Thursday, March 9, 2017

CCCAA: Thursday's matchups

 East Los Angeles - Feather River

The northerners have a multi-position offensive arsenal -- Derrick Randolph, Anthony (a UNLV commit) Smith, Lamous Smith, Jamel White, Chris McDonald et al -- and are shooting 47.9% from the floor while holding the collective opposition to 39.2%.

However East Los Angeles sports an even better 50.2% accuracy but versus 43%. Both teams want to play fast. The Southlanders aren't that tall yet out-board opponents by 11+ per game.

What does all of this mean for a Feather River perspective? To win, the Eagles will need plus games from two of their Big Five, more than likely Randolph and Smith, with at least average contributions from the remaining threesome. It will be most interesting to watch if Lamous Brown can reduce Roderick Williams' effectiveness and efficiency as Williams shoots with 60% from the floor but is limited in range as the 6-foot-7 freshman is at 11% with three pointers. He signed with Texas El Paso back in November.


 Yuba - San Diego City

The offense of the 49ers has been a dual threat this season with the sychronicity of the inside guys creating looks for the outside crew and vice versa. There aren't too many teams shooting 51.5% overall and 42.2% from three-point range. Plus, a 19 game winning streak is simply a remarkable achievement. 

One element not all that acknowledged is the depth and effectiveness Coach Doug Cornelius possesses inside. Whenever Jihad Woods needs a rest, Erick Schieve can step in followed by Xavier Francois. Or they can be mixed and matched as a duo with the other ready to come in off the bench. The consistency of Jourdan Johnson in the backcourt has aided all involved plus Brandon Ruaro's deadliness from outside has made the Yuba offense a pick-your-poison puzzle.

Winners of 14 straight, San Diego City is likewise a squad of depth with the scoring spread out among a number of talents -- try eight players averaging between 11.9 and 7.0 point per game.


City College San Francisco - Antelope Valley

CCSF is sporting a 16-game win streak while Antelope Valley went through an up-and-down season before catching fire of late. To succeed, the Rams must receive an efficient and productive effort from Zach Copeland as well as plus solid contributions from Eddie Stansberry and Armani Collins.

Jailen (signed with Tennessee Martin) Gill, though measuring 6-foot-7, is Copeland's Antelope Valley counterpart and it will be difficult for the Matadors to emerge victorious without a terrific game from him. Who on the Rams will draw the task of defending him?

Both teams were over plus five in rebounding versus opponents so the boards battle will be one to watch as will shooting accuracy as both AVC and CCSF are at least a plus eight in that category on the season.


Cañada  - Fullerton

Cañada's mix of quick guards and smallish but powerful inside players makes the Colts a difficult matchup. With the tallest on the team measuring 6-foot-5, Cañada still easily owned the boards this season with a plus seven differential and, with a go-go-go, on-the-run offensive style, the squad committed but 13 turnovers a game. Probably the best tack to take with the Colts is not allowing any one player to go off for 25 or so points. Here's looking at 6-foot-5 Anthony Navarette as one key -- if he plays at a plus level then the Colts certainly have a great chance to win.

Out of Fullerton's last five victories, the closest margin has been nine points. The Hornet defensive effort is impressive as they possess a plus 10 differential in overall shooting accuracy and a plus six with long distance shooting. Fullerton is a hard matchup due to being equally proficient at playing inside and outside the paint.

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