No. 10 Rams take third at Golden Gate Classic, Amoroso named to all-tourney team

Sierra Kolomatangi drives to the hoop in CCSF's opening-night win over West LA. (Photo by Eric Sun)
Sierra Kolomatangi drives to the hoop in CCSF's opening-night win over West LA. (Photo by Eric Sun)

SAN FRANCISCO – It was a great weekend of quality competition at the 2021 City College of San Francisco Golden Gate Classic. The No. 10 state-ranked Rams went 2-1 at their home tournament to finish in third place.

CCSF opened the three-day event at Brad Duggan Court with a 66-58 win over West Los Angeles College on Thursday, but suffered a 66-55 loss to Santa Rosa Junior College in Friday's semifinals. The Rams were able to bounce back to defeat East Los Angeles College 72-63 in the third-place game on Saturday to close out the tourney.

Freshman guard Mikayla Amoroso totaled 24 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals over three games to earn all-tournament honors. Amoroso's best game came in the third-place matchup against East LA as she posted 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals to spark the Rams to the win.

CCSF held a narrow 42-38 lead at halftime over the Huskies, but outscored East LA 20-11 in the third quarter to pull away for good.

Rianna Lee scored 16 points to lead the Rams while Teuila Tuiasosopo added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Talo Li-Uperesa nearly had a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

CCSF couldn't hold an early lead against Santa Rosa and suffered just its fourth loss of the season. The Rams jumped out to a 23-14 advantage after the first quarter but went cold in the second allowing Santa Rosa to take a one-point (32-31) lead into halftime. The Bear Cubs outscored the Rams 34-24 over the final two quarters to pull off the win.

Tuiasosopo led CCSF with 13 points and added 6 rebounds. Li-Uperesa posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Beca Tasi also grabbed 10 boards to go with 4 points and a apair of blocked shots.

The Rams pulled off another narrow win to open the weekend, rallying late in the fourth quarter against West Los Angeles. CCSF trailed 50-46 heading into the final quarter and limited West LA to just eight points over the final 10 minutes to overtake the lead.

Li-Uperesa had a he game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Kaela Stonebarger chipped in with 12 points and 4 assists while Amoroso had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.

CCSF, now 11-4 overall, returns to action on Dec. 29 when the Rams will host West Hills College Lemoore at 6 p.m.

2021 Golden Gate Classic (Dec. 16-18)

Day 1 Results / Thursday, Dec. 16
Game 1 – Sierra 107, Napa Valley 43
Game 2 – East Los Angeles 89, Skyline 84
Game 3 – Santa Rosa 66, Sequoias 60
Game 4 – CCSF 66, West Los Angeles 58

Day 2 Results / Friday, Dec. 17
Game 5 – Skyline 68, Napa Valley 44
Game 6 – Sequoias 71, West Los Angeles 53
Game 7 – Sierra 87, East Los Angeles 55
Game 8 – Santa Rosa 66, CCSF 55

Day 3 Results / Saturday, Dec. 18
Game 9 – West Los Angeles 71, Napa Valley 70 (Seventh-place game)
Game 10 – Sequoias 70, Skyline 65 (Consolation Final)
Game 11 – CCSF 72, East Los Angeles 63 (Third-place game)
Game 12 – Sierra 72, Santa Rosa 59 (Championship Final)

All-Tournament Team
MVP- Jesse Miller, Sierra
Jenna Duley, Sierra
Trinity Hawkins, Santa Rosa
Ashleigh Bar, Santa Rosa
Mikayla Amoroso, CCSF
Delilah Kimble-Gray, East Los Angeles
Celeste Lewis, Sequoias
Diamond Williams, West Los Angeles