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On the heels of their second straight - and third in four years - conference championship, the Cerritos College men's basketball team has been seeded #5 for the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Falcons (22-6), who are looking to make their second straight appearance in the CCCAA State Championships, will be hosting #12-seeded West Los Angeles (20-8) at 7:00 p.m. in a second round game on Friday. The winner advances to the third round the following Saturday, with the winner advancing to the CCCAA State Championships, which will take place at Ventura College.
This will be just the second meeting ever between the two teams, with the Falcons posting an 87-82 win back in 1992 in their only other matchup. Cerritos posted an 8-5 record against teams that made the playoffs this season, while the Wildcats, champions of the West State Conference South Division, went 3-4 against playoff teams.
The Falcons have turned to a deep bench and versatile lineup to help them this season. Freshman Chance Hunter (Inglewood HS) leads the team with a 14.0 scoring average, as well as 7.5 rebounds a game, while freshman Tawon Elston (Roosevelt HS) has come off the bench to account for 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Sophomore Cody Wilkes (La Mirada HS), who leads the team with 58 three-pointers, is third on the team with an 11.6 scoring average, while versatile guard Jamal Heckard (Carson HS/El Camino College) checks in with 7.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, which includes a triple-double earlier in the season.
As for the Wildcats, they average almost 80 points a game and have four players who score in double-figures per game. Mark Carter leads the team with a 14.9 average, with Derrick Woods (11.3), Terrell Walters (10.9) and Jeremy Hamilton (10.0) also scoring in double figures. Carter has been successful on 56% of his field goals, with Walters making good on 46% of his three-point attempts, which ranks 13th in the state.
March 29, 2019 M. Basketball: 'Floor General' signs with Simpson University
March 1, 2019 M. Basketball: Playoff loss ends season for Falcons
February 26, 2019 M. Basketball: Team has five named all-conference
February 25, 2019 M. Basketball: Falcons seeded #5 for playoffs
February 20, 2019 M. Basketball: Team posts key win over LA Southwest
February 8, 2019 M. Basketball: Loss to rival drops team into first place tie
February 6, 2019 M. Basketball: Falcons hold off LA Harbor for fifth win
February 1, 2019 M. Basketball: Offense continues to run up big numbers
January 30, 2019 M. Basketball: High-flying offense hits the 90-point mark again
January 25, 2019 M. Basketball: Another big win for the Falcons in divisional play
January 23, 2019 M. Basketball: Falcons post big win over rival
January 18, 2019 M. Basketball: Defensive pressure too much for Falcons in loss
January 16, 2019 M. Basketball: LA Trade-Tech attack too much for Falcons
January 11, 2019 M. Basketball: Rare triple-double leads Falcons in win
January 9, 2019 M. Basketball: Loss at home worst in school history
January 4, 2019 M. Basketball: Winning streak extended to four straight
December 21, 2018 M. Basketball: Home opener nets win for Falcons
December 16, 2018 M. Basketball: Two wins in three games for the Falcons
December 8, 2018 M. Basketball: Cerritos earns big road win
December 2, 2018 M. Basketball: Falcons win Grossmont Tournament
November 24, 2018 M. Basketball: Cerritos lets lead slip in first loss of the season
November 17, 2018 M. Basketball: Win over rival leads to tournament championship
November 7, 2018 M. Basketball: Season-opening win for Falcons
February 25, 2012 M. Basketball: Win earns team second straight title