JC notes: Vikings have more than one weapon

first_imgSophomore guard Deon Tresvant has garnered most of the attention lately, and rightly so. That’s to be expected when you break the Long Beach City College single-game scoring record three times in one season, including two games in a row. But Tresvant isn’t the only reason the LBCC men’s basketball team has won its third consecutive South Coast Conference South Division title this season. He’s not the sole factor in the Vikings’ 13-game winning streak that includes victories over Compton, Mt. SAC, L.A. Trade Tech and L.A. Southwest. Long Beach has plenty of talent that surrounds Tresvant. That talent includes swingman Eric Williams – LBCC’s only other starting sophomore – and a host of freshmen that have developed over the course of the season. They include Chris Brown, Matt Richard, Emmanuel Green, Randolph White and Kenneth Hurd. The Vikings have overcome a slow start that saw them sport records of 2-6, 4-7 and 7-10. Now, LBCC is 20-10 and ends its regular season at 7:30 p.m. today at home against El Camino. “Can you believe that?” LBCC coach Gary Anderson asked of his team’s recent success. “We’ve gotten a lot better and we seem like a team that survives. We fight. … I’m proud of the way this team has brought things together.” Tresvant is clearly the star. The Cabrillo High graduate averages 25.0 points per game – third in the state – and has scored 111 points in his last two games, eclipsing his own school record each night. But Williams is sixth in the state in scoring (21.2 ppg) and third in rebounds (12.3 rpg). “Eric is just as important (as Tresvant) with all the things he does,” Anderson said. “He’s such an athletic, strong player. There’s no one that can really match up with him, in the conference or the state.” The freshmen provide a defensive presence and a spark off the bench. Richard is a defensive stopper and Hurd “saved our bacon,” according to Anderson, when he made six consecutive free throws in the Vikings’ 132-131, triple overtime victory last week over L.A. Southwest. “Everybody has been playing their role, doing their thing,” Anderson said, “and that’s the reason we’re playing so well.” center_img On the dotted line Compton College had several football players sign national letters of intent last week, including a pair headed to the SEC. Outside linebacker Lamar Brumfield and free safety Ashlee Palmer each signed with Mississippi. Both were first-team All-Western State Conference selections and Palmer was selected a JC All-American. Larry Dennis, an all-conference defensive end, signed with UNLV and fellow defensive end Nasseer Ghafur signed with Northern Colorado. Offensive tackle Eldridge Sims signed with Kansas State. Cerritos defensive end Jamal Jones has signed a letter of intent with Morehead State in Kentucky. Jones was an All-Mission Conference National Division first-team selection. Freshman center Cody Fisher signed with Morningside College, an NAIA school in Iowa. Off and running LBCC’s men’s volleyball team has run its consecutive victory streak to 21 matches after three triumphs to open the 2007 season. “We’ve got a lot of experience and depth this year,” said Randy Totorp, who led the Vikings to state titles in two of his first three years at LBCC. Long Beach lost just two sophomores from last season’s state title team and is led by sophomore outside hitter Naseri Tumanuvao, the MVP of last season’s state tournament. The Vikings went 18-0 a year ago on their way to the state crown and are 3-0 so far this year. At 6 p.m. Friday, they host a very tough team from Irvine Valley. “I think Irvine will be our first real test,” said Totorp, who feels the overall competition in the state is stronger than before. “It’s going to be a tougher road (to the state title) but we’re rolling right now.” Also The Cerritos baseball team is off to an 8-2 start and opens a three-game homestand today. The Falcons host Golden West at 2 p.m. today and welcome Irvine Valley at 2 p.m. Thursday. On Saturday, Cerritos hosts Fullerton at noon. Freshman pitcher Jessica Navarro tossed a five-inning no-hitter Saturday for Cerritos’ softball team (6-3), which has recovered nicely following an 0-3 start. Navarro struck out six batters in the 9-0, mercy rule-shortened victory over Ventura at the Irvine Valley Green and Gold Tournament. The only blemish on her day was a hit batter in the fourth inning. The Falcons host Antelope Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday. David Felton can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more