In SoCal tonight, there are four JUCO playoff games that will move on four teams that will play in the  the sweet 16 teams.  On the other hand, four more teams will be heading home and thinking about next year.

  1. Riverside verses Cerritos
  2. Ventura verse Copper Canyon
  3. Allen Hancock verses Fullerton
  4. Mt. San Jacinto verses Orange Coast

In the past years my JUCO fan friends had lots of fun predicting who would win these play off games and guess what, we weren’t very good at it at all so no more of that.  Cerritos, Copper Canyon, Fullerton and Orange Coast all are playing at home and  are favorites.  For some reason I have a feeling that there will be one upset tonight…won’t tell you who I think it will be.

Just like last Wednesday’s round 1 play-ins where there was an upset;  AVC upset Cuesta on the road.  Now their reward is to take on San Bernardino on the road.  Should be a fun night.

 

Coming off a very satisfying upset playoff win on road last evening against Cuesta College, the AVC team was  back on the court at 4 p.m..  Arriving back at 1 a.m. in Antelope Valley, the alarm clock went off way too early for most of the players as they headed back to class.

Now the AVC team is preparing for the second round of the playoffs against San Bernardino Valley College on the road.  Many JUCO experts feel that San Bernardino may be the best team in the state based on their balance, size and talent.  Three 6’8″ or better big men, solid at the wing and ball handling at the point.  One of the best defensive teams  I have seen this year.   Add to that, San Bernardino is one of the best shooting teams in the state and is a bit hot right now;  13 straight wins and 9-0 at home this year.

Massey Rankings does not put out its predictions  on playoff games but my guess unranked AVC would be a 25-30 point underdog in this game.

On the other hand, AVC was a underdog last night as well.

 

 

Playing the best game of their AVC careers, freshman Angelo Solis, 6’4″, 200 and Sophomore Jessie Burns, 6’8″, 275 supported Osi Nwachukwa and D’Mauria Jones to pull out a tough playoff game on the road.  AVC shot nearly 80% from the free-throw line to justify the old saying, “Good free throw shooting will win you close games.”

D Jones, 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 Assists

Osi Nwachukwa, 14 points, 6 rebounds

Angelo Solis, 13 points

Jessie Burns 12 points, 3 rebounds

AVC will be taking on #2 ranked San Bernardino Valley at  San Bernardino on Saturday in playoff round 2.

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Osi Nwachukwa

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D’Mauria Jones

 

Final…AVC 64 Fiesta 58

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

Second half was typical of AVC. This year…NO THREE POINT DEFENSE and no out side shooting. Cuesta ran up a 11 point lead. AVC came back with 1:31 seconds left to take the lead behind Jessie Burns and Angelo Solis.

Halftime…AVC 34 Cuesta 31

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

Too many turnovers for AVC BUT GOOD OVERALL DEFENSE.

AVC Game Ready to Begin

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

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The 2017-18 team doesn’t seem to quite know who they are or what they are supposed to do. This is a team that crushed a Ventura team the should have beaten the undefeated (at the time) San Bernardino after a lack-luster loss to DeAnza. It’s a team that fought No. 3 Citrus to a three point loss. It’s also a team that has lead at halftime by as many as 16 points to some very good teams, only to lose. A team that has given up double digit leads with less than 10 minutes to go to lose.

But coach John Taylor, like last season, only wanted a chance at the playoffs because he feels this team might be very much like last year’s team that went from the 14th spot to the semifinals.

If they do, it will probably be in large part because of first team All-Conference performers D’Mauria Jones and Osi Nwachukwu. Jones is averaging nearly 20 points a game this season, while Nwachukwu leads in rebounds and can easily get the offense started.Surako Follings Jr., Julian Payton (threes), Angelo Solis and Gregory Floyd Jr. (underneath) will probably have their mark on things as well.

Stay tuned.  The games starts in 2 1/2 hours.