The tournament runs Thursday through Saturday. There are four games on Thursday starting at 2 p.m., four games on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. and three games on Saturday starting at 12 noon. The championship game in on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Irvine Valley defeated Santa Monica, 81-70, in the title game last season. IVC had a fantastic season last year, reaching the state tournament for the first time in program history.
The Lasers are off to a 2-1 start this season. IVC rallied back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to edge Cuyamaca, 73-69, in the team's first home game of the season last Friday night.
Sophomore Joe Eberhard ended with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Lasers.
Freshman Ramon Mejia had his best game for Irvine Valley to lead a solid bench effort. Mejia knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 20 points.
Irvine Valley's bench had 44 points on the night.
Freshman Kalob Hatcher added 12 points, three assists and three steals. And freshman Yanick Kulich had some huge moments for IVC in the second half and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Irvine Valley opens the tournament against Long Beach City on Thursday at 6 p.m.
"We think there are some very talented and athletic teams such as Ventura and Santa Monica," IVC Coach Jerry Hernandez said. "The guard play in the tournament is going to be outstanding. Teams will be aggressive and attacking.
"This is a measuring stick for us. We always think the talent level is strong in our tournament and we want to gain more game experience, especially for our young players."