Believe it or not this JUCO basketball season is getting closer to the half way mark.  The last couple of weeks there  has been a load upsets in SoCal JUCO basketball.  Add to that, some red hot teams and some stumbling teams changing their directions.  Here are some thoughts on which SoCal JUCO teams are getting hot and teams that seem to be cooling down.

  1. East Los Angeles whips San Bernardino Valley and then gets thumped by Riverside.  East LA seems to be up and down depending on the game. NEUTRAL
  2. San Bernardino Valley finally lost.  Although they won the AVC Tournament, it was against surprisingly weak competition this year.  It was clear that SBV was not playing their best basketball.  It was just a matter of time till San Bernardino Valley lost and sure enough  it was against ELA.  For you San Bernardino fans, I expect Coach Brewer will get his team to be playing like a team again.  When that happens it will be hard hard to beat San Bernardino.  NEUTRAL
  3. Copper Mountain College has shocked the JUCO world this year by being one of the best teams in SoCal.  Loaded with talent and size.  Copper Mountain has lost its last two games against unranked teams.  There is a rumor that is floating around that Copper Mountain has lost some key players.  Haven’t verified this but something is going on.  COLD
  4. Santiago Canyon has lost two of four in the last four games.  COLD
  5. Saddleback has lost 4 of its last 5 games and is COLD
  6. San Diego City has raced out to 6 straight wins. HOT
  7. Riverside has won 3-5 games including beating East LA. NEUTRAL
  8. Cerritos has won 4 of the last 4 games.  HOT
  9. Citrus has won 7 H in a row HOT
  10. West LA has won 4-0 HOT
  11. Chaffey has won 4-0 HOT
  12. AVC has won 3-4 by playing defense and rebounding  NEUTRAL

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When every player gets on the floor, and five of them score in double figures especially when you play shut down defense most of the game, you win basketball games.   Add to that, having 17 assists and causing 22 turnovers and keeping your turnovers down to 7, the winning score gets bigger and bigger.

  • D’Mauria Jones  26 ppg
  • Osi Nwachukwa 15 ppg
  • Greg Floyd  12 ppg
  • Wesley De Jesus  12 ppg
  • Julian Payton, 11 pp

The only negative is that AVC is going to have to get more serious in rebounding every game as they were out rebounded by 32-29.  Other than that, AVC dominated.

LANCASTER – For the second game in a row the Marauder men’s basketball team showed why it will be a force to be reckoned with once conference play starts.

AVC had no problems with arch-nemesis College of the Canyons after an easy 99-73 victory over the Cougars, Friday evening in a non-conference game at Marauder Stadium.

D’Mauria Jones led AVC with 26 points and Osi Nwachukwu finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Both were having fun on the court as they were each setting up the other for breakaway dunks which excited the crowd.

The Marauders took the lead early and used a 19-2 run to easily take advantage of a shocked COC team and lead 30-10. AVC led 56-30 at halftime.

AVC’s defense forced COC to commit 22 turnovers and the Marauders scored 37 points off those errors. AVC shot 55 percent from the field and 48 percent from 3-point range.


AVC played well against College of the Canyons in all aspects except for being out rebounded 32-29.  The only way COC stayed within 30 points was a stunning disparity of fouls called against AVC verses COC 23 – 12.  Every one( players and even officials) can have a bad night.)

AVC has won three of their last four game and looks like they may have turned the corner this year.  More data tomorrow.

Halftime…AVC 56 COC 30

Posted: December 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

AVC dominating in all aspects of game.

The College of the Canyons is coming up  14 Freeway to take on Antelope Valley College tonight at 7:00 p.m..  COC is the closest, by distance, JUCO team that AVC plays each year, less than an hour away.

These two teams look to be very competitive this year;

  1. By record College of the Canyons 4-6 verses AVC 5-5.
  2. Massey’s Predictions has AVC with a 79% chance of winning by 8.5 points.

The Antelope Valley College’s team has been struggling in it’s first 10 games(5-5) with the exception of sophomores D’Maruria Jones, 6’4″and Osi Nwachukwa, 6’4″.  Dee and Osi, co-captains of the team, have been playing exceptionally well.  This struggle is not unexpected as it was clear that it would take some time for the team to gel into the potential it possesses.

It looks like this process is coming together.  Freshman Greg Floyd, 6’10” forward, has figured out his role with AVC and has really started to turn up things for the Marauders.  Below, Jerry Mullen, well known  owner of a national recruiting combine, has mentioned Greg in Twitter and  has invited him to his prestigious Junior College Top 100 in Wichita, KS on July 20-22, 2018.

Jerry Mullens

Jerry Mullens invite

With these three D-1 quality players putting together their talent in a cohesive manner, its now time for five additional player to get serious about playing at the college basketball level.  All five of these player have shown flashes of their talent in the last few game;

  1. Sophomore  Miles Wise, 6’2″ Combo Guard
  2. Sophomore Jesse Burns, 6’8″, Center
  3. Freshman Jalon Timmons, 6’5″, Forward
  4. Freshman Angelo Solis, 6’4″, Forward
  5. Freshman Wesley De Jesus, 6,3″ Combo Guard

Rebounding, defense, and non-stop energy is needed from all players!

Finally, two starters have not been playing for the past several games due to injuries;

  1. Sophomore  Jamar Kemp, 6’8″, Center
  2. Freshmen Julian Payton, 6’0″, Point Guard

Lets get healthy,  the team needs you.  Friday’s game will be a good test to see if the AVC’s players will take another step forward to integrate  their potential and become an elite  basketball team.


The 5-5 Antelope Valley College gets its 4th straight game at home this Friday at 7 pm.  College of the Canyons 4-6 has been playing top ranked teams just like AVC and has been competitive.  Both teams are unranked.

AVC needs to win this game to prove to the world that they have turned the corner on their less than usual season.  Losing to another unranked team at home would not be  acceptable.  College of the Canyons on the other hand would love to knock off AVC who is used to being ranked in the top 10 and have played the past two years in the Elite 8 State Tournament.

Is it true as their team captain D’ Mauria Jones says,  “For the rest of the season, we are on a roller coaster that is only going up.”  See you there.