Men's Athletes of the Week
Knights' Burton, Jaguars' Ramirez are Athletes of Week
NOV. 17, 2014 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected San Diego City College basketball player Chris Burton and Southwestern soccer player Josue Ramirez as Men's Athletes of the Week.
Burton, a 6-foot-4 sophomore swing man from Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia, was named Most Valuable Player in the Knights Invitational Tournament after averaging 25.3 points and 7.0 rebounds as host City College went 4-0 to win the tournament.
Burton went 29-for-37 on field goals and 17-for-19 on free throws in the tournament. Burton scored 39 points, going 14-for-17 from the field and 10-for-10 on free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Knights opened the tourney with a 119-71 rout of Barstow. He led City College past Mt. San Jacinto 88-76 in the semifinals with 23 points and eight rebounds, going 9-for-13 from the field and 5-for-7 from the line. And he had 14 points, going 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line, in the championship game in which the Knights defeated Southwestern 84-68.
Ramirez, Southwestern's freshman goalkeeper from Chula Vista High, recorded five saves as the Jaguars downed Palomar 3-1 in the final game of the regular season to clinch their third straight PCAC championship. Southwestern (8-2-2 in conference) edged runner-up San Diego City (7-1-4, 25 points) and third-place MiraCosta (7-2-3, 24 points) for the title.
Honorable mention went to Palomar football player Bryce Alexander and basketball players Stephon Lott from Southwestern and Buddah Boyd of MiraCosta.
Alexander, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound cornerback from Brawley High School, intercepted four passes for 72 return yards in the Comets' 47-20 victory over Santa Ana to end the regular season. His performance broke the Palomar record of three, held jointly by two future Iowa State DBs, Josh Hargis (vs. Long Beach City College in 2003) and Anthony Young (vs. Saddleback in 2009) and helped lift the Comets into the Patriotic Bowl vs. Glendale on Saturday in Escondido.
Lott, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard from Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida, had 21 points and four steals as the Jaguars opened the Knights Invitational by beating Porterville 87-45. He came back with 15 points and six steals in a 78-70 victory over Citrus. And he finished the tournament with 16 points in the championship game loss to host City College.
Boyd, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound guard from Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas helped lead the Spartans to their first win of the young season, 82-60 over Rio Hondo, with 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals.