East County Sports

Griffins score just 33 points in home opening loss

Grossmont and Cypress in action on Friday night.



East County Sports staff report


EL CAJON (11-10-2018) – The home opener is usually an emotional high point for most basketball clubs, but for Grossmont College, it turned into an awful ordeal.

The Griffins were limited to a mere 33 points on Friday (Nov. 9), falling to state-ranked Cypress, 53-33, at the G-House.

The point total is the lowest total since East County Sports began operation in February 2000. There will be a future check through copies of The Daily Californian to check, but it is believed that this may be the lowest point production by the Griffins in the shot clock era.

The previous low was 44 points against Palomar in 2013-14. Cypress also did a similar beatdown of Grossmont with a 76-48 whipping during the 2001-02 campaign.

Forward Mike Magee led the Chargers (2-0) with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

For the Griffins (0-4), freshman forward Chris Moyer (West Hills) led with 10 points and shared for rebounding honors with 5. However, the rest of the starters combined to shoot just 4-for-20 (20 percent) from the floor, each making one basket each. The bench did no better, shooting a composite 1-for-15 on field goal attempts.



Saddleback 68, San Diego City 54: In a battle of state powers, the Gauchos of Mission Viejo handed the Knights their second-biggest defeat by margin in two years in this Fullerton College tournament ballgame.

It was like a playoff contest for Saddleback (3-0), which was banned from this season’s state tournament for numerous rule violations. The Gauchos also defeated state-ranked Citrus in the event opener, next meeting winless Mesa on Saturday.

Robby Robinson paced SDCC (3-1) with 14 points, but the Knights shot just 34 percent from the floor, allowing Saddleback to mount an early 26-11 cushion in the first half.



West Hills-Coalinga 78, San Diego Mesa 66: These two rivals usual meet at the Mesa Tournament, but Friday (Nov. 9) the pair of winless ballclubs met at the Fullerton Tournament, with the Central  Valley-based Falcons mounting a 12-point halftime lead to coast.

Ismail Wagner led the Olympians (0-2) with 12 points, while Adrian Lee added 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Irvine Valey 77, Cuyamaca 64: The host Coyotes are off to an 0-5 start by falling in this non-conference home game.

Interestingly, Cuyamaca defeated the Lazers in the clubs’ first meeting 12 years ago — almost on the exact date (Nov., 17, 2006) — yet haven’t won since, dropping 15 straight.

Cuyamaca has now lost 35 of its last 36 games, dating back to an 84-72 loss to Grossmont on Jan. 25, 2017. It’s also the poorest stretch by a San Diego County school since Mesa went 1-47 against community college opposition during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons (they did defeat two military teams during that period).

MiraCosta 76, Santa Ana 71:  The host Spartans (3-2) rallied from a 5-point halftime deficit to win by as many points in a non-conference contest at Crosswoods Gymnasium in Oceanside. The Dons fell to 0-3 to remain the lone winless squad from the Orange Empire Conference

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