We have a new number one team in Southern California after San Diego City suffered a defeat in our last rankings that were released. Saddleback returns to the top spot in the rankings followed by number two Compton in our newest poll. Cerritos also cracks into the top 5 and Fullerton and San Diego close out the rankings for week 7 in our Final rankings of 2016.
Week Seven Southern California rankings
1. Saddleback (13-2): The Gauchos move back to the top spot in Southern California after winning their own tournament and going 3-0 since our last rankings were released two weeks ago. Saddleback picked up wins against Canyons, Mira Costa and won the championship with a victory over Irvine Valley. The Gauchos have now won eight straight games and finished with a 13-2 non conference record and are done for 2016. We will see the Gauchos back in action on January 4th as they open up Orange Empire Conference play against Orange Coast on the road. Saddleback has a 5-2 record against teams that are ranked inside of our top 15.
2. Compton (12-3): The Tar Tars continue to move up in the rankings as Compton continues to beat ranked teams and improve as the season moves along. Compton moves up three spots in the new rankings after going 3-0 at their own tournament picking up victories over Glendale, West Los Angeles and then blowing out Chaffey 95-76 to win the title. Compton is on a five game winning streak at the moment and the Tar Tars are 4-2 against teams that are ranked in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. This week Compton will travel to 4th ranked Fullerton and battle the Hornets in a game between two top 5 teams on Friday night for their lone game of the week.
3. Cerritos (13-2): The Falcons jump four spots in our rankings and continue to win games as Cerritos is currently on a eight game winning streak and move into our top 5 in southern California. Since our last rankings were released, Cerritos went to the Sequoias Tournament and picked up the championship as the Falcons knocked off, Oxnard, Sequoias and beat Ventura in the title game. Following that, the Falcons picked up a road win against Los Angles Pierce. Cerritos is 2-2 against teams that are ranked inside of our top 15 and will not be back in action until January 10th as they will travel to 10th ranked Antelope Valley.
4. Fullerton (11-4): The Hornets drop one spot in the rankings since our last poll has been released as Fullerton knocked off Palomar and El Camino in non conference play but suffered a set back against Mt. San Antonio on the road. Fullerton is 3-2 in their last five games but still a team to watch out as Orange Empire Conference play is around the corner. Fullerton is 6-4 against teams that our ranked inside our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and the Hornets have had one of the hardest schedules in the state. This week it will not get any easier as the Hornets host 2nd ranked Compton on Friday night in a game between two top five teams in Southern California action.
5. San Diego (14-4): The Knights fall four spots after going 2-1 at the Saddleback Tournament as San Diego fell in the first round to Irvine Valley but followed it with two wins against Los Angeles Trade Tech and Canyons to bring home the consolation championship. San Diego has been solid all season long as the Knights are 5-3 against teams that are ranked within our rankings this season. This week, the Knights will be off but will return to action on January 3rd at the Mira Costa Tournament in first round action against unranked Bakersfield for their first game of 2017.
6. Citrus (12-3): The Owls drop two spots in the rankings after finishing third place at the Santa Rosa Tournament since our last poll was released. Citrus picked up a first round win against Mendocino, but lost to Feather River but followed that up with a 90-81 win over a solid Santa Rosa team. Citrus has won 12 of 15 to start the season and will have this week off and return to action on January 3rd as the Owls will host Rio Hondo. Citrus is 4-3 against teams that are ranked within the Signal The Light Basketball rankings.
7. East Los Angeles (7-3): The Huskies move up two spots in the rankings after winning their lone game since our last rankings were released. East Los Angeles picked up a 79-61 road victory over Oxnard in their lone battle. East Los Angeles is 1-3 against teams that are ranked within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and will return back to action on Wednesday against 12th ranked Grossmont in first round action at the San Diego Mesa Invitational.
8. Riverside (12-4): The Tigers move up two spots in the rankings and are the third Orange Empire Conference school inside of our top 10 ranked. Riverside picked up a 96-57 victory over Barstow in their lone game since our last rankings were released. Riverside is 2-3 against teams that are ranked inside of our Signal The Light Basketball rankings, the Tigers will next face Ventura on the road on January 3rd in their next outing as they will have this week off.
9. San Bernardino (13-3): The Wolverines drop three spots in our rankings after a third place finish at the College of the Sequoias Tournament. San Bernardino picked up wins against Shasta, and Sequoias but suffered a set back against Ventura in the semi finals in Visalia. The Wolverines will be in Arizona this week at the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout and face Big Bend in first round action on Wednesday. Following that the Wolverines return back to California and will face 14th ranked Mt. San Antonio at home on January 6th. San Bernardino is 4-2 against teams that are ranked this season within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings.
10. Antelope Valley (7-5): The Marauders move up two spots in the rankings after going on the road to Coalinga and picking up a victory over West Hills. It has been a difficult non conference for Antelope Valley as our preseason number one team has went 7-5 and has struggled against teams that are ranked as the Marauders are 1-4 against teams inside of our rankings. Antelope Valley will be back in action on Wednesday as they will travel up north and face Sierra in first round action at the Chabot Tournament.
11. Chaffey (11-5): The Panthers stay put at number eleven after going 2-1 at the Compton Tournament. Chaffey picked up wins against Santa Ana and Los Angeles Pierce before losing to Compton in the championship game. The Panthers are 3-4 against teams that are ranked in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and will return to action on January 6th against Long Beach at their own tournament. Chaffey is 2-3 in their last five games and will look to get back on track as the new year starts next week.
12. Mt. San Jacinto (12-7): The Eagles drop four spots in the rankings since our last rankings drop after going 2-2.
13. Grossmont (8-5): The Griffin move up one spot in the rankings despite having the last couple of weeks off. Grossmont is 1-4 against teams that are ranked this season and will be back in action after a long lay off. The Griffin will take on 7th ranked East Los Angeles is first round action at the San Diego Mesa Invitational on Wednesday.
14. Mt. San Antonio (10-6): The Mounties move back into the rankings after going 2-1 since our last poll. After losing to Bakersfield in overtime on December 13th, Mt. San Antonio picked up wins against Desert and Fullerton at home and move back into our rankings. Mt. San Antonio is 4-4 against teams that are ranked inside of our rankings and will have this week off and return to action on January 6th on the road against San Bernardino.
15. San Diego Mirarmar (9-4): The Jets come back into the rankings following the last rankings that were released. Miramar has won 9 of 13 to start the season and have won two straight games. The Jets beat Desert and San Diego Mesa and have posted a 1-2 record against teams that are ranked within our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. This week, Miramar will be back in action at the Imperial Valley tournament as the Jets will face off against Pasadena on Wednesday.
Signaling a Light: Irvine Valley (8-6), Mira Costa (9-7), Los Angeles Trade Tech (9-6), El Camino (8-4), Glendale (8-5), Ventura (9-7), West Los Angeles (9-6)