After five weeks of action in junior college basketball in Southern California, we have a new number one team. San Diego takes over the top spot in southern California despite having the week off the Knights take over the top spot in the rankings. Saddleback makes a jump into the top 5 after winning the Riverside Tournament picking up three victories against ranked teams last week. Fullerton drops to the third position and Citrus and Compton round off the top 5. Grossmont and Los Angeles Trade Tech come into the rankings this week after San Diego Miramar and West Los Angeles drop out the rankings following losses last week.
Week 6 Southern California Signal The Light Basketball rankings
1. San Diego (12-3): The Knights take over the top spot in the rankings despite having the weekend off. San Diego are on a seven game winning streak and have been playing solid basketball all season. The Knights are 5-3 against teams that are ranked within our rankings and deserve the top spot at this point in the season. This week, San Diego will be back in action at the Saddleback Tournament as they will face off against Irvine Valley in first round action on Thursday.
2.Saddleback (10-2): The Gauchos move back into the top 5 after a big week at the Riverside Tournament. Saddleback picked up wins over three ranked teams (East Los Angeles, Fullerton, and Riverside) last week to win the Riverside Tournament and the Gauchos have won five straight since suffering a loss to San Diego on November 26th. Saddleback is 4-2 against teams that are ranked and are playing solid basketball starting off December 4-0. This week the Gauchos will host their own tournament and face off against Canyons on Thursday in first round action.
3. Fullerton (9-3): Last weeks top team in southern California drops two spots in the rankings after going 2-1 at the Riverside Tournament last weekend. Fullerton picked up wins against Mt. San Jacinto and Chaffey but lost to Saddleback in the semi finals of the tournament. Fullerton has won five of six and have been a standout team this season as the Hornets are 6-3 against teams that are ranked within our Signal the Light Basketball rankings. Fullerton has not back away from competition with their schedule strength all season and this week the Hornets are back in action on the road against Palomar on Friday for their lone game of the week.
4. Citrus (10-2): The Owls move back into the top 5 with all the shake ups from the Riverside Tournament and Citrus won their lone game of the week over Los Angeles Pierce on the road 84-71. Citrus is 3-2 against teams that are currently ranked and the Owls have won three straight games since losing to Fresno at the Mountie Classic on December 2nd. This week, the Owls will travel up north and play in the Kris Kringle Invitational hosted by Santa Rosa and face Mendocino in first round action on Thursday.
5. Compton (9-3): What a week is was for Compton as the Tar Tars had a solid week at the Riverside Tournament and picked up some quality wins. Compton went 3-1 last week and picked up wins over San Bernardino, Pasadena and Mt. San Jacinto. Compton lost to Chaffey in overtime but made a solid showing at the Riverside Tournament. Compton is 3-2 against teams that are ranked inside of our rankings and the Tar Tars will face off against an improved Glendale team in first round action at the Compton Tournament beginning on Saturday this week.
6. San Bernardino (11-2): The Wolverines drop two spots in the rankings after going 2-1 last week at the Riverside Tournament. After losing their first round match up against Compton, San Bernardino picked up wins against Barstow and the California Miramar JV team. The Wolverines are 4-2 against teams ranked in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings and have started the season off winning 11 of 13. This week San Bernardino will travel to my hometown and participate at the Sequoias Tournament and face Shasta in first round action beginning on Friday.
7. Cerritos (9-2): The Falcons jump up two spots in the rankings after winning their lone game last week over Allan Hancock at home 103-73. Cerritos has won four straight games and continue to play consistent basketball. Cerritos is 1-1 against teams that are currently ranked in our rankings and will take their show on their road this week at the Sequoias Tournament as the Falcons will face Oxnard in first round action beginning on Friday in Visalia.
8. Mt. San Jacinto (11-5): The Eagles stay put at number 8 despite going 2-2 last week at the Riverside Tournament. Mt. San Jacinto picked up wins against Barstow and East Los Angeles but suffered losses to two ranked opponents (Compton and Fullerton). The Eagles continue to play a tough schedule and have a solid resume as conference is approaching. Mt. San Jacinto is 4-5 against teams that are ranked and have had one of the toughest schedules in the state thus far. Next up for the Eagles will be 13th ranked Los Angeles Trade Tech on Thursday at the Saddleback Tournament as Mt. San Jacinto continues to play teams with solid records.
9. East Los Angeles (6-3): The Huskies drop out of the top 5 and seven spots after a disappointing weekend at the Riverside Tournament. After picking up a victory against Victor Valley, the Huskies lost to Saddleback and Mt. San Jacinto. East Los Angeles is 1-3 against teams that are ranked in our rankings and will face off against Oxnard in their lone game of the week.
10. Riverside (11-4): The Tigers make a three spot jump after having a solid showing at their own tournament. Riverside picked up victories against California Miramar JV, Pasadena and Chaffey but lost to Saddleback in the championship of the tournament. Riverside has been solid all season and have gone 2-3 against teams that are ranked within our STLB rankings. This week the Tigers will have one game this week and they will host Barstow on Saturday night.
11. Chaffey (9-4): The Panthers dropped six spots in the rankings after having a 1-2 week at the Riverside Tournament. After picking up a solid win over Compton to advance to the semi finals, Chaffey were blown out by 20 plus points on back to back nights (Riverside and Fullerton). The Panthers will look to recover from their last two outings as they will face Santa Ana in opening round action at the Compton Tournament beginning on Saturday. Chaffey has gone 2-3 against teams that are ranked thus far as conference is approaching quickly.
12. Antelope Valley (6-5): The Marauders jump up three spots in the rankings after going 1-0 last week with a road victory over Canyons. Our preseason number one has not a good non conference start but Antelope Valley is now over .500 for the first time since November 3rd. Antelope Valley is 1-4 against teams within our rankings and this week they will travel to the central valley in Coalinga and face off against West Hills in their lone battle of the week on Thursday.
13. Los Angeles Trade Tech (9-4): The Beavers enter the rankings for the first time this season and come in at number 13 as Los Angeles Trade Tech has started the season winning 9 of 13. Trade Tech went 2-1 last week at the San Jose Tournament and picked up wins against Monterey and San Jose but suffered a loss to a solid Fresno team 75-71 in first round action. Los Angeles Trade Tech is 0-2 against ranked opponents and will try and change that as they will face 8th ranked Mt. San Jacinto in first round action at the Saddleback Tournament.
14. Grossmont (8-5): The Griffin come into the rankings at number fourteen in our week six rankings after Grossmont went 3-0 and won the Santa Barbara Tournament. After going on a three game losing streak to end November, the Griffin have won 5 of 6 and come into our rankings. Last week, Grossmont knocked off Columbia, Desert and Bakersfield and this week the Griffin will be off. This season Grossmont is 1-4 against teams that are ranked in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings but overall it has been a solid non conference part of the season for the Griffin.
15. El Camino (6-2): The Warriors drop four spots in the rankings after suffering a home loss to Mira Costa last week. El Camino continues to put up points on the board as they hit the 100 point mark for the fifth time this season, the problem last week is they gave up 108 to the Spartans in the home loss. El Camino has been a surprise team thus far but the verdict may still be out. El Camino is 1-0 against teams that are ranked and will travel up north and face Ventura in first round action at the Sequoias Tournament beginning on Friday.
Signaling a Light: San Diego Miramar (8-4), Glendale (6-4), Mira Costa (7-6), Mt. San Antonio (8-5), Santa Monica (6-4)