to the new program as the Fighting Cacti return to action on Saturday as they host Santa Monica (0-2) in thier home opener.

9. Citrus (2-1): The Owls move up one spot in the rankings after a third place finish at the San Diego Tournament. Citrus picked up a 74-57 win over Cuyamaca in first round action and followed that up with a 79-72 lost against Fullerton in a game that saw them leading big at the break. Citrus picked up a tough win against 14th ranked Mt. San Jacinto 86-80 to take home third place. The Owls will face San Diego Mesa on Thursday in first round action at the Fullerton College Classic.

10. Santiago Canyon (3-0): The Hawks started off the season with a Big Bang and jump into our top 10. Santiago Canyon is the fourth team from the Orange Empire Conference in the top 10. The Hawks picked up a 105-84 win against Long Beach, followed that up with a 138-125 win over El Camino and then finished off 11th ranked Bakersfield 102-85 this past weekend. The Hawks went over the 100 point mark three times and will be in action on the road on Saturday night against Los Angeles Pierce in their lone game of the week.

11. Bakersfield (2-1): The Renegades remain at number eleven following a 2-1 week which saw Bakersfield picking up wins against Santa Ana and Long Beach at the Santiago Canyon/Santa Ana Tip Off. Bakersfield suffered a set back against Santiago Canyon but still remain at number 11. This week, the Renegades will open up at the Fullerton Tournament on Thursday against top ranked San Diego.

12. Grossmont (2-1): The Griffins move up one spot in the new rankings after winning the consolation championship at the College of the Desert Tournament. After losing 84-78 first round match up against Copper Mountain in the season opener, Grossmont knocked off Desert 96-71 and followed that up with a win over Glendale (AZ) in the consolation final. This week, the Griffins will have one game this week as Grossmont faces unranked Cypress on the road on Thursday in their lone game of the week.

13. Palomar (2-1): The Comets come into the rankings at number 14, following a third place finish at the Ventura Tournament. In the opening game of the season, Palomar picked up a 95-78 win over Los Angeles Valley, but the Comets lost to Orange Coast in the semi finals. Palomar finished off the weekend with a win over Antelope Valley to take home third place over the weekend. Palomar will next face off against Orange Coast on Thursday at home in a rematch of last weeks meeting in the semi finals of the Ventura Tournament.

14. Mt. San Jacinto (1-2): The Eagles move down two spots in the rankings after losing two games last weekend at the San Diego City College Tournament. After picking up a season opening win against Barstow 101-80, Mt. San Jacinto lost their next two games. Mt. San Jacinto lost to two quality ranked opponents as the Eagles lost to top ranked San Diego 99-81, and lost to Citrus 86-80 in the third place game. This week, the Eagles are back in action as Mt. San Jacinto will face Canyons in first round action on Wednesday at the Fullerton Tournament.

15. Southwestern (2-1): The Jaguars move down one spot but stay in the rankings after posting a 2-1 weekend at the Miramar Tournament. After losing their season opener to 4th ranked Cerritos 73-66, Southwestern posted two straight victories to stay in our rankings. Southwestern picked up a 86-82 win over Rio Hondo and followed that up a 78-66 win over Imperial Valley. This week, the Jaguars will have a test as Southwestern will host 6th ranked Saddleback on Wednesday and follow that up with a road game against Irvine Valley on Friday in their two games this week.

Signaling a Light: Antelope Valley (1-2), Victor Valley (0-0), San Diego Miramar (2-1), Orange Coast (2-1), Ventura (2-1)