Chaffey, SBVC tune up with tournament wins

The Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley men’s basketball teams both look primed and ready for Foothill Conference play which starts Wednesday.

The local teams were both impressive in tournaments last week with the Panthers (9-4) winning the Cougar Classic at College of the Canyons and the Wolverines (11-2) besting the competition at Imperial Valley.

The Foothill Conference is esily the best conference in the state. Last year it qualified five teams for the playoffs and all five win at least a game, with SBVC advancing all the way to the Elite Eight where it lost in triple overtime

Competition should every bit as intense this year.

SBVC may have more depth than any other team in the state. It has interchangeable parts – multiple perimeter threats, multiple ball-handlers, multiple big men. And it has big game experience. Maybe it has TOO many players because some times individual agendas get in the way.

The Panthers are playing the same style they always play – always up-tempo, always entertaining. Sophomores Matthew Wallace and Anthony Cammon have been the stellar performers thus far.

Both begin conference play at home. Chaffey will host much–improved Barstow and SBVC will entertain Antelope Valley, a team it beat 71-70 in tournament play earlier. Both will tip off at 7 p.m., or immediately after women’s games which get underway at  5 p.m.