Leaders' tumbles open door for Palomar to assume No. 1 spot in CCCSIA poll

Leaders' tumbles open door for Palomar to assume No. 1 spot in CCCSIA poll

PASADENA, Calif. - Last week was one of upsets and a message that the eventual 2018 state champion could be anyone of a number of teams. Sierra's undefeated run at 23 straight wins came tumbling down, as did its top ranking. And No. 2 Mt. San Jacinto also had its 21-game win streak snapped. That left Palomar earning 14 of 15 first-place votes as the Comets are the new No. 1-ranked team in this week's 2018 California Community College Sports Information Association State Top 20 Poll. 

Palomar is now responsible for both of new No. 3 MSJC's losses. Dropping to No. 2, Sierra fell in a Big 8 battle v. No. 9 Diablo Valley, allowing the Vikings to rise three slots. City College of San Francisco climbed to No. 4, but No. 5 Sequoias was upset by No. 8 Fresno City. The Giants then turned right around and beat No. 6  and Central Valley leader Merced.

The South Coast North continues to be pick'em on most nights. Mt. San Antonio jumped up three spots to No. 11 behind a win over No. 12 LA Trade Tech, which dropped four places. East Los Angeles also tumbled four spots to No. 15 in an upset loss v. Pasadena City, moving on to the rankings for the first time at No. 20. PCC head coach Joe Peron became the 13th coach in California Community College women's basketball history to reach 500 victories. 

Irvine Valley at No. 7, Ventura at No. 10, College of the Siskiyous at No. 13 all hung on to their positions in the poll. The Lasers have the current longest winning streak in the state at 12 games. El Camino moved up a few spots to No. 14. No. 16 Chabot and No. 17 Cabrillo were two more top 20 teams that got beat last week. LA Valley (at No. 18) and Cypress (at No. 19) each moved on to the rankings while former No. 17 Feather River, No. 19 Long Beach City and No. 20 West Los Angeles fell off this week's poll.

In an interesting stat supplied by CCCAA SID Mike Robles, last week's "received votes" teams went a combined 10-1 (.909) while state Top 20 squads were winning at a .676 clip, just 25-12 during the week that was. 

Conference Updates

NORTH
Bay Valley: Unranked Los Medanos (11-2) still a 1/2 game leader over Merritt.
Big 8: Diablo Valley shares 1st place with Sierra, both 12-1.
Central Valley: Merced (8-1) still has a game lead over Sequoias.
Coast North: San Francisco at 8-0 widened its 1st place advantage to 2 games over Chabot. 
Coast South: Cabrillo (8-1) has a half game lead over Mission. 
Golden Valley: Siskiyous flies into a 1-1/2 game conference lead over Feather River and Lassen.

SOUTH
Orange Empire: Irvine Valley (10-0) is 1 game ahead of Cypress.
Pacific Coast North: Palomar and Mt. San Jacinto are tied at 4-1.
Pacific Coast South: Unranked San Diego City (5-0) is one game ahead of Grossmont. 
South Coast North: LA Trade Tech (5-1) holds a 1 game lead over the trio of Mt. SAC, ELAC and PCC.
South Coast South: El Camino (5-0) has a comfortable 2 games lead. 
Western State East: LA Valley at 6-0 is 1 game in first over Antelope Valley.
Western State North: Ventura at 6-0 advances its lead to 2 games over two teams. 
Western State South: Unranked Canyons is the new leader here, a 1/2 game over West LA.

Here is the complete CCCSIA State Top 20 Rankings for February 5:

CCCSIA Women's Basketball State Poll (Feb. 5)    
Rk School (first-place votes Record Pts PR
1. Palomar (14) 23-1 299 3
2. Sierra (1) 24-1 282 1
3. Mt. San Jacinto 23-2 269 2
4. City College of San Francisco 21-3 227 6
5. College of the Sequoias 23-3 221 4
6. Merced 22-4 213 5
7. Irvine Valley 21-3 209 7
8. Fresno City 20-5 189 T8
9. Diablo Valley 19-4 182 12
10. Ventura 20-6 178 10
11. Mt. San Antonio 20-6 146 14
12. L.A. Trade-Tech 18-6 124 T8
13. College of the Siskiyous 22-4 121 13
14. El Camino 17-6 98 16
15. East Los Angeles 16-8 97 11
16. Chabot 18-5 68 15
17. Cabrillo  18-3 50 18
18. L.A. Valley 17-8 41 RV
19. Cypress 17-7 33 RV
20. Pasadena City 16-10 21 RV
Others: Feather River (19), West L.A. (18), Moorpark (18), Los Medanos (12), San Joaquin Delta (6), Merritt (3), Lassen (3), Long Beach City (2), College of the Canyons (1), 
       

 (Robert Lewis, Pasadena City College)