Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7 p.m. AVC at Los Angeles Valley 

For me, bad losses stick with my memory lots longer than big wins.   Maybe that’s because I always expect the team to play their hardest and best every game.

Last year, AVC lost their conference championship early in the season by losing to LA Valley College in a game at LA Valley.  AVC stumbled around  that whole game.  Nothing would please LA Valley more than to do that again this year.

Lets take a look at the two teams this year;

  1. AVC 11-10  verses LA Valley  5-12
  2. AVC scoring 79.3 ppg verses LA Valley 64.3
  3. AVC giving up 67.7 ppg verses LA Valley  74.8
  4. AVC rebounding 38.3 verses LA Valley 39.2
  5. LA Valley has upset two ranked teams in their last four games, #9 San Diego Miramar and #11 Bakersfield.

To win this game on the road, AVC is going to have play solid defense both keeping LA Valley  out of the middle and to NOT give up open 3 point shots.  Add to that, LA Valley has out rebounded AVC this year and so AVC is going to have to step up and do the dirty work.

I wouldn’t be too surprised to see D’Mauria Jones double or triple teamed again.  Jones needs to then become the “Kobe Facilitator” and his teammates will pound the ball into basket until the double team is pulled and he can take back his scoring duties.

Massey Ranking gives AVC a 9.5 point advantage on this game.




When you score 30+ points, rip down eight rebound and get the rest of your starters involved to all score double figures and dominate the boards like Dee Jones yesterday, basketball is an easy game.

The first 10 minutes of the game didn’t look like it was going to be that kind of game.  Barstow was hitting all of it shots and AVC dropped down by nine points.  Then AVC turned its energy up and the game become easy.

AVC Basketball Men

Expect every game coming up to have Dee Jones double or triple teamed.  No big problem with that if he shares the ball for easy layups and wide open threes like he did in this game.  The double and triple teams on him just disappear.

By: Alex Vejar…Antelope Valley Press

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team dominated in second shots, leading to a 107-81 win over the Barstow Vikings at AVC in the Western State East Conference opener for both teams.\

The Marauders (11-10, 1-0 WSE) outscored the Vikings (7-11, 0-1 WSE) 27-8 in second-chance points, helping AVC win just its second of its six previous games.  “I think we’re a little more athletic than they are,” Marauders head coach John Taylor said. “They have a lot of foreign players and its a different style of basketball. But I thought, considering that we had lost four out of our last five games, I commend our guys for coming out and putting together a good effort.”

D’Mauria Jones scored a game-high 31 points and had eight rebounds and four assists, while Gregory Floyd Jr. tallied 19 points and Osi Nwachukwu added 16 points and two blocks.  “Obviously (Jones) is a special player,” Taylor said. “He does some good things out there, not only for himself, but for others. When he’s sharing the ball like that and making plays, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”

Will Pierce scored 21, leading Barstow. Paul Vilela added 17 for the Vikings.  The Marauders took their biggest lead of 29 after Floyd made a 3-pointer with about two and a half minutes remaining in the game.  AVC took an 18-point lead early in the second half, but the Vikings pulled within 65-56 with 14:45 remaining in the game. Jones’ steal and one-handed transition dunk gave the Marauders a 73-58 lead.  Barstow closed the gap again with about 10 minutes remaining, but AVC answered again, this time with a 6-0 run to take an 83-68 lead.

The Marauders trailed by nine points early in the first half, but pulled within 23-20 after a 3-pointer. Floyd gave AVC a 30-26 lead with a put-back layup with about eight minutes remaining in the first half.

The Vikings tied the game at 30. AVC, however, went on 20-5 run that culminated with Jones making a 3-pointer with less than two minutes left in the first half. AVC ended the first 20 minutes with a 53-42 advantage after Vikings guard Vilela made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Score Barstow

Five players for AVC in double figures.

The fifth top scoring team in the State of California rolls into the Antelope Valley College tonight at 7 p.m..  Barstow College is scoring an average of 89.2 points per game in comparison to AVC’s 77.9 #26th in the State.

