Men's Hoops to Host Tournament Starting Thursday
The MSJC men's basketball team will be hosting the 4th Annual Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament Thursday through Saturday this week in the newly renovated MSJC gymnasium.
The Eagles will open play in the tournament Thursday night at 7 pm when they take on Santiago Canyon College. Santiago Canyon will enter the tournament as the number 4 ranked team in the latest California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches State poll. MSJC enters the tournament with a record of 3-6 after playing a brutal early season schedule which has seen them already play four games against teams currently ranked in the State's top 10 and 6 games against teams in the top 10 Southern Cal Regional rankings. Davon Sanders has been the Eagles leading scorer through the team's first 9 games as he will enter the weekend averaging 18.4 points per game, C.J. Hyder and David Thompson will come into Thursday's action both averaging over 8 points per contest.
The tournament will kick off at 1 pm on Thursday when Riverside City College takes on Bakersfield. RCC comes in ranked #12 in Southern Cal while Bakersfield at 4-3 on the year are just outside the top 15. San Diego Mesa and Chaffey will play in the 3 pm game Thursday followed by College of the Canyons and State #9 ranked Copper Mountain at 5 pm. Times for games on Friday will be the same with consolation round match-ups at 1 and 3 pm and Championship semi-finals at 5 and 7.
Saturday will be a busy day as the Hemet Valley Kiwanis along with the MSJC team will provide a free youth clinic from 8 to 10 AM for boys & girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. Following the camp on Saturday the tournament will wrap up with a consolation championship game at 11 AM, a third place contest at 1 PM, and the tournament title game at 3.
MSJC has won each of the first three Kiwanis Hoops and Crops tournaments and will be seeking their fourth straight title this weekend. Come out and enjoy the Eagles home opener on Thursday and stick around all weekend for some high level California Community College men's basketball.
Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Bracket
MSJC Head Coach Patrick Springer along with 2016 all tournament selection Carl Brown and 2016 Hoops and Crops MVP Tre Nottingham pose for a photo at the conclusion of last year's tournament in which the Eagles won the championship. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)