Skip Robinson Classic
Dates: November 16-18
Teams: El Camino (0-3), Los Angeles Trade Tech (1-1), Mt. San Antonio (1-2), Los Angeles Valley (0-3), Mira Costa (3-2), Los Angeles Southwest (0-2), (10) Santiago Canyon (4-0), Pasadena (1-2)
Matchups: The Skip Robinson Classic hosted by Pasadena City College will start on Thursday as eight Southern California teams will take part at the three day event. One ranked team in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings will take part at the tournament as 10th ranked Santiago Canyon will look to stay undefeated after winning their first four games of the young season.
In the first match up of the day, El Camino (0-3) will take on Los Angeles Trade Tech (1-1) in first round action beginning at 1pm on Thursday. The high scoring Warriors have averaged 110.3 points per game through three games but the issue has been at the defensive end as the Warriors are giving up 125.6 points per contest. El Camino has five players averaging in double figures as Troy Biglow leads the team in scoring averaging 17.7 points per contest. Justin Chambers (13.0 points), Justin Reyes (14.7 points), Omosa Ogunsuyi (12.3 points) and Isiah Armstead (13.3 points) are all players in double figures for the Warriors. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Trade Tech is coming off a big loss to West Los Angeles on Monday night as the Beavers are 1-1 on the season. Tyler Jelks leads Los Angeles Trade Tech in scoring and Antonio Monroe has provided some scoring punch for Trade Tech as well. It should be a high scoring affair in the first game of the day at the Skip Robinson Classic.
In the second game of the day, Mt. San Antonio (1-2) will face off against Los Angeles Valley (0-3). Mt. San Antonio had the week off after losing in the consolation championship at the San Francisco Tournament against Santa Rosa in their last outing. The Mounties have two players averaging in double figures as Marc Howard Jr. is leading the team in scoring after three games averaging 19.3 points and Evan Council is in double figures averaging 18.7 points per contest for the Mounties. On the other side of the ball, Los Angeles Valley will look to pick up their first win on the season after losing their first three on the season including a loss to Los Angeles Trade Tech in their last outing. Dejwan Walker has been a bright spot for the Monarchs as the sophomore guard has put up big numbers thus far including a 32 point effort against Palomar. Christian Morataya has also been solid for Los Angeles Valley and will look to have another solid outing for the Monarchs. The winner of this game will face the winner of El Camino and Los Angeles Trade Tech.
In the third game of the day in first round action, Mira Costa (3-2) will face off against Los Angeles Southwest (0-1) at 5pm. The Spartans are on a two game winning streak after picking up wins against Cuyamaca and Rio Hondo last week. The Spartans have two players averaging in double figures led by freshman Xaiver Allison who averages 14.0 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. Sophomore shooting guard Cody Hicks is in double figures averaging 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Spartans. On the other side of the ball, Los Angeles Southwest will look to pick up their first win of the season after losing to West Los Angeles last night. Los Angeles Southwest is led by D’Lano Beckles (18.5 points), Isaiah Hawk (13.5 points), Jose Fouler (11.0 points), and Deric Daniels (11.0 points) are averaging in double figures.
In the night cap, 10th ranked Santiago Canyon (4-0) will look to pick up their fifth straight victory to open the season as they will face tournament host Pasadena (1-2). The Hawks have stepped on the scene as one of the surprise stories of the young season. Santiago Canyon is averaging 107.8 points per contest and have scored a season high 138 earlier this season against El Camino. The Hawks have four players averaging in double figures led by Antoine Jenkins who is averaging 30.0 points per contest through four games. The freshman has scored 39 and 38 points in back to back games and he is first in the state in scoring. Rodney Henderson (26.5 points and 10.5 rebounds) is off to a hot start, A.J. Garrity (14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds), and Kamron Fleming (10.5 points) are all in double figures for Santiago Canyon. For Pasadena, the Lancers are coming off a 1-2 showing at the Ventura Tournament and Pasadena has not played since November 4th. Pasadena picked up a win over Moorpark but lost to Antelope Valley and Ventura. Joe Hampton (23.7 points and 7.0 rebounds) and Kyle Mitchell (15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds) have been solid for the Lancers. Pasadena will look to pick up a first round victory and advance to the semi finals and face the winner of Mira Costa and Los Angeles Southwest.