On the other hand, AVC’s defense keeps its opponents scoring down to 67.0 ppg where as Barstow gives up 89.4 ppg, second worst in in the state.  Bottom line as usual, will good defense over come wide open scoring?

Both Barstow and Antelope Valley are far from being satisfied with their pre-season records with Barstow’s record at 7-9 and AVC’s at 10-10.

Massey’s Ratings has AVC a 10.5 point favorite tonight with AVC’s home court advantage and it’s defense keeping their opponents down to 67 ppg.  Should be a fun game!


victor valley coach

I talked on and off this past year to Coach Johnson at summer shootouts and pre-conference tournaments.  He was always smiling and upbeat and was really excited about the team he recruited this year.  In fact, Victor Valley put together a stunning win against AVC several weeks ago in the Cuyamaca tournament.  He was thrilled with his accomplishment beating AVC.

When I read below in the CCCAA website that Coach Johnson passed away due to an unexpected heart attack, I was shocked.  Our condolences to the Victor Valley program and his wife and two small children.  We will miss you.

Jan 10, 2018
The CCCMBCA is sad to announce the passing of Victor Valley College head coach Troy Johnson, 45. Johnson, who was in his second year as the Rams’ head coach, reportedly suffered a heart attack yesterday (Tuesday, January 9) and passed away.

He joined the College athletic department in August of 2016. Johnson had amassed over 16 years of collegiate coaching experience with eight in the California community college system. “Coach J” as known by his staff and players enjoyed two successful seasons as the men’s basketball at Merritt College before moving on to San Jose State University as the video coordinator and administrative assistant coach for the Spartans men’s basketball program. Before he became a head coach he served as assistant at College of San Francisco and Ohlone College.

He also gained valuable experience as a coach for NCAA DII powerhouse Adams State University. While at Adams State, Johnson helped the Grizzlies assemble an offensive attack that was ranked in the top 10 in points per game.

“The 2018 season will continue with a heavy heart as we learn about and attempt to cope with the passing of one of our own, Victor Valley Head Coach Troy Johnson,” Steve Ball, CCCMBCA president, said in a statement. “Troy was a great advocate and mentor for his player and represents the character that the CCCMBCA aspires to model. His smile and enthusiasm will be missed.”
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Johnson played junior college basketball at Merritt College, then moved to the southwest and played for the Mustangs of Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM.

“I enjoyed having Coach Troy Johnson on staff,” Jaye Tashima, Victor Valley College athletic director, said. “He has brought the program up to a highly competitive level. He was always in it for the student-athlete. His efforts were always geared towards ‘student first, basketball player second.’ I miss him – he made me laugh every day.”

Last year, Victor Valley College was 4-21, but this year Johnson had the Rams off to an 11-5 start and state No. 20 ranking. Johnson leaves behind two young children.

I follow this couple’s website who love to travel.  They just visited Montevideo, Uruguay a city of 1.3 million people in South America.  I was born in Montevideo but my birthplace is in Minnesota and has about 6000 people.  Same name but very different place.  Maybe some day I will visit the big one there?

via Montevideo ~ Starting Our Year In Uruguay!

Its been a couple of brutal weeks for a stumbling AVC team losing 4 of the last 5 games.  AVC’s lack of outside shooting ability has stood out.  AVC has a week to get its act together before it enters its conference season.  Can they do it?

OCEANSIDE – Osi Nwachukwu led the Marauder men’s basketball team with 30 points and added 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Marauder men’s basketball team lost its fourth game in its last five losing to San Diego Miramar, 72-65, in the third place game of the MiraCosta College Tournament.

It was the second time in a row that AVC lost in the third place game of its tournament.
The Marauders led 37-33 at halftime but were outscored 39-28 in the second half. AVC shot a dismal 1-for-12 from 3-point range while the Jets netted eight 3-pointers.
AVC open conference play on Jan. 13 at home against Barstow.