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August 2, 2012The largest JC Shootout of the season took place July 21 & 22 as the SoCal JUCO Shootout was held at Upland HS and nearby Damien HS in LaVerne.
Several recent local HS standouts were in action, including event MVP Marcus Bradley (Corona del Mar), Lance Booker (St. Bernard) who hit a game-winning shot against highly-regarded San Francisco and Leuzinger HS alumn Delon Wright, and Royal HS graduate J.R. Powell, who put on a shooting exhibition for his new team.
By Dave Rogahn
HighlightsThe event marked a rare Southern California appearance for San Francisco, the 2011 state champion and the #1-ranked team last season before an upset loss to Cabrillo in the playoffs. CCSF won a showdown between last spring's #1 seeds with a 69-58 win over Citrus despite 23 points from the Owls' Kerry Carter, and edged Mt. San Jacinto, 61-53, despite 17 points from Mt. San Jacinto's D'Anthony Peterson. CCSF also beat LA Trade Tech on Sunday.
But later on Sunday, San Bernardino Valley knocked off mighty CCSF thanks to an 18-foot jumper by Lance Booker (St. Bernard), who broke a 58-all tie and lifted SBVC to the 60-58 win. Marcus Bradley (Corona del Mar) had 15 points and 7 rebounds for SBVC, which saw a 14-point second-half lead disappear before pulling out the win.
Bradley had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 53-49 win over Irvine Valley on Saturday to earn MVP honors. Delon Wright ( Leuzinger) averaged 10 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals in the games vs. Citrus, Mt. San Jacinto and SBVC, and just missed a would-be game-winning 3-pointer from half court against San Bernardino.
J.R. Powell (Royal), meanwhile, hit 6 of 8 shots including 4 three-pointers for 18 points off the bench for The Tigers, a team of players from Ventura College, in a 67-31 rout of Porterville.
Saddleback easily handled defending state champion Fresno on Saturday, winning, 68-47 behind 12 points and 6 assists from Darnell Taylor (Crenshaw) and 12 points plus 5 steals from Josh Smith (SD Lincoln).
In other actionDavid Nwaba (University-LA) continued his impressive play this summer with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal for Santa Monica in a 60-55 win over College of the Sequoias. Chris Camper added 15 points for SMC.
Santa Ana got 20 points from Ray Barrios and edged Long Beach, 70-62. Chaffey jumped out to an incredible 42-9 halftime lead in an 84-43 smashing of LA Valley, who lost despite 19 points from Domanique Cotton.
Terrez Scott (Valencia) scored 13 points for Canyons in a 42-38 win over Cerritos. Cerritos won the day before, 73-37, over Rio Hondo as Kevin Conrad and DeAnthony Roberts each scored 16 points.
Otis Barrow scored a game-winning lay-up to lift SD Mesa to a 60-59 win over Cypress. Barrow led all scorers with 18 points in the game, and Travon Jones, who fed Barrow for the winning score, had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Cassie Hough led Cypress with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
SD City had little trouble with West Hills, leading most of the way in a 64-51 win. Antelope Valley held The Tigers (Ventura) to 23% shooting in a 45-20 win.
Imperial Valley edged San Jose, 40-33, behind the artistry of Michael Angulo, who had 8 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Mira Costa had little trouble with Reedley in a 48-31 win in the final game of the event.
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