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Signal The Light’s men’s CC rankings

2018 COMMUNITY COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL

By John Bynum, Jr.
Courtesy, Signal The Light Basketball

VISALIA (12-11-2018)   —– This week’s Top 10 community college men’s basketball teams, as determined by Signal the Light Basketball, an unofficial yet trusted sourced for information on the sport:

  1. Fullerton (10-1): The Hornets stay at the top of the rankings after winning three games last week. Fullerton traveled up north to the Foothill Tournament and picked up wins against Marin, Reedley and Foothill. The Hornets have won ten of their first eleven games to start the season and are 4-1 against teams inside the Signal The Light Basketball week six rankings. This week the Hornets will be on the court twice as Fullerton will host Santa Monica on Wednesday and follow that up with a road game against Grossmont on Saturday.
  2. East Los Angeles (7-2): The Huskies remain at number two in the rankings after going 3-0 last week. East Los Angeles picked up three wins at the Riverside Tournament winning games against Saddleback, Riverside, and Copper Mountain. The Huskies have now won four games in a row and are 2-0 against teams ranked inside our week six Signal The Light Basketball rankings. The Huskies will be off this week and return to action on December 21st as East Los Angeles will face 4th ranked Cerritos.
  3. Mt. San Jacinto (11-1): The Eagles stay put at number three in the rankings following three wins last week at the Riverside Tournament. The Eagles blew out Copper Mountain 91-56, beat Saddleback 79-74 and followed that up with a 101-60 win over Riverside. The Eagles have won six in a row and are 3-1 against teams ranked inside of our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. This week the Eagles will be in action twice as Mt. San Jacinto will face Barstow on Friday and follow that up with another home game against San Diego mesa on Saturday for their last two games of 2018.
  4. Cerritos (8-1): The Falcons stay put in the rankings following a win last week. Cerritos went on the road and picked up a huge win against Hancock 68-61 for the Falcons fourth win in a row. The Falcons are 3-1 against teams inside of our rankings and this week Cerritos will travel up north to Visalia and play at the Wyndham Classic hosted by College of the Sequoias. Cerritos will open up against 4th ranked Fresno on Friday, face Shasta on Saturday and finish the weekend facing 8th ranked Sequoias on Sunday.
  5. Hancock (7-2): The Bulldogs stay put at number five despite going 1-1 last week. Hancock picked up a road win against West Hills-Lemoore but suffered a home loss against Cerritos. The Bulldogs are 1-2 against teams that are ranked within our week six rankings and have started the season winning seven of nine. This week the Bulldogs will face Orange Coast on Thursday, Santa Ana on Friday, and Los Angeles Southwest on Saturday at the Los Angeles Southwest Tournament.
  6. Long Beach (9-2): The Vikings stay put in the rankings after suffering a loss last week due to everything happening behind them in the rankings. Long Beach suffered a home loss against Imperial Valley 82-81. The Vikings are 0-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our rankings and this week, Long Beach will have one game as the Vikings will host Mt. San Antonio on Friday in their lone game of the week.
  7. Southwestern (9-4): The Jaguars move up one spot in the rankings despite going 1-1 last week. Southwestern picked up a win against Barstow but lost against Chaffey at home. Southwestern has lost two of their last three games and are 3-2 against teams that are ranked inside of our week six rankings. This week the Jaguars will have one game as Southwestern will face Santiago Canyon at home on Saturday night.
  8. San Bernardino (6-3): The Wolverines move up three spots in the rankings despite having the week off. San Bernardino has started the season winning six of nine and are 0-1 against teams ranked inside of our week six rankings. This week, the Wolverines will face 12th ranked San Diego at home tomorrow night, then face 13th ranked Chaffey on the road on Friday.
  9. San Diego Miramar (8-2): The Jets move up three spots in the rankings after picking up a win and a shake up with all the losses above them in the rankings. Miramar picked up a 85-73 win in their lone game last week over San Diego Mesa. The Jets are 1-2 against teams that are ranked and this week Miramar will be in action twice as the Jets will face 14th ranked Cypress on Thursday and follow that up with a game against Irvine Valley on Saturday.
  10. Saddleback (6-6): The Gauchos drop three spots in the rankings after going 1-2 last week. Saddleback had setbacks against 2nd ranked East Los Angeles and 3rd ranked Mt. San Jacinto but found the win column against West Los Angeles. Saddleback is 3-3 against teams that are ranked inside our week six rankings and are 6-4 against teams inside of California. This week the Gauchos will have one game this week as Saddlebackwill face Santa Monica at home on Saturday.
  11. Los Angeles Trade Tech (8-2): The Beavers come into the rankings for the first time this season after going 3-0 last week. Los Angeles Trade Tech picked up wins against Desert, Canyons and Bakersfield to win the Santa Barbara Tournament. The Beavers have now won eight straight games after losing their first two of the season. Los Angeles Trade Tech has not faced a team inside of our week six rankings and this week the Beavers will have the week off and return to action on December 28th against Orange Coast.
  12. San Diego (7-6): The Knights move up three spots in the rankings despite having the week off. San Diego benefited from all the teams losing and falling out of the rankings. San Diego is 2-5 against teams within our rankings and will be back in action tomorrow night against 8th ranked San Bernardino on the road for their last game of 2018.
  13. Chaffey (6-3): The Panthers are new into the rankings as Chaffey picked up two wins last week. Chaffey picked up wins against Grossmont and Southwestern and have won three straight games. The Panthers are 2-2 against teams that are ranked within our week six rankings. This week, the Panthers will be in action twice as Chaffey will travel and face Victor Valley on Wednesday and follow that up with a home game against 8th ranked San Bernardino on Friday.
  14. Cypress (7-2): The Chargers check into the rankings for the first time this season after having a solid week going 2-0. Cypress has started the season winning seven of nine games and are on a four game winning streak. Cypress is 0-1 against teams that are ranked inside of our week six rankings. This week the Chargers will be in action twice as Cypress will face 9th ranked Miramar on Thursday and follow that up with a road game against MiraCosta on Saturday.
  15. Citrus (6-5): The Owls drop six spots in the rankings after losing last week against Santiago Canyon. Citrus has now lost three straight games and the Owls are 2-4 against teams that are ranked inside of our week six Signal The Light Basketball rankings. This week Citrus will look to end their three game skid as the owls will host El Camino on Friday for their lone game of the week.
Signaling a Light: Cuesta (8-3), Santiago Canyon (6-4), Riverside (6-5), Desert (7-4), Los Angeles Harbor (6-3), Los Angeles Pierce (6-3), Copper Mountain (7-5)

