Basketball Update from East County

posted Jan 28, 2015, 9:31 AM by Sheilah Sedore

A Brave New World

By James McHugh
© East County
EL CAJON (1-28-15) — Valhalla and El Cajon Valley are the No. 1 and No. 2 teams respectively in the current CIF Power Rankings for Division 3 Boys Basketball. Mathematically it is not likely that El Cajon Valley can move ahead of Valhalla by season’s end unless some of the opponents that the Braves have played improve their records, and a number of the opponents that Valhalla has faced, falter.

This is the oddity of the Power Ranking system. However, one fix that the CIF-SDS did implement, was the movement of teams ranked in immediate succession, based on head to head competition. Simply noted, and assuming successful runs by the teams from here on out, El Cajon Valley could likely solidify a No. 1 spot in Division 3 with two victories over the Norsemen.

Easier said than done, but the Braves are off to a good start. El Cajon Valley rode a steady balance of pressure defense and points in the paint to a 56-40 victory over the Norsemen in Valhalla’s gym Tuesday night (Jan 27).

SYON HICKS (19 points) and RONNE READUS (16 points) provided much of the offense for El Cajon Valley – most of those points coming on a series of drives by Hicks and clean-up baskets from Readus. Hicks chipped in 15 of his game high 19 points before the first half had come to a close. El Cajon Valley closed the first half on a 10-1 run and led 37-19 at the break.

BRANDON RUMLEY provided a healthy dose of rebounding for the Braves throughout the night, finishing with 10 boards, seven of those coming in the third quarter.

The Braves’ press kept Valhalla flustered for most of the evening. Norsemen leading scorer COLE HENDERSON was held to eight points on the evening, four of those coming on late free throws when the game was well in hand for Coach MARTY ELLIS and his squad.

Valhalla looked somewhat baffled by the physical play of El Cajon Valley, though the Norsemen still took 18 free throws to the Braves’ 13. The Braves hit 8 of 13 charity tosses while Valhalla converted 14 of 18. JORDAN ELLIS and JACOB HAMMETT each finished the night with 12 points, but did not receive much help offensively from their Blue and Orange companions.

The teams will meet once again on Friday (Feb. 13) on Madison Avenue, when El Cajon Valley may very well be looking to wrap up a Grossmont Valley League Championship, as well as a No.1 seed in the Division 3 playoffs.

Valhalla: Jordan Ellis 12 (5 reb, 1 stl), Jacob Hammett 12 (7 reb, 1 blk, 1 stl), Cole Henderson 8 (8 reb, 5 blk, 1 stl) John Murad 7 (5 reb, 1 stl), Trey Schimke (5 reb, 2 blk).

El Cajon Valley: Syon Hicks 19 (6 reb, 2 stl), Ronne Readus 16 (14 reb, 3 blk), Dion Dean 8 (3 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk), Ibrahim Ali 4 (6 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Brandon Rumley 4 (10 reb), Ricky Garcia 3 (1 reb), Drake Afaisen 2 (2 stl).