Chaffey College to host men’s basketball tournament


Chaffey College will host an eight-team men’s basketball tournament starting Friday. The Panthers (11-5) open up at 1 p.m. against Long Beach City (3-10) in the first of four games at the college’s sports center.

Citrus (13-3) will play Compton (13-3) at 7 p.m., the final game.
The field also includes College of the Desert (3-11), Glendale (8-6), Pasadena (5-10) and Palomar (7-7).

Panthers coach Jeff Klein said he started the event out of need. In the past the Panthers had started Foothill Conference play right after the new year. But with that conference disbanding and teams scattered in difference conferences, most now don’t start play until the middle of the month. That left a two week void when teams least need it.

“It really came out of need,” said Klein, also the school’s athletic director. “When we saw the schedule in the spring we saw that gap there . When we decided to do this it came together pretty quickly because there were a lot of schools in the same boat.”
Klein is hoping the home event helps his team get is energy back. The Panther won

six of their first seven gamed, the highlight in that stretch a win over then-No. 1 Saddleback on Nov. 19. It is just 5-4 since then.

He admits maybe his players got a little too high on themselves and also said the target on his team anyway after reaching the state semifinals in three of the last four years.

“We came back from Thanksgiving and haven’t been the same,” he said. “Hopefully having some home games and playing in this we can get back to where we were in November. I still think we have good potential.”

Sophomore point guard Brian Beard, a product of Rancho Cucamonga, is the team’s leading scorer (15.3 ppg). Sophomore guard Kameron Curl is also in double figures (14.3 ppg).

The Citrus squad boasts several local players, most notably freshman forwards Khlail Williams (Los Osos) and Kyle Gray (Bonita) and sophomore guard K.C. Cyprian (Chino Hills). Cyprian is the team’s second-leading scorer (11.1 ppg) with Williams also in double figures (10.6 ppg) with sophomore Tyler LaCour (Etiwanda) close (9.9 ppg).

The semifinals are at noon and 4 on Saturday with consolation games with a consolation games at 2 and 6. The final will be Sunday at 4 with third place game at 2.

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Cal State San Bernardino to offer free admission to Thursday games

arena for december 29 advisory

Cal State San Bernardino will offer free general admission and parking for Thursday’s men’s/women’s doubleheader against Cal State Stanislaus.

The Cal State men are currently 5-4 overall and 1-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play while Stanislaus, coached by former Coyotes coach Larry Reynolds, is 4-6, 1-2.

On the women’s side Cal State comes in with a record of 5-3, 2-2 in conference play. Stanislaus is 5-7, 3-0.

The handicapped and red zone parking restrictions will be observed for the games that begin with the women at 5:30 p.m. and the men at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Due to maintenance on campus Dec. 29-31, all vehicles on campus will be restricted to parking lots A, F, G, and H.  All other lots will be closed.  Student housing residents in Serrano Village and Arrowhead Village will be required to move their vehicles to parking lot F.

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Etiwanda’s Jordan McLaughlin earns Pac-12 honor

USC junior point guard Jordan McLaughlin was named the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 19-25.

It was the first conference weekly honor for McLaughlin and first by a Trojan since Elijah Stewart took home the award on Dec. 22, 2014.

McLaughlin, an Etiwanda High School graduate, averaged 19 points, 6.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in three wins last week. He helped lead the Trojans to the Las Vegas Classic title by capping off his 22-point finals performance with a game-winning layup with 4.5 seconds remaining in overtime of a 94-92 win over Wyoming on Dec. 23.

In the 83-75 semifinal victory over Missouri State on Dec. 22, McLaughlin scored 19 points and had five assists.

He began the week by scoring 16 points and dishing out nine assists in a 79-67 win vs. Cornell on Dec. 19. McLaughlin was named the MVP of the Las Vegas Classic, and during the week also averaged 39.0 minutes per game, was 11-for-11 from the free throw line and posted a 4.8 assist to turnover ratio (19-4).

McLaughlin concluded nonconference play ranked second in the Pac-12 in minutes played (34.2 mgp), and assist to turnover ratio (2.8), third in assists (5.2 apg) and 14th in scoring (14.7 ppg).

He has guided USC to a 13-0 record and a No. 22 ranking, as one of six undefeated team remaining in Division I men’s basketball.

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