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Saddleback College to Host Basketball Tournament
by: Jerry Hanula
The Gauchos will welcome IVC, LBCC, SMCC among many others.
The Gauchos will welcome IVC, LBCC, SMCC among many others.

Saddleback College will be hosting the Bill Brummel Classic men’s basketball tournament from December 17-19 in the college’s gym. This is an 8-team, double-elimination tournament of some of the top community college programs in Southern California.

Irvine Valley College will play Los Angeles Trade Tech at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, to kick off the tournament. San Bernardino Valley College and San Diego Miramar College will tangle at 3:00 p.m. with Santa Monica College and Cypress College meeting up at 5:00 p.m. Saddleback will host Long Beach City College in the feature game starting at 7:00 p.m.

This is the 12th year of this tournament which was renamed last year after Mission Viejo resident Bill Brummel. Brummel was the head men’s basketball coach at Saddleback College for 27 years (1980-1988, 1989-2008) before retiring after the 2007-08 season. He had a career record of 569 wins and just 278 losses during that time, leading the Gauchos to 11 conference titles, seven conference runner-up finishes, 21 post-season playoff appearances, and the state championship in 2002.

Saddleback defeated Mt. San Jacinto College for the tournament title last year, 64-57, and has won five of the previous 11 titles. The team is currently 3-1 following a second place finish at the Fullerton Tournament earlier this season. Sophomore guards Perry Webster (Mission Viejo HS) and T.J. Lipold (Edison HS, Huntington Beach) lead an experienced Gauchos lineup around the perimeter while sophomore center Robert Curtis (Capistrano Valley HS) is helping to secure the inside.

Ticket prices will be $5 for general admission and are available at the door.


Jerry Hannula is the Assistant Athletic Director at Saddleback College. He has worked with community college athletic programs for over 23 years. Hannula earned his bachelor’s in Sports Information from USC in 1987 and his master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sports Management from Long Beach State in 2003. In addition to being an award-winning writer, he is also president of the California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA), an administrative representative of the Orange Empire Conference, and is active on several committees of the California Community College Athletic Association.

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