After falling to state-ranked No. 4 Palomar in its home opener on December 14th, the Viking women's basketball team has capped off December action by going 2-1 in the 38th Annual Colleen Riley Invitational Tournament with big victories against the Fullerton College Hornets (51-39) and the Skyline College Trojans (53-49). They reached the tournament finals for the second time this season, but were unable to haul in the championship victory.
Despite falling in the championship game, Long Beach improved their record to 9-7. With a team-pacing 12.7 points-per-game, sophomore guard Ayerjenee Jeanmard helms the Vikings on the offensive front. The veteran Viking is coming off a tournament in which she dropped double-digit points in both wins while recording a double-double in a victory over Skyline (13 points, 10 rebounds). Additionally, Jeanmard ranks fifth in the South Coast Conference (SCC) – South with her points-per-game mark and fourth in rebounds-per-game with 7.5. After being halted to just three points in a loss to Fullerton, Jeanmard was riding a five-game streak of scoring 10 points or more.
Following close behind is fellow sophomore Miranda Martinez, as she is averaging 11.4 points-per-game which is second-best for LBCC. She has recorded three double-doubles on the season with her most significant one coming in the victory over Skyline (17 points, 10 rebounds). Martinez ranks in the seventh in the SCC-South in points-per-game, third in three-point percentage (28.6%) and third in rebounds-per-game (7.9).
The women will return home this Friday, January 6 to face off against Mt. San Antonio at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Champions.
The men's basketball team recently snapped a four-game losing streak by routing the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros by the final score of 83-66 on New Year's Eve. Freshman center Charles Smith led the squad with a game-high 24 points that included an 8-for-12 mark from the floor. He was flawless from the charity strip by knocking down all six free throws with ease.
Freshman Duwane Hicks notched a double-double after crashing the boards for a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with a solid 10 points in a starting role.
Long Beach has not gotten off to an ideal start after posting a 15-12 record just last season. However, their three wins on the season have come by a wide margin highlighted by a 20-point victory over Imperial Valley back in the middle of November.
Personnel has shifted through the first 13 games of the season, but sophomore guard Breamon Richard has been a mainstay in starting five by leading the team with an 18.2 points-per-game mark. His mark ranks third in the SCC-South. Richard has proven to be the most valuable asset to the Viking offense as he has reached double-digit scoring in every contest.
The men will compete in the Chaffey College Tournament starting Friday, January 6 against tournament-host Chaffey at 1 p.m.