For the second consecutive season, the El Camino College basketball team will play Santa Monica College to open Southern California Regional playoff action.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Santa Monica College.
The 17th-seeded Warriors (18-13 overall) placed fourth in the five-member South Coast Conference with a 2-6 record. Santa Monica (21-11, 6-4) is the third-place team from the Western State Conference Southern Division. The 16th-seeded Corsairs defeated El Camino, 95-73, Dec. 21.
"They really hammered us," El Camino Coach Ron McClurkin said. "No matter what we did that night we couldn't do a thing. They got fast breaks and they really beat us bad. They just tore us apart."
Sophomore guard Donald Smith leads Santa Monica with an 18.7 points-per-game average. Freshman guard Jason Shea is averaging 6.5 assists.
Keishaun Darthard has led El Camino in scoring all season. The 6-foot-4 guard averages 17.9. Freshman forward Steve King averages 12.2 points and sophomores Michael Houck and Darius Dubose each average 11.6 points. Dubose, a 6-0 guard, has been out because of a knee injury for the past six weeks, but is expected to play Saturday.
"He's going to make a difference," McClurkin said of Dubose. "He's a good shooter and he plays defense with more intensity than a lot of the other guys. He's not as tall, but he's quick, intense and he can shoot."
McClurkin said it will take a team effort to pull out a victory.
"We'll have to shoot a lot better than we have been and we'll have to rebound," he said. "I think we're playing a lot better now than we did when we lost to them in December."