Rancho Santiago College will play host to Cypress in a men's basketball game tonight with a chance to gain a share of first place in the Orange Empire Conference.
Cypress (25-5, 7-0) holds a one-game lead over Rancho Santiago (21-6, 6-1) with three games left in conference play. Cypress defeated Rancho Santiago, 88-78, in the teams' first meeting.
Rancho Santiago struggled against Orange Coast Wednesday but won, 64-63. The Dons were playing without Tony Smalley, who was injuried Tuesday in a freak accident.
Smalley, a freshman forward from Servite High School, fell in the shower at school, chipped three teeth and suffered minor nerve damage in his jaw. Smalley, who is averaging 12 points a game, is expected to play in tonight's 7:30 game.