North No. 1 CCSF handles South No. 1 East Los Angeles 94-65 to close Tip-Off Classic

Wrenn Robinson scored 13 points in CCSF's win over East Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Sun)
Wrenn Robinson scored 13 points in CCSF's win over East Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Sun)

Two of the top teams in the state took the court on Sunday to wrap up the San Francisco Tip-Off Classic. In the end, it was Northern California No. 1-ranked City College of San Francisco that cruised to a 94-65 victory over Southern California No. 1 East Los Angeles College.

These two teams were on a collision course during the 2019-20 season towards the state championship final. CCSF was 30-0 while East LA was 29-1 on their way to the state tournament in Lemoore before the pandemic cause the cancellation of the championship event.  Many viewed Sunday's contest as a potential preview of the upcoming 2021-22 state championship.

It was East Los Angeles (2-1) that came out fast to start the game. The Huskies jumped out to a 9-0 lead to open the contest before the Rams responded with an 18-3 run of their own to take the lead. CCSF was up by as many as 14 points in the first half and went into the break holding a 44-35 advantage.

The Rams carried the momentum into the second half going on an impressive 20-0 run to open the second. CCSF held East Los Angeles scoreless for nearly five minutes thanks to strong defense and was up 79-52 with 10 minutes to go in the game.

Freshman Wrenn Robinson (Oakland, CA / St. Ignatius HS) led CCSF with 13 points while sophomore Naseem Gaskin (Oakland, CA / Bishop O'Dowd HS) scored 12 points.

San Francisco improved to 3-0 with Sunday's win after picking up victories over North No. 7 Yuba College (102-69) and North No. 6 Santa Rosa Junior College (79-53) at the tourney.

The Rams return to the court on Friday (Nov. 12) at 5 p.m. when they host North No. 17 Cabrillo College in a non-conference game.