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VISALIA (12-3-2018) – Followers of community college basketball in California have been waiting for the California Community College Athletics Association, the state’s governing body, to update its rankings. It’s been more than a month since the preseason ratings were released, so we searched for an organization which offers its “one man’s opinion” on which team is No. 1.

We found one which is well-researched and composed by a former all-state player, John Bynum, Jr., who once scored more than 1,000 career points for College of the Sequoias. Bynum went on to capture an NCAA Division II championship at Metro State University in Denver, then played professionally in Europe for over a decade.

Bynum runs a website called “Signal The Light” basketball.  He covers games in person, traveling all corners of California to cover games, including a stop locally over the weekend at the 47th annual Grossmont College Invitational to watch Cerritos edge San Diego City in the title game between state powers.

Bynum’s latest rankings were released this morning (Monday., Dec. 3). The staff at East County Sports heartily endorses them.

Signal The Light Basketball’s
Week 5 Southern California men’s community college basketball rankings


1. Fullerton 7-1
2. East Los Angeles 4-2
3. Mt. San Jacinto 8-1
4. Cerritos 7-1
5. Allan Hancock 6-1
6. Long Beach 9-1
7. Saddleback 5-4
8. Southwestern 8-3
9. Citrus 6-4
10. Copper Mountain 7-2
11. SBVC 6-3
12. Miramar 7-2
13. West Los Angeles 7-4
14. L.A. Harbor 5-2
15. San Diego City 7-6

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