Happy Thanksgiving and More

Posted: November 22, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball

It has been a busy week at our household getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Family coming in to celebrate from as far away as Warsaw, Poland.  We pickup up our daughter at the train station last evening as she arrived early to help Libby in the cooking.  We are looking forward our celebration.

Other people are heading back home to celebrate all of the things we have earned and have been given over the past year with their family and friends. JJ Moorer, superstar shooter stopped over at Antelope Valley College this week to pick up his AA degree.  Currently he is red-shirting at Northwestern Oklahoma State  University where he is working toward his BA degree and his Masters Degree.  He will start playing there starting next year in his last two years of his university basketball edibility.  Great work young man.

Diploma pick up

A wish of a special thanksgiving to family, the Antelope Valley College players, their family and coaching staff.  We thank God for everything we have and all of our opportunities in the future.

A month or two ago, I warned the AVC fans that their team’s schedule in pre-season was going to be brutal!   AVC was taking on the best of the best in SoCal and the team members were going to have to learn quickly and play well in all aspects of the games, including rebounding and defense.

AVC has been competitive in all of their games this year especially on the offensive end of the court.  Individuals have stood out, D’Mauria Jones and Osi Nwachukwa, are playing D-1 level basketball in every game.

The key for AVC’s success in the rest of the season is that all team members learn from playing the best teams and become as consistent in their roles every game.  Rebounding and defense must be the first thing the players think about when they wake up and when they fall asleep.  If that occurs, the Marauder’s will start putting more wins on their record.  With the rest of their schedule coming up just as tough as their first 7 games, it is imperative that all team members step up now on both ends of the court.

The key question yet to be answered is, “Can this talented group of players put it all together as a team to win basketball games against top teams?”

The following is a overview of AVC’s loss against #2 East Los Angeles yesterday afternoon;

In the third place game of the tournament, Frank Bertz was a perfect 9 of 9 from the floor including six threes and had 24 points and Roderick Williams added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as 2nd ranked East Los Angeles (4-1) overcame a five point halftime deficit and crushed 13th ranked Antelope Valley 83-67 to take home third place. D’Mauria Jones had 18 points and Osi Nwachukwu added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the loss for Antelope Valley (3-4).



East LA 70 verses  San Bernardino Valley 94

I called this game a toss-up based on East LA’s outstanding performance/deep talent against Riverside.  It was a completely difference story last evening as home team San Bernardino Valley dominated ELA from the tip off on.  If SBVC plays with the skill and consistency they did last night, few teams will have a chance against them.

Cerritos 66 verses Ventura 74

Looks like Ventura College is improving rapidly early in this season as they won the Irvine Valley College Tournament by shocking undefeated Cerritos.



SAN BERNARDINO – D’mauria Jones led the Marauder men’s basketball team with 28 points, but it was not enough as West LA defeated AVC, 93-86, at the San Bernardino Valley College Tournament, Saturday evening.

AVC will face East LA for third place in the tournament after the Huskies fell to host San Bernardino, 94-70, in the other semifinal game.

Both teams shot the ball well as West LA was 50 percent for the game while the Marauders were 48 percent, however, the Wildcats were 47 percent from 3-point range, something AVC head coach John Taylor said his team has to do a better job of defending.

Julian Payton finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists and Osi Nwachukwu added 17 points.


Posted: November 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Behind most of the game, AVC lost a tough game to West LA 93-86.  It was all about AVC’S defense’s lack of ability to handle WLA’S speed and their weak rebounding.  I do not have the number of offensive rebounds by WLA but my guess put backs gave ELA at least 15 points.  

ABC offense was solid and scoring was spread around. Lots of work to be done.  

What a War! Grossmont pulls Upset

Posted: November 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Grossmont’s all sophomore team undermanned against a much deeper RIVERSIDE kept battling against and nearly gave up 5 point lead with seconds left to squeak out an upset 74-73.  Upset baby.

Easy Run for Mt San Jack

Posted: November 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

MSJ 87 Miramar JV 39.  MSJ  to consolation championship.  Game does not count.