2nd Week in Row a Jaguar Basketball Player Receives PCAC Mention
By Tom Saxe
Grossmont College basketball players Mark Ogen and Tyson Kygar have been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Athletes of the week for the week that ended Sunday.
Ogden, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Steele Canyon High School, was named Most Valuable Player and Kygar, a 6-foot-0 sophomore guard from El Capitan High, also was an all-tournament selection as the Griffins won the championship in the 42nd Grossmont College Invitational.
Ogden, who is averaging in double figures in scoring and rebounding on the season, kept his streak intact with 53 points and 36 rebounds in the G-House’s three victories in the tournament, 101-71 over West Los Angeles, 92-79 over Victor Valley and 76-68 over Cerritos in the championship game. His 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Cerritos game earned him the MVP award.
Kygar buried 12-of-13 3-pointers as he scored 53 points in Grossmont’s three victories. He also had a team-leading 13 assists and seven steals. His leadership and poise on the court helped the Griffins hold off late charges from Victor Valley and Cerritos on the second and third nights of the tournament.
Honorable mention went to Palomar wrestler Shervin Iraniha, Southwestern basketball player Jimmie Elder-Chapman and Imperial Valley basketball player Rishawn Brown.
Iraniha, a sophomore from Monte Vista High School, won the 157-pound championship as Palomar placed third in the Southern California Championships at East Los Angeles College. Iraniha had a bye in the first round as the No. 1 seed in the weight class, then pinned East L.A.’s Joseph Magdaleno-Hu in 4:47 and Cuesta’s Josh Cortez in 4:42 to reach the finals. In the championship match, he won by injury default over Palomar teammate Marshall Palmer, who advanced to the finals despite sustaining a severe cut forehead in his first bout.
Elder-Chapman helped lead Southwestern to the consolation championship at the Grossmont tournament. The 6-foot-6 freshman forward from Mission Bay High School scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 74-61 loss to Cerritos in the first round. He came back with 26 points, going 11-for-13 from the field, in an 84-66 victory over Cypress, then had 12 points, six boards and four steals as the Jaguars downed West L.A. 60-57 for the consolation title.
Brown, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard from Middletown High School in Middletown, CT. and a transfer from Cochise (AZ) Community College, had 14 points and six assists as Imperial Valley lost 84-54 to City College of San Francisco to begin the Mt. SAC Classic. He led the Arabs over Porterville 68-41 in the consolation semifinals with 20 points and five assists, then scored 22 points in the consolation finals, where IVC fell to San Diego City College 70-58.