The junior college playoffs get underway this weekend with both San Bernardino Valley College teams and the Chaffey College men in action.
The Chaffey men will play at Saddleback at 7 p.m. on Friday. It’s an interesting matchup because the Gauchos eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs last year 63-61 on a last second shot. It will probably one of the better games of the night across the state and features teams from the two premier conferences.
The San Bernardino Valley women are seeded No. 7 and will host No. 10 Palomar, also on Friday. SBVC beat the Comets in the playoffs last year and bested them on a neutral court in the first game this season for both teams.
The SBVC men will wait one more night. They will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Los Angeles Pierce. SBVC is the top seed in the South, deservedly so. The Brahmas beat Moorpark on Wednesday to earn a berth opposite SBVC, which has won 18 straight games.
Now that the dust has cleared, pairings for the SCIAC men’s basketball tournament have been determined.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (19-6, 11-3) is the top seed and will host Occidental on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The other game will feature Cal Lutheran (15-10, 9-5) at Pomona-Pitzer (13-12, 9-5).
Going into the last game of the season Redlands, Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer were all tied for third so two of the three were going to make it in. Redlands looked to be the shoe-in with a game against seventh-place La Verne but the Bulldogs lost. They lost their last four games of the season so they didn’t deserve to get in.
Meanwhile Pomona-Pitzer beat Oxy 55-54 and Cal Lutheran upset Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 74-67.
The championship game will be on Saturday with the highest seeded team hosting.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps basketball player Cameron Hanson is this week’s SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week.
The senior center averaged a double-double as CMS went 2-0 to secure a spot in the SCIAC tournament after being three games down with four to play.
In Thursday’s must-win at Whittier, she had 12 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three blocks as CMS won 80-61.
In Saturday’s home finale against Pomona-Pitzer, she scored 10 points and added 13 rebounds, three blocks and three steals as CMS won 65-51. She shot 61% (7/13) from the field in the two games. In SCIAC play, she averages 